Wuppertal Suspension Railway
|Name in local language:||Wuppertaler Schwebebahn|
|Beginning of works:||1898|
|Completion:||1 March 1901|
|Function / usage:||
|total length||13.3 km|
|number of stations||20|
|design speed||60 km/h|
The track extension to Barmen (5.6 km long) is completed and is put into service.
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.
A lorry takes out one of the piers. Two piers collapse as a result. Traffic is interrupted for 10 weeks.
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.
A train derails for the first time. No injuries.
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.
Relevant Web Sites
- Technisches Informationssystem zur Planung und Instandhaltung der Wuppertaler Schwebebahn (Teil II). In: Stahlbau, v. 69, n. 2 (February 2000), pp. 77-90. (2000):
- Technisches Informationssystem zur Planung und Instandhaltung der Wuppertaler Schwebebahn. In: Stahlbau, v. 67, n. 3 (March 1998), pp. 166-177. (1998):
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