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Operator Wuppertal
System Type Suspended Monorail
Year Opened 1901
# of Lines 1
# of Cars 27 + 1 vintage
Mileage 13.3 km
Gauge Monorail
Stations 20
Power 600
Fare Media Tickets
Data Date 1990
1st Visit 2/00
Last Visit 2/00
% Rode 100%

Europe Transit > Germany > Wuppertal


The Wuppertal Monorail built in 1901 is based on the Langen System. It follows the course of the River Wupper for about 3/4's of it's length. The final segment is over a city street. The trains are noisy, but fun to ride. They did have a tragic accident in 1999. One of the trains jumped the "track" and fell into the river. Apparently the cause was due to construction along the line. That didn't stop me from riding the trains from one end of the line to the other to capture these images. 

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wup-mr04.jpg (14692 bytes)This sign beckons you to ride the monorail at the Vohwinkel station. (2/00 video.) wup-mr02.jpg (20574 bytes)This train is entering the Vohwinkel Terminal (2/00 video.)
wup-mr03.jpg (19953 bytes)Train is leaving Vohwinkel. (2/00 video.) wup-mr05.jpg (20096 bytes)Platform view of a train entering Vohwinkel. (2/00 video.)
wup-mr01.jpg (14078 bytes)Monorail leaving the Alter Market station. Note the swing out on the train. (2/00 video.) wup-mr12.jpg (114074 bytes)Side view of a train by Alter Market. (2/00)
wup-mr13.jpg (104996 bytes)The train is cruising over it's namesake river, the Wupper. (2/00) wup-mr11.jpg (111779 bytes)This train is at the Oberbarmen Terminal. Here the large running gear can be clearly seen (2/00)
wup-mr10.jpg (120540 bytes)This is the depot at Oberbarmen with a train ready to enter service. (2/00)

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