Gear units for Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It is thus not surprising that every tourist wants to enjoy the view of the beautiful vista made up of the sea, city, and Christ the Redeemer statue. To ensure that operations continue to run smoothly in future, modern Flender gear units were installed in the cableway that runs to the peak of the mountain as part of a retrofit project. The individuals responsible for the prestigious project decided to choose a premium supplier from Germany.
Thousands of tourists want to “scale” the world famous Sugarloaf Mountain in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. A column-free cableway takes tourists up the 395 m tall granite rock that protrudes out of the sea. Tourists start at sea level taking the first cableway to Morro da Urca from where they can catch a second cableway, often referred to as “O Bondinho”, to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. At the summit you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the open sea, the city of Rio de Janeiro nestled between the cliffs, the famous beach at Copacabana, and the world famous, 38 m tall statue of Christ the Redeemer located at the peak of the Corcovado mountain about five kilometers away.
The first cableway was placed into operation in 1912/13 and was renewed in 1972 to accommodate the rising number of visitors. A good forty years later, it was time to complete a comprehensive technical modernization to be able to guarantee the continuous fault-free operation for the around 1.5 million tourists from all around the world that visit Sugarloaf Mountain each year. “As the world’s leading manufacturer of gear transmissions, Flender was selected by the operating company to supply the new gear units for this prestigious retrofit project,” reports Andreas Lüdiger, Vice President Service Sales at Flender GmbH based in Voerde, Germany.
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