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help of Liebherr erection specialists.
Geo-Alpinbau GmbH, based in
Mils in Tirol, deliberately chooses to
use Liebherr’s many years of expe-
rience for complicated jobs of this
The planning work for the crane
erection was carried out in close col-
laboration with Martin Hurm, Project
Manager for the construction of the
new Eibsee cable car, Bayerische Zug-
spitzbahn Bergbahn AG and Michael
Weißschädel, Project Manager at the
Tower Crane Solutions Department in Biberach.
The new Eibsee cable car is designed to transport visi-
tors from the Sonnalpin midway station to the summit of
The cable car will have the highest steel support in the
world, measuring 127 m.
The cable car set records with the world’s highest aer-
ial tramway support, the world’s largest overall difference
in altitude of 1,945 meters in a section, and the world’s
longest free span with 3,213 meters.
With the successful installation of Germany’s highest
crane at 2,950 meters in June this year, the first milestone
for the new funicular was reached. With the end of rock
removal work, anchor drilling and concrete works are car-
ried out in the area of Summit Station.
Prior to installing the crane, Takeuchi mini-excavators
where used to install rock anchors,prepare the base and
generally help in consolidation work.
In 2016, work will begin on the construction of the
new base terminal and the earthworks and concrete work
on the new cable car support.
In the final year of construction in 2017, the disman-
tling of the existing entrance building, the completion of
the upper station, the construction of the cable car and
support, the demolition of the old pillars and the disman-
tling of the old valley station will complete the project.
Highlights to date include construction of the trans-
port and installation of four 145 ton ropes and commis-
sioning of ropeway technology.
At the end of June 2015, concrete
works started on the foundation of the
mountain station. The concrete was
mixed at Zugspitzplatt and transfered
to concrete buckets with the aid of
The buckets were then transported
to the top station slung beneath the
cable car. The final transfer to position
of the 25 m³ of concrete was then done
by the tower crane.
Overall, the Bayerische Zugspitz-
bahn Bergbahn AG expects a total
project volume of EUR 50 million. This
is made up of EUR 45.6 million con-
struction costs and 4.4 million euros
for infrastructure and the purchase of a
new mountain locomotive. As of today,
the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn
AG is fully on budget.
The new cable car is scheduled for
•Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG.
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A helicopter was essential
in installing the mountain
top Liebherr tower crane.