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Wuppertal Suspension Railway

General Information

Name in local language: Wuppertaler Schwebebahn
Beginning of works: 1898
Completion: 1 March 1901
Status: in use

Project Type

Function / usage: Suspended monorail

Location

km Name
-0.100
0.000
0.800
1.600
2.000
2.300
2.900
3.600
4.500
5.100
5.900
6.400
6.500
7.000
7.400
7.500
8.200
9.200
10.000
10.500
11.200
11.300
12.000
12.600
13.300
13.400

Technical Information

Dimensions

total length 13.3 km
number of stations 20

Design Loads

design speed 60 km/h

Chronology

1903

The track extension to Barmen (5.6 km long) is completed and is put into service.

1917

A train collides with another train that was hanging on the track incapacitated.

21 July 1950

Elephant baby "Tuffi", on a train for a circus publicity tour, breaks through a car wall and jumps off a moving train. He falls 10 meters deep into the Wupper river. The elephant was not significantly hurt.

1968

A lorry takes out one of the piers. Two piers collapse as a result. Traffic is interrupted for 10 weeks.

1997
- 2004

Complete overhaul of the landmarked structure.

25 March 1997

At the Oberbarmen station, a regular train collides with the special Emperor's train halting at the station. Reason for the accident is a technical defect. 14 persons are injured in the Emperor's train.

1999

A train derails for the first time. No injuries.

April 1999

During night-time renovation works, a clamp is left on the rail on which the train hangs. The first train of the day collides with the clamp and derails entirely, falling into the river. 3 people die and 47 are injured, many gravely.

Participants

Bearing installation

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    10000109
  • Date created
    04/07/2002
  • Last Update
    23/07/2017