Throughout the company history, GANGLOFF Cabins has often produced or rebuilt specialty vehicles for railroads. Thanks to cable railway cars becoming larger and larger and people mover furnishings becoming more and more comfortable, we have acquired a know how in recent years that works for railroad vehicle construction as well.
The Dolderbahn in Zürich began operating as a cable railway in 1895. In those days it connected the Römerhof to the Hotel Waldhaus Dolder, and from there one took a trolley to the Grand Hotel Dolder. In 1973 it was possible to replace the cable railway with a cog railway and extend the track all the way up to the Grand Hotel Dolder. The bodies of both of the motor coaches came from GANGLOFF and have some of the attributes of cable railway cars. For instance, the side wall struts are adapted to the slope. The cog railway technology came from the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works (SLM) in Winterthur.
As the steepest cog railway in the world, the Pilatusbahn is in many ways comparable to a cable railway in terms of the car requirements. It should therefore come as no surprise that the last of the 10 motor coaches were equipped with GANGLOFF bodies. With the 4 passenger decks on different levels and the two driver’s cabs, the layout is highly reminiscent of vintage cable cars.
With its Hikt 302 and 307 freight cars, the Wengernalpbahn has two cars that are tailor-made to its needs. The superstructures of these freight cars with drop sides came from GANGLOFF, whereas the undercarriages came from existing freight cars.
In 1990/1991, we were able to equip two existing freight car undercarriages with TTL superstructures with sliding walls for the Rhaetian Railway. This project also benefited from the commercial vehicle know-how that GANGHOFF accumulated over the years. Innovative developments in one business area are also of benefit to our customers in other business areas. All of this is possible thanks to an efficient and transparent organization.