For residences that require something special – dual rail gondola cars provide elegant and dynamic access to your home

Advantages of Dual Rails

Two rails spaced apart, combined with a heavy duty carriage system provides the stable platform on which our top end fully enclosed residential cable cars are constructed. Dual rail cable cars are ideal for larger, fully enclosed gondola cars, higher speeds or installations in exposed locations. The dual rail structure can be manufactured at various widths and can also be designed to support services to the building, concealed below the rails. We can offer both the auto levelling and turning cable cars with the dual rail design.

Our dual rail system can be contoured to the site to provide maximum flexibility in the layout of the landing decks and topography over which the cable car can be installed. There is no restriction on the maximum length of rail. In New Zealand, there is no restriction on the maximum gradient.

Limitations of Dual Rails

As the dual rails are wider there is more visual impact, but this is minimized with the clean lines of the Access Automation rail system. Naturally, with the extra rail structure the cost of the dual rail system is higher than a mono rail system. Typically, a dual rail cable car will be about 60% to 80 % more than a mono rail cable car.

Access Automation’s Auto Levelling Technology

Access Automation has developed a system to keep the car level as it travels over a track that changes gradient along its length. Our standard system can cope with total gradient changes of up to 45 degrees, a minimum gradient of 14 degrees and a maximum gradient at any part of the track of 90 degrees. The auto levelling system makes it possible to install a cable car on almost any site without the need for major excavations. The auto levelling system is available in our Monorail Cable Cars, our Dual Rail Cable Cars and our Commercial Inclined Elevators.

Advantages of the auto levelling system include:

  • The rail can follow the ground contours for a discreet installation.
  • Ideal for sites with limited space at road level - the cable car landing area can be set into the hill.
  • Maximum flexibility in positioning multiple landings, as they need not all be located on one gradient. This makes a shared cable car between neighbours a very viable option.

Access Automation’s Turning Technology

With our turning cable cars, the rail can make changes in direction i.e. turn left or right. The ability to make sweeping turns in the rail allows the cable car to pass around obstacles such as trees or buildings. This can also soften the appearance of the rail line.It is possible to combine both our turning and auto levelling systems to provide the ultimate freedom in setting rail geometry and unlocking the potential of hillside sites. 

Dual Rail Car Design

These are typically custom designed. Please refer to our gallery to view examples of dual rail cars. Maximum car payloads are typically about 500 kg but this depends on the choice of car. Please contact us for further details.