Wednesday, 8 January 2020
More from Wuppertal
Suspension railways (Schweberbahnen) are reasonably rare systems, there being one in Memphis, USA ...
"Essential repairs" have included almost complete rebuilding with stronger supports and track girders, as well as replacement of trains, its newest being articulated and very swish.
Stations have been improved or rebuilt as has the signalling system.
Until August 2019, the Schwebebahn used block signalling like other light- and heavy rail systems. Signals with red, green and yellow lights, present at every station, signalled the driver if the next block, usually continuing until the next station, was free or not. The yellow aspect was mostly used to warn about construction work ahead, while a blinking red light warned about more severe problems.
Today, the Schwebebahn uses the European Train Control System, allowing for shorter distances between trains.
One heritage unit remains ...
Wilhelm II and his consort Auguste Viktoria themselves rode the suspension railway on 24 October 1900, on an imperial trial run from Döppersberg to Vohwinkel. How fortunate that Carriage No. 5 has been preserved for posterity.
The nostalgic Imperial Carriage is now available for you and your festivities. Glide imperially with your guests over the Wupper river - an unforgettable experience! There are enough occasions for festivities in the Imperial Carriage: birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, stag parties or weddings...
... or for a delicate afternoon tea! Yummy!
To hire the tram-train (Dangelbahn) for a round trip costs €513 and fbb guesses that tea and buns are extra.
At least one company will sell you a souvenir of the Keiserwagen.
Zum 100. Jubiläum der Wuppertaler Schwebebahn im Jahr 2001 wurde in unserem Atelier ein limitiertes Schwebebahncollier entworfen, dass in 925/- und 585/- Gelbgold gefertigt wurde. Beide Varianten waren schnell vergriffen, die Nachfrage aber nach wie vor groß. Anders als so mancher Uhrenhersteller, der in diesem Fall die Farbe eines Zeigers geändert hätte, entschieden wir uns für ein völlig neues Design. Der "neue" Kaiserwagen wurde etwas kräftiger, schwerer und wertiger.
Als nicht-limitierte Edition ist das Collier bei uns ab € 59.- erhältlich.
At each end of the line there is a substantial depot ...
... which includes a sharp turning loop as the units are single ended.
A superb system, but fbb can hear his mother saying "You'll not get me up in that thing, dangling there over a river - it can't be safe!" She was, as was said at the time, "of nervous disposition". But the line has been remarkably accident free with two notable exceptions. One involved tragedy and one came close.
And it all began in Cheshunt, Hertforshire.
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