Les Panoramics de Langres

Haute-Marne (France)

Text and photos by Michel AZEMA ... May 1996
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Technical informations

The Panoramics are two parallel and independent funiculars.
They are completely automatic and are used 24h/24h.
The South funicular (A) links the car park Parking Sous Bie to the rampart.
The North funicular (B) links the car park Parking des Marronniers to the rampart with a optional stop at the Parking Sous Bie .
Each incline is a single track with one cabin mounted on four flat wheels rolling on flat bands. In the center on the track there is one inverted T rail which function is to guide the cabin. Under the cabin two pairs of jaws are used to squeeze the rail in case of emergency.
The cabin is pulled by three parallel cables which pass around the pulleys at the top and at the bottom of the track.
At the Parking Sous Bie , under the tracks is a small office used for the maintenance and the electronic of the lifts. Behind this office, in opened air, is the place for the engines (one per funicular). The particularity is that it is the weight of the engine which regulate the tension of the cables.
At the Parking Sous Bie stop, each incline has an anemometer. It controls that the speed of the wind is not greater than 11 meters per second. If so, when the cabin is at a station, the cabin is locked during 3 minutes, if the speed of the wind is always too fast the cabin waits 3 more minutes etc.
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Details of the engine of Panoramic B.
A: engine
B: brake
C: frame on which the engine is fixed. It is moving up and down depending the tension of the cables.
   
The end of the track of Panoramic B at station "Les Marronniers". Note the yellow pulley and the three cables.

The engines 'room' (the engines are in opened air!). Foreground: engine of Panoramic B. Background: engine of Panoramic A.


TECHNICAL DATAS
Panoramic APanoramic B
Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Energy
Lower stationParking Sous BieParking des Marronniers
Intermediate stationParking Sous Bie
Upper stationrampartrampart
Horizontal Length25,75m79,20m
Diff. of levels8,78m27m
Length27,20m83,67m
Gradient34,09%34,09%
Speed1,6m/s1,6m/s
Width of the track1m1m
Passengers per Cabin1212
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