Why are gondolas marked?
Cable cars do not only transport passengers, but also tools, food and other goods. Waste on the other hand is transported from the mountain into the valley. The transported goods have to be uploaded accordingly. Often there are also frail people, families with small children or even injured persons on board. Then too, it is important to slow down the speed on entry and provide assistance on exit or to enable the fastest possible onward transport to the hospital.
But how does the staff know, who or what will arrive in the station with the next gondola?
The marking serves advanced communication between the mountain and the valley
Some clever cable car operators have come up with the following inventive solution: Each gondola is registered in the station. Before the cabin is coupled onto the rope, the computer knows: there is a gondola. If the employee now presses a certain button, he or she can programme the gondola so that it triggers a signal tone the next time it enters the station. At the same time, the person makes a phone call to the following station to tell them which number was marked and why.
It worked like this even before the digital age. But it is precisely the combination of the latest technical possibilities and targeted human consultation that makes the cable car such a safe and comfortable means of transport. So listen carefully the next time you hear a beep on the mountain!