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Old October 19th, 2015, 12:31 AM   #41
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A transport system which needs complete elevated structure - even when place on the ground exists - makes no sense.
It's like a "no future branch" in public transport evolution.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 08:23 PM   #42
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Wuppertal suspension railway receives first Vossloh train
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THE mayor of Wuppertal Mr Andreas Mucke unveiled the first of a new fleet of Vossloh trains for the German city's unique suspension railway to a crowd of around 5000 people at a ceremony at Vohwinkel on November 14

Wuppertal City Authority (WSW) placed a €122m order with Vossloh Kiepe and Vossloh Rail Vehicles in November 2011 for 31 two-car Generation 15 articulated trains to replace the current fleet of 27 two-car trains, which dates back to 1977

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Old November 19th, 2015, 09:17 PM   #43
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I was just in Wuppertal and experienced this unique monorail surrounded my beautiful fall colors! It was incredible! Check out my videos from of the Wuppertal Schwebebahn!





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Old February 11th, 2016, 12:14 PM   #44
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New cars for Wuppertal are under testing. Video is in the link:
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What I don't like in these new carriages is colour. Someday I hope that there would be better livery for these
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Old February 11th, 2016, 08:31 PM   #45
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Other than that they're very beautiful.
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Old February 11th, 2016, 09:36 PM   #46
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Ain't #683 trolley-bus line not running under the S-Bahn any more?
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At InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, Vossloh Kiepe showcased some of the innovative components of the new Wuppertal suspension railway cars. Apart from traction converters and an air conditioning system for the driver’s stand, industry experts were able to witness the world premiere of the highly advanced bogie in the pavilion of Vossloh Kiepe in the outdoor display area.

Although the basic design of the new cars was taken over from the existing vehicles — the three-part articulated railway cars of the GTW 2014 type are 79 feet long and 7.2 feet wide — the new generation of the Wuppertal suspension railway cars features unique innovations in lightweight construction, traction engineering and ride comfort. Moreover, Vossloh Kiepe for the first time acted as the general contractor for a complete vehicle. 31 new cars will be delivered to the municipal operators WSWmobil GmbH and by 2017 have completely replaced the old articulated railcars dating back to 1972.

With the (monorail) design of the suspension railway in mind, weight was the primary concern of the designers. Thanks to a special lightweight construction, the new cars weigh less than 25 tons each. The body consists of extruded aluminum hollow sections and the front and rear cabs are made of a glass-fiber composite.

The strong and low-maintenance gearboxes, which were especially developed for the suspension railway, are likewise weight-optimized. Each vehicle has four motor bogies with one motor/gearbox assembly each, which serve as longitudinal drives. Every two longitudinal drives per component are controlled as a group drive. Traction is provided by three-phase motors designed for a 750v DC grid. They ensure smooth, yet speedy acceleration and operate virtually without wear which, in turn, reduces the maintenance cost over the long term. This highly advanced traction system will also allow an increase in service frequency to every two minutes. The train control system is completely new, too. The maximum speed of the vehicles is 65 km/h.

The project also placed great emphasis on minimizing environmental impact. The regenerative braking system feeds electricity back into the grid and highly efficient converters serve both the traction and the on-board power supply and ventilation system. In addition, the vehicles feature modern passenger information systems with TFT monitors as well as air handling units for optimum passenger comfort. Drivers can enjoy a state-of-the-art workplace with air conditioning. The entire control and software of the new cars was developed in compliance with CENELEC standards.

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Old September 27th, 2016, 09:36 AM   #48
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A transport system which needs complete elevated structure - even when place on the ground exists - makes no sense.
It's like a "no future branch" in public transport evolution.
It may make sense on a transport system that is mostly elevated anyway, though suspension railways don't need complete elevated structure in tunnels.

Alas there are many mostly elevated metro systems that are still conventional rail, being mostly elevated raises the question of why not use a monorail or suspended duo-rail.
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The whole point of this system is that the trains could sway underneath of the track, allowing them to go faster around tight curves. Also, the structure does not need to be as solid as conventional elevated rail, and is higher, so it does not have as much of an effect on the ground.
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Being elevated also means no dreaded level crossings. Being grade separated, and being a linear loop with railcars looping around at each end mean that very frequent services are possible.
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New trains enter service on Wuppertal suspension railway
Monday, December 19, 2016



A festival was held at Kluse station on the unique suspension railway in the German city of Wuppertal on December 18 to mark the entry into service of the line’s new fleet of trains

Wuppertal City Authority (WSW) placed a €122m order with Vossloh Kiepe and Vossloh Rail Vehicles (now Stadler Rail Valencia) in November 2011 for 31 two-car Generation 15 articulated trains to replace the current fleet of 27 two-car trains, which dates back to 1977

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