Concrete refurbishment on the mountain

Products used

In 2018 the historic Predigtstuhlbahn celebrated its 90th anniversary in the Bavarian Alps. The old power line is part of the protected railway. Its refurbishment in the anniversary year posed logistical and planning challenges on those involved in the project. PCI accompanied the refurbishment measures just before the onset of winter with specialist advice and delivered the appropriate products.

The Predigtstuhlbahn is known as the “grande dame” among the alpine cable cars. As the oldest, originally preserved large cable car in the world, it is a real nostalgia train and technically still in perfect condition. It takes passengers from Bad Reichenhall to the almost 1,600 meter high mountain station of the Predigtstuhl. Its straight lines with an incline of up to 75 percent and the drive and machine system, which still works purely mechanically, were just as sensational when it was commissioned in July 1928, as was the twelve-sided cabin design. Like the cable car itself, the power line built at that time is also a protected building. Max Aicher, owner of the railway, keeps it functional for the emergency power supply of the mountain. This is necessary in the case of a power outage, for example, when there is too much pressure on the new lines. After 90 years of smooth operation, the refurbishment of both the cable car masts and the power line was due in 2018.

The challenge of logistics
The power lines lead to the Predigtstuhl over a length of around 2400 meters. In addition to the main support, there are two more power line masts in the upper third of the mountain in almost inaccessible terrain. However, both of its bases were completely ailing. When it was erected, the construction workers had carried the material up the mountain on foot, so they filled in the missing building fabric with what they found up there: stones and rubble. The use of a helicopter made the refurbishment much easier in 2018, but the logistics were still a challenge. Six helicopter flights were necessary to lift the four tons of building materials, all from PCI. And the way to the construction site was also an adventure for processor Josef Unterrainer as well as PCI specialist advisor Marcus Donhauser and PCI service technician Jürgen Linke: They had to cope with a half-hour descent from the mountain station through completely impassable terrain.

Concrete refurbishment before the onset of winter
The first step in the refurbishment measure was to remove a large area of the concrete from the base and remove rust from the steel. The processor then applied the corrosion protection PCI Elastoprimer 220 as rust protection. The concrete repair was started with the help of a specially made wooden cladding. To enable the rainwater to run off, Josef Unterrainer first made a cap in the upper base area with the variable quick-setting mortar PCI Repament Multi, and a cove in the lower area. He used PCI Polyfix plus L. The quick-setting cement mortar sets quickly and cures without cracks after around 25 minutes. Its high compressive and flexural strength enables safe and stable anchoring. Fast-setting and, at the same time, particularly reliable building materials were decisive for this construction site due to the high demands and the imminent onset of winter.

Reliability in waterproofing and grouting
Therefore, PCI Barraseal Turbo was used for waterproofing the base. The flexible mineral waterproofing slurry sets quickly and waterproofs concrete parts permanently and reliably. PCI Barraseal Turbo meets all requirements as a surface protection system of class OS5b according to RiLi-SIB. Josef Unterrainer used PCI Nanocret R4 Fluid to cast the base: The high-strength repair mortar offers long-term security even under extreme stress. Due to its self-compacting flow behavior, filling spaces can be closed in a non-positive manner and free of defects.

Teamwork on the mountain
The processor managed to refurbish the power line at the Predigtstuhl in a team of three employees within two weeks. “This job was a special challenge - it began every morning with the adventurous descent to the construction site. I was glad that we had the advisors from PCI by our side, "says Josef Unterrainer with a smile and adds:" Marcus Donhauser and Jürgen Linke were actively at our side - already during the planning phase and product selection, but also during the entire implementation on the mountain. That gave us security and made a decisive contribution to completing the refurbishment work properly and in good time before the onset of winter. "




Refurbishment of two concrete bases


Predigtstuhl, Bad Reichenhall



Products used

PCI Elastoprimer 220, PCI Polyfix® plus L, PCI Barraseal® Turbo, PCI Repament® Multi, PCI Nanocret R4 Fluid

Specialist advice

Marcus Donhauser


Predigtstuhlbahn GmbH & Co. KG

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