With an overall rise of 287.35 metres, the hybrid funicular railway Hungerburgbahn overcomes the shortest difference in elevation of all three Nordkette cable cars. Each of the two 130-person vehicles can transport up to 10,400 kilogrammes. This adds up to a transport capacity of 1,200 passengers per hour. The four-engine DC drive (450 kW per engine) operates at a speed of ten metres per second, carrying the passengers to the mountain station at the Hungerburg in approximately six minutes.
In stark contrast to the Hungerburgbahn, the Seegrubenbahn cable car needs to travel the longest distance. Starting from the lower station at the Hungerburg, the two separate gondolas climb an overall rise of 1,039.74 metres to reach their destination. Each vehicle can transport up to 95 persons at once! The rectifier-fed DC engine runs on two 380-kW units and can move up to 7,860 kilogrammes. In order to facilitate such a feat, the cable car system must rely on a number of resilient and strong components. The track cables are 64 millimetres in diameter, tensioned by a 125-tonne tension weight located inside the Hungerburg station.
At no point during their six-and-a-half-minute journey at a speed of ten metres per second do the passengers need to be concerned about their safety. Instead, they are free to enjoy every single metre and second of their ride to their fullest!
The final section climbs another 362.65 metres in altitude to reach the Hafelekar station at 2,256 metres AA. Like the others, this cableway is powered by a rectifier-fed DC drive, running at 310 kW, enabling a load of 5,600 kilogrammes. At a speed of seven metres per second, mountain enthusiasts are carried up the hill in approximately four minutes. At peak times, the Hafelekarbahn transports up to 478 passengers per hour.