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Urban ropeway network for the capital of Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is one of the most popular mountain destinations in northern India. Due to the topography, ropeways are often the optimal solution for the current traffic problems in India. The network will consist of three lines with a total of 15 ropeway sections. Read the whole article of ISR Switzerland.

Click here for the article (in Gernman)


Visiting construction sites in India (Assam/Varanasi)

Stephan and Marie are currently visiting several construction sites in India:

1. route inspection and "on-site planning" for a cable car to the Khamakhya temple in Guwahati, Assam. In the future, the cable car will take visitors directly from the urban surroundings of the railway station to the temple district.

2nd site visit to India's first urban ropeway in Varanasi. Foundation work is currently underway on the stations and support foundations. In addition, a site visit took place for the next expansion stage Varanasi Phase 2, for which the Bernard-Salzmann joint venture has again been commissioned with the planning. This cableway is to run from the same starting point, Varanasi Cantt Station, to Namo Ghat.

Picture from left to right: Mrigank Shekhar (Bernard Consult India), Stephan Salzmann, Marie Bach (Salzmann Ingenieure), Lukas Fritsch (Bernard Group Austria)

Foundations with shifting option

The construction progress of the Kieserl ropeway in Großarl currently provides a good insight into the foundations with shifting option. Thus, the slope movements to be expected in the future are taken into account and the supports can be adapted.

Newsletter Ski Grebenzen: Start into a new era

Realization in record time +++ modern 10-cabin monocable ropeway for small ski area +++ increase in capacity and comfort +++ basis for future year-round operation +++ ideal cooperation of regional trades +++ cost-efficient general planning +++ ropeway planner as general contractor

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VRN ropeway day at BUGA 23 in Mannheim: Now it's time to implement meaningful projects.

The Rhine-Neckar Transport Association (VRN) invited to the ropeway day to discuss and further develop urban ropeways as a building block for the transport turnaround in the expert circle. Among others, 16 cities/counties, 12 planners/consultants and 2 manufacturing companies were present. Our office was represented by Loris Rau. Read his summary here.



Newsletter Golmerbahn/Vandans

Read the following articles: System change to barrier-free access +++ ultra-modern 8-seater cabins for single-cable gondola +++
barrier-free access and comfort +++ short time window for construction measures +++ meticulous planning +++
architecturally sophisticated realization

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Noise and vibration reduction in Großarl

The planning of the new Kieserlbahn in Großarl places a great focus on noise emission reduction. The new 10EUB ropeway will travel faster, but not louder. One of the measures is the use of a sound emission-optimized Performa rope. In the planning process, changes are evaluated in a before-and-after comparison and further planning is optimized - for example, in the sound absorption of the supports and the building openings.

Impressions of a trip to India

Jörg, you currently have 20 projects in India. What is the difference beetween your Indian projects and those in the Alpine region?
A big difference is usually the task itself: Often it's ropeways to religious sites such as temples on mountains, caves with shrines, etc. Otherwise, we are dealing with urban ropeways and with ropeways to tourist destinations (palaces, lookout points). And we have to deal with various restrictions such as flight bans that make aerial photography of the terrain by means of LIDAR drones impossible, or with clearing bans that fundamentally call into question the construction of some ropeways.

Urban ropeway lines for Shimla

We have recently been awarded a substantial contract for an urban project in India. In partnership with Bernard Consult, we have been commissioned to plan the ropeway lines for Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The ropeway system will comprise of three lines and a total of fifteen ropeway sections. Given the city's topography, ropeways offer an optimal solution to address the current traffic issues. In the accompanying picture, you can see Stephan Salzmann (Salzmann Ingenieure), Mrigank Shekar (Bernard India), Lukas Fritsch (Bernard Austria), as well as representatives from the client WAPCOS and the project operator RTDC during their site visit to Shimla.

Welcome to our team

"I am very interested in the development of urban mobility and mountain destinations with cable cars. We accompany our customers from the initial idea to the removal of installations. This makes our field of activity very varied and offers exciting challenges every day. From my time as an intern, I know that I can rely on the great team and look forward to mastering the challenges together."

- Loris Rau -

Our team at Interalpin 2023

3 days and more than 35,000 visitors: international ropeway spirit, a lot of exchange and many exciting projects and topics we experienced in Innsbruck. Information, photos and press releases can be found here.

From left to right: Stephan, Loris, Jörg, Marie, Katrin and Simon.



Ropeway in Varanasi

Varanasi's urban ropeway project, which was planned and tendered by Salzmann Ingenieure in cooperation with Bernard Consult, is now entering the implementation phase!

On the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a video highlighting the enormously high value of the project in India.


How India wants to become the most important country in the world (Der Standard)

A detailed report in the Standard newspaper examines a multitude of influencing factors and framework conditions for the former poverty state's fast development. To attract industry, the people of India are planning massive infrastructure investments in the highway network, railways and ropeway projects. They are referring to our feasibility studies in many regions of India.

