2021 Christmas tour

Sunday - Wupperthal

Today we indulge our tour leader and take the twenty minute train jouney to

Wupperthal for a ride on the Wuppertal Schwebebahn.

You now ask what is the Wuppertal Schwebebahn -

The Wuppertaler Schwebebahn (Wuppertal Suspension Railway) is a

suspension railway in Wuppertal, Germany.

Its original name is Einschienige Hängebahn System Eugen Langen (Monorail overhead conveyor system Eugen Langen). It is the oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world and is a unique system in Germany. Designed by Eugen Langen and offered first to the cities of Berlin, Munich and Breslau who all turned it down,the installation with elevated stations was built in Barmen, Elberfeld and Vohwinkel between 1897 and 1903; the first track opened in 1901. The railway line is credited with growth of the original cities and their eventual merger into Wuppertal. The Schwebebahn is still in use as a normal means of local public transport, moving 25 million passengers annually, per the 2008 annual report. New rail cars were ordered in 2015, called Generation 15, and the first new car went into service in December 2016.

After the exciment of riding the Wuppertal Schwebebahn -

We will probally have more sausages for lunch and wander round the town , we will return to Dusseldorf by train and enjoy a fine local meal of meat and beer.