Dorfbahn Serfaus

The Dorfbahn Serfaus is an underground air cushion funicular people mover system in the Tyrolian village of Serfaus in Austria. The name literally translates as Serfaus Village Railway.

Dorfbahn Serfaus
Seilbahn station
Overview
LocaleSerfaus, Austria
Transit typeFunicular
Number of lines1
Number of stations4
Operation
Began operation1985
Technical
System length1.3 km (0.81 mi)
System map

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

Overview

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.

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

Stations

Station km Notes Map
Parkplatz (Serfaus)
0.0
Parking area
Kirche (Serfaus)
0.6
Church, town's centre
Zentrum (Serfaus)
0.8
Formerly named Raika. Bank,[4] town's centre
Seilbahn (Serfaus)
1.3
Cable Car station

References

  1. "Dorfbahn Serfaus - Introduction". funimag.com. Retrieved April 13, 2007.
  2. "Dorfbahn Serfaus - Technical". funimag.com. Retrieved April 13, 2007.
  3. https://tirol.orf.at/stories/3004343/
  4. Named after "Raiffeisen Bank", shortened as "Raika"
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