Here I show you an interesting public transport system, the Wuppertal Supension Railway (in German: Wuppertaler Schwebebahn).
It is the oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world and is a unique system.
The installation with elevated stations (today 20) was built in Barmen, Elberfeld and Vohwinkel - today quarters of Wuppertal - between 1897 and 1903; the first track opened in 1901. The Schwebebahn is still in use today as a normal means of local public transport, moving more than 25 million passengers annually.
The suspension railway runs along a route of 13.3 kilometres at a height of about 12 metres above the River Wupper between Oberbarmen and Sonnborner Straße (10 kilometres) and about 8 metres above the valley road between Sonnborner Straße and Vohwinkel (3.3 kilometres). At one point the railway crosses the A 46 motorway. The entire trip takes about 30 minutes. You can see the whole construction wonderfully in map view (satellite view) when zooming in.
In my little series I added an explanation to each photo. Please click at the red information button above each photo!
If you are interested you can enjoy a ride with the view from the driver's cabin here - in both directions.
This is a great choice for the TOM. I do like the way the main shows how this unique train. It is amazing that it is over 100 years old and still working so well. I do appreciate the view from the driver's cabin, while the sights in the series all show how much more attractive the view is than in underground trains. In the series I particularly like the close-up detail of the gears and the brakes while the map view is also very interesting. This is the fourth time that I've tried to complete this comment. I kept wandering off to explore the many options that you present then getting called away. Hopefully this one will be completed. Regards, Patricia
You show us a very interesting transport system with series of photos, which tell the details well. The note is informative as always. Thanks for the link. The video is also both informative and interesting. An excellent contribution to the theme!
Greetings from still cold Finland
A very fine picture and a very good note and most of all; a very interesting link! I really like this way of being transported through a city, we could indeed use this method here in Gothenburg. We have trams that always get caught in the ordinary traffic. We have used this Schwebebahn once, when our daughter studied in Wuppertal 1998-99.