Wuppertal Suspended Monorail
Now we’re in Germany. Ride the oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world.
Route: Vohwinkel -> Oberbarmen
Duration: 34 min. 21 sec.
Video by: Japan Train Viewing
The Wuppertal Suspension Railway is a suspension railway in Wuppertal, Germany.
Its full name is “Electric Elevated Railway (Suspension Railway) Installation, Eugen Langen System”. Designed by Eugen Langen to sell to the city of Berlin, the installation with elevated stations was built in Barmen, Elberfeld and Vohwinkel between 1897 and 1903; the first track opened in 1901. The Schwebebahn is still in use today as a normal means of local public transport, moving 25 million passengers annually.
The suspension railway runs along a route of 13.3 kilometres (8.3 mi), at a height of about 12 metres (39 ft) above the river Wupper between Oberbarmen and Sonnborner Straße (10 kilometres or 6.2 miles) and about 8 metres (26 ft) above the valley road between Sonnborner Straße and Vohwinkel (3.3 kilometres or 2.1 miles).
Vohwinkel is a former city, now a district of the city of Wuppertal.
Oberbarmen is the name of the eastern terminal of the Wuppertal Schwebebahn and located in Wuppertal Barmen.