U-Bahn Serfaus

The U-Bahn Serfaus (until 2019 Dorfbahn Serfaus for "Village Railway Serfaus") is an underground air cushion funicular people mover system in the Tyrolian village of Serfaus in Austria.

U-Bahn Serfaus
Dorfbahn Serfaus.jpg
Seilbahn station
Overview
LocaleSerfaus, Austria
Transit typeFunicular
Number of lines1
Number of stations4
Operation
Began operation14 December 1985 (1985-12-14)
Technical
System length1.3 km (0.81 mi)
Electrification950 V AC
System map

Seilbahn
1.3 km
Zentrum
0.8 km
Kirche
0.6 km
Parkplatz
0.0 km

OverviewEdit

Serfaus is a busy ski resort, and during the season has to cater for large numbers of skiers. The slopes are accessed by a cable car and a gondola lift, whose lower stations are situated at one end of the village's main street. A large car park is located at the other end of this street, and the Dorfbahn connects the two, allowing the conversion of the village into a car-free zone. Besides the two terminal stations at Seilbahn (cable car) and Parkplatz (car park), there are two intermediate stations in the village centre.[1]

The line was built in 1985 by the Freissler-Otis company. It consists of a single, 1,280-metre (4,199 ft) one-track line, with a single train operating on a shuttle basis. The train comprises two cars, is suspended on an air cushion, and is moved by a funicular haulage system. The tunnel is 10 feet (3.05 m) wide and 11 feet (3.35 m) high. The train can carry 270 people, and travels at a speed of 25 mph (40 km/h).[2]

During the winter season the line operates between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, and between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm in the summer. A single journey takes 7 minutes, with the intermediate stations served only in the respective main load direction (in the morning toward Seilbahn, in the afternoon toward Parkplatz). The service is free of charge.[citation needed]

Extensive renovations were carried out from 2016 to 2019, and the new train began operating in July 2019, almost doubling its passenger capacity.[3]

StationsEdit

 
Schematic network plan of the U-Bahn Serfaus
Station km Notes
Parkplatz 0.0   Parking area
Kirche 0.6 Church, town's centre
Zentrum 0.8 Formerly named Raika. Bank,[a] town's centre
Seilbahn 1.3   Cable Car station

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Named after "Raiffeisen Bank", shortened as "Raika"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dorfbahn Serfaus - Introduction". funimag.com. Retrieved April 13, 2007.
  2. ^ "Dorfbahn Serfaus - Technical". funimag.com. Retrieved April 13, 2007.
  3. ^ "Erneuerte Serfauser U-Bahn eröffnet - tirol.ORF.at".

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