A large quantity of sliding doors

With the eight new railcars, the capacity of the Pialatus Railway can be noticeably increased - not least thanks to the sliding doors and the control from Gilgen. «We have considerable know-how in terms of railway technology,» explains Key Account Manager Armin Hürst. Together with the carossiere producer Calag, Gilgen developed a sophisticated and safe rail control system – plus twelve sliding doors per carriage. The first vehicle will be delivered in summer 2021. The railcars not only travel 3 km/h faster, they also have a higher passenger capacity. The uphill journey, for example, will only take 19 minutes instead of 30. The interval timetable can be changed to 30 minutes instead of 45 minutes. «With our system, we were able to contribute to the fact that the traction units are loaded and unloaded much faster,» Armin Hürst describes the optimisation achievement. Hürst is proud of the project: «For us, this is another showcase project and proof that we can recommend ourselves for further projects with our railway know-how.»

 

Technical overview

- Eight new railcars with twelve sliding doors each
- 19 minutes uphill (previously 30), 28 minutes downhill (previously 40)
- New: Introduction of half-hourly service
- Construction phase: November 2020 to May 2023
- Length of railway line: 4 618 m
- Height difference: 1635 m
- Drive power: 210 hp / 154 kW per railcar

 

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