Read the article (in German)

Opening ceremony in St. Lambrecht

We were delighted to attend the opening ceremony of the 10 MGD Grebenzen in St. Lambrecht (Styria). We congratulate on the successful commissioning of the ropeway and wish you many enjoyable mountain rides in the future.

Enclosure improves guest comfort

With the new enclosure of the top station of the 8EUB Zwieselalm, it is now well protected from all weather conditions, especially during inclement periods. In the entrance and exit area, sectional gates have been installed that are open during regular operation. 

The western facade was equipped with photovoltaic cells integrated into the glazing to generate electricity. 

During stormy conditions both the ropeway technology and the guests are protected inside the station. 

The new enclosed mountain station's east side was realized with new glazed facades and a roof (flat roof)

New ropeway era

The Valisera ropeway is not only Austria's first autonomous ropeway, but also the world's first two-section lift of its kind.

"Our guests are already experiencing the future of international ropeway technology in the new Valisera lift. It guarantees rapid and smooth transportation, provides the highest level of service and comfort, blends harmoniously into the mountain landscape and also impresses with its sustainable and aesthetic design," emphasizes Martin Oberhammer, Managing Director of Silvretta Montafon Holding.

You can find the entire article here (in German).


Reconstruction Valisera ropeway

The reconstruction of the Valisera ropeway resulted in many innovations and technical highlights. What exactly can be read HERE in our new newsletter.

Our project in India

The simagazine reports about our project in India. More Details here.

Our cooperation with the Bernard Group

In the future, ropeways in various parts of India will ease traffic congestion and regulate the flow of pilgrims. We are carrying out essential studies and planning for eleven ropeway locations together with the Tyrol-based Bernard Group. The challenges here are significant topographical and climatic differences at the various locations. At the same time, we also want to ensure a transfer of knowledge in the sense of sustainable project management.

More details in the following articles: ORF, Kronen Zeitung, TopTirol, Wirtschaftszeit und (in German)


The ISR interview on the occasion of our company anniversary: successful projects, effects of the pandemic, future perspectives and other exciting developments.

You can find the whole article here (in German).

Virtual construction diary

Incredibly impressive pictures and the latest news due to the construction progress can be found in the Ski Grebenzen construction diary:  the current status of the buildings, the  helicopter flight, detailed photos of ropeway elements.

Team on Tour

We visited the 54th Ropeway Conference in Vorarlberg this week: Future strategies for economically and ecologically sustainable ropeway planning with new developments in tourism and ski industry have been the main topic. Highlight was the farewell of Edwin Fritz, who volunteered for 43 years in the Piste Quality Seal Commission. Markus Linder surprised Edwin Fritz and joined in a medly.

Here is the sustainability report of the Vorarlberg cable cars "Bergliebe - together for tomorrow" (in German).

Further information (in German).



ISR report

Stephan Salzmann reports on solutions for individual challenges. Retrovit, profitability and risk analyses, downsizing of ski areas and development of new revenue sources... Situations and demands of customers have changed over the last decades. Planning became more multi-layered and complex.
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50 years of independent ropeway planning

Due to our anniversary, we are pleased to publish a report in the international ropeway review about the development of independent planning and its value for ski resort development in the Alpine region.

Download report here (in German)


We are celebrating our anniversary

and looking back on fascinating projects from 50 years of Salzmann. You can find them in our interactive project map.


MorTH Manthan Expo Bangalore

Due to our strong involvement in the joint venture with Bernard Consult in India, where we were commissioned by the National Highway Logistics Management Limited (NHLML) to carry out preliminary studies and ropeway planning for more than 20 ropeway projects under the Parvatmala Pariyojana Programme, we are already recognised by the highest authorities as ropeway experts after a short period of time.  Our Managing Director Stephan Salzmann was personally invited by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and National Highways Authority of India to give a presentation on the challenges of planning and implementing ropeway projects in India at the MorTH MANTHAN Expo in Bangalore.

Feasibility studies for ropeway projects in Andrha Pradesh

We are looking forward to carrying out the next feasibility studies for ropeway projects in India in Andrha Pradesh. There might be 6 new ropeways. It will remain exciting.

Ropeways in India

We are delighted about the commitment to further projects in India. A total of 6 touristic ropeway projects in the north of India and an urban ropeway in New Delhi are to be implemented.

Salzmann goes India

The holy city at the Ganges - Varanasi - India - We are planning an urban ropeway with a total length of 3.8 km. The ropeway will be able to transport 4,500 people per hour and thus relieve the local traffic situation. The ropeway has a total of 5 stations.

Urban cable cars

Modern cable car systems open up new paths for mobility in our cities. Loris Rau chose this topic for his bachelor thesis. Click here for the article in the Si Urban 01/2020 issue.

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