The Sky Line People Mover

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A new maintenance facility for servicing, repairing, and cleaning the automatic trains makes sure that travelers ride comfortably and reliably among Terminals 1, 2, and 3. The two-part facility also contains the central control room and a warehouse for materials and parts. The main building spans seven levels, while the workshop has only two.

First comes the carcass …

The preparations for building the central maintenance facility began in February 2020. It comprises two parts: a seven-level core building and a two-level workshop. Different approaches had to be taken for the construction work. The core building includes an underground level, so first a pit 6.5 meters deep had to be dug and a floor slab up to 2.2 meters thick produced. So that trains can roll directly into and out of the workshop, 24 supports mounted on 58 piles hold it up at a height of about 16 meters above ground level.

The work to build the new workshop starts, in this picture with the supports for the future Sky Line route in the background.

The two-part maintenance facility, part of which has seven levels, already looms next to the supports for the guideways.

… and then the equipment

Once the carcass has been completed, work proceeds on the roof and interior. Everything is ready to go in the spring of 2022, when the first Sky Line vehicles are supplied and prepared to operate. Each one is supplied in parts, which truck-mounted cranes lift onto the guideway near the maintenance facility. There engineers and mechanics take over and move them into the workshop for assembly and in-depth testing. A lot of work still has to be done before they start operating.