Dresden Schwebebahn

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Operator DVB
System Type Suspended Funicular Monorail
Year Opened 1891/1900
# of Lines 1
# of Cars 2
Mileage 273 meters
Gauge monorail
Stations 2
Power cable
Fare Media tickets
Data Date 2008
1st Visit 3/2008
Last Visit 6/2012
% Rode 100%

Europe Transit > Germany > Dresden

Dresden Strassenbahn

This is a very different type of funicular. Located on the north shore of the Elbe River to the east of downtown Dresden, near the Blue Wonder Bridge. This is a suspended monorail cable hauled incline railway. It was designed by the same engineer that designed the Wuppertal Suspended monorail, which is still in operation. However that line is electrically powered and does not go up a mountain.

There are 2 tracks with one car on each track. The line is operated by the Dresden transit system, DVB.

Click on any image to enlarge.

A view of the line from across the Elbe River. (3/13/08) One of the 2 cars sitting at the lower terminal (3/13/08)
The station building at the bottom. (3/13/08) The lower station platform (3/13/08)
The car controls, however, the cars are controlled from the cable controls inside the lower station. (3/13/08) The passenger cabin. (3/13/08)
The railway supports. (3/13/08) Passing the other car mid-way. (3/13/08)
Coming up to the upper station. (3/13/08) At end of track (3/13/08)
Looking down from the upper station platform (3/13/08) The car at the upper station. (3/13/08)
A car crossing over a back street near the bottom (6/20/12) A car crossing over a back street near the bottom (6/20/12)
The white car at the lower station (6/20/12) The red car at the main station (it was repainted sometime between 2008 & 2012) (6/20/12)
The lower station house (6/20/12) Looking up the hill (6/20/12)

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