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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

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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
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