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Old October 13th, 2008, 01:08 AM   #1
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Photos suspended railway Wuppertal

The 1901 schwebebahn is an electric monorail in the German city Wuppertal that 'rides' a 13 kilometer suspended track in 30 minutes. Part of the tracks are above the small river Wupper, another part is above streets. The suspended railway also 'crosses' a large Bayer chemicals industrial site. Sometimes the 'Kaiserwagen' carriage from 1900 has special tours (see photo #10).

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Old October 13th, 2008, 10:30 AM   #2
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Great photos.

Is the suspended railway more of a tourist thing, as opposed to public transport?
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Old October 13th, 2008, 11:46 AM   #3
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it is okay over the river, but in the city, over the streets, it looks horrible, I am sorry.

But great photos. Thank you for sharing.
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Old October 13th, 2008, 01:46 PM   #4
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It was built in 1901 so I doubt it was constructed as largely a tourist attraction.

I have one question..... why?
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Old October 14th, 2008, 05:29 AM   #5
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This is the Backbone of Public Transportation in the innercity of Wuppertal. Not a tourist atraction. Just take a look 82.000 Passengers daily...http://www.schwebebahn.de/
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Old October 14th, 2008, 06:02 AM   #6
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I love this system, and it is so old...

Is there an international airport in Wuppertal or near? I would like to go there and check this suspended railway.

Thanks!
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Old October 14th, 2008, 08:29 AM   #7
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An interesting read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwebebahn_Wuppertal

More about Wuppertal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuppertal
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Old October 14th, 2008, 12:46 PM   #8
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wow... i always wanted to see some photos of this but never had the time... thx for sharing them on one place

it looks pretty old... is it safe?
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Old October 14th, 2008, 01:50 PM   #9
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Very safe, only had a few incidents in its history - see the Wikipedia article posted above.

Thanks for the excellent shots. The Schwebebahn is quite something indeed!
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Old October 14th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #10
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I guess they choosed a suspended monorail due to the lack of space.
Nice pics, thanks for posting.
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Nice photos!

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Is there an international airport in Wuppertal or near? I would like to go there and check this suspended railway.

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You can fly to Duesseldorf airport (which also has a suspended monorail), Wuppertal is only a few S-Bahn stations from there. It's also easy to make a round-trip through the Rhine-Ruhr area public transport from there.
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Old October 15th, 2008, 04:57 AM   #12
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Old October 15th, 2008, 08:23 AM   #13
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i saw it in some movie before thought it was weird but neat

I wonder if they were to build a new/modren version if they could make the structure less obtrusive - it looks kinda bad with som much structure everywhere for it to function
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Old October 15th, 2008, 09:13 AM   #14
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From an engineering standpoint it is really neat. But it is oppressive, aesthetically, over the city streets. Do the locals like it or just tolerate it?
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Old October 15th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #15
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Am I the only one who likes that old industrial style? Much better than modern monorails with concrete.

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Old November 21st, 2008, 04:31 PM   #16
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lol. This system is so goofy I love it! It's definitely recognizable, great pictures.

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YANA: you are not alone (ok, lame Doctow Who reference). No, I love the steel, one of the great things I love about the Chicago "L". Concrete seems colder and uglier to me.
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Old November 21st, 2008, 06:56 PM   #17
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How loud are these trains travelling down streets like this, e.g., are the older fleets louder?



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Old November 21st, 2008, 08:44 PM   #18
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Nice!
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The pictures with the train above the river are spectacular.
This is probably the 1st suspended train in history.
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How loud are these trains travelling down streets like this, e.g., are the older fleets louder?
From what I remember, the trains are rather quiet. Here's a video I took that might illustrate the noise. Apart from the clunky noise of the closing doors it's not loud.

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