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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).

All photos taken 11 October 2008.

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Great photos.

Is the suspended railway more of a tourist thing, as opposed to public transport?
 

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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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I love this system, and it is so old...
:eek::eek:
Is there an international airport in Wuppertal or near? I would like to go there and check this suspended railway.
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Thanks!
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Nice photos!

Is there an international airport in Wuppertal or near? I would like to go there and check this suspended railway.
:yes:
Thanks!
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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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^^Danke schön!
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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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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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lol. This system is so goofy I love it! It's definitely recognizable, great pictures.

Am I the only one who likes that old industrial style?
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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