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Der Wuppertaler Schwebebahn

While Christian was at work last week, Christian’s mom & I took the train to Wuppertal, a city east of Dusseldorf.  The main purpose of the trip to the city was to ride the Schwebebahn (suspension train).  This train runs through the city (13 km) above the Wupper river.  Construction on this railway started in 1898 and service began in 1901.  It has been pretty much in operation ever since.  There was a short time during WWII went it was closed due to some of it being destroyed & just recently it went through a modernization. 

Christian’s mom & I had both been to Wuppertal separately but never got to ride the train.  She thought this would be a fun outing for us!  We arrived at the Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and boarded the Schwebebahn there.  This was the stop in the middle of the city route.  We then rode it from one end to the other end of the route, before heading back to the Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof & going back to Dusseldorf.  We stopped to take pictures of the trains at one end and the other end, we stopped for a sandwich & hot drink.

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You can see a tiny glimpse of the Wupper river below.

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The train cars hang from the track.

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This is one of the antique cars.  You can take buy tickets to take the historic ride and a narrator will tell you facts and stories, while dressed in period clothing.

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A view of the tracks from the ground.

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The signs says, “careful when disembarking, the train swings.” 

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