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Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway | The World's Oldest Monorail

The Wuppertal Suspension Railway or Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, is a suspension railway in Wuppertal, Germany, It is also known as "Electric Elevated Railway". The suspension railway became a symbol and landmark of the German city Wuppertal. Hanging rail included with public transport feet of the city and is a double-track monorail suspension system on the platforms on which the "suspended" cabins for passengers. Wuppertal suspension is one of the oldest monorail still in working today, and this is the worlds first and the only suspended monorail in the world. This hanging rail was originally proposed in 1824, the cars was pulled by horse teams on the ground, while a prototype was built, but in 1898 the idea of a suspended monorail was dusted off, this time to powered by electricity. The construction of this project was began in 1901 and it was completed in 1903, at the cost of 16 million Gold-marks. Emperor Wilhelm II took the inaugural ride.

The Schwebebahn Wuppertal, literally translated as the "Floating Railway of Wuppertal.


It was the only opportunity for the development of urban transport. And now days, it is the easiest and fastest way to get around the city with 82,0000 passenger a day. The route has 20 stations and a length is 13.3 kilometers, 10 kilometers of railway pass over the Wupper river at a height of about 12 meters, the remaining 3.3 kilometers above the streets of the city at a height of  about 8 meters. Maximum train speed is 60 km/h.  Even after over a 100 years, it is still the easiest and fastest way to get around the city. First Image by Flickr user Dede90

Schwebebahn Wuppertal is the world's oldest monorail, and, as a "suspended" monorail
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The Schwebebahn Wuppertal or Woopertall is the most important public transport system in Wuppertal
Image by Flickr user C & S Britten

One of the most perfectly functional objects in the Old World - suspended monorail in Wuppertal
Image by Flickr user Michael Netsch

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway - 10 kilometers of railway pass over the Wupper river at a height of about 12 meters
Image by Flickr user becauseofalice

Wuppertaler Schwebebahn Wagen 20, station Vohwinkel, Wuppertal, vlak voor vertrek
Image by Flickr user Lennert van den Boom

 Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway  - 3.3 kilometers above the streets of the city at a height of  about 8 meters
Image by Flickr user Lennert van den Boom

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway | The World's Oldest Monorail
Image by Flickr user Lennert van den Boom

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway | The World's Oldest Monorail
Image by Flickr user Lennert van den Boom

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway | The World's Oldest Monorail
Image by Flickr user Henk Tadema

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway | The World's Oldest Monorail
Image by Flickr user Henk Tadema

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway | The World's Oldest Monorail
Image by Flickr user Vitalis Fotopage

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway Station
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Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway Station
Image by Flickr user Franky De Witte

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway | The World's Oldest Monorail
Image by Flickr user Franky De Witte

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway Station
Image by Flickr user Franky De Witte

Schwebebahn Wuppertal Suspension Railway Station
Image by Flickr user Roland Lausberg

This monorail runs under the track or hang under the track bridge.
Image by Flickr user René

Source — Wikipedia | Atlasobscura

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