A hanging tram: Schwebebahn in Wuppertal

The hanging tram, the monorail, the suspension train in my hometown Wuppertal, Germany, is called SCHWEBEBAHN – built 1901, down on the street: a fleamarket – comment by Thiophene (Pennsylvania): “it seems like a long-lost scene from Metropolis (but in color)” +++ comment by tigric (London): “great way to escape the crowds! thanks for sharing, I haven’t seen this before!” +++ comment by B. Kleinhans (San Francisco): “like the happy teeth on the outside of the tram car” +++ comment by breeblebox, Netherlands: “I alway pass the Wuppertal exit on the highway at German Autobahn-speed, usually heading for Italy. But now I see this I think I need to take that Ausfahrt (=Exit) some day. Great place!”

photo by frizztext, more via Monorail in Wuppertal, Germany; my picture was also introduced in the book “La Ville Mobile” by Constance Rubini, Biennale Internationale Design 2010 Saint-Étienne, France
another photo, featuring the Schwebebahn:
Schwebebahn Wuppertal

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frizztext
no-colorsMetropolis Angst

P.S.:
in the days of my childhood there – 1950/7/21 – a little elephant, his name was Tuffi – fell out off the suspension railway and landed in the river Wupper below the hanging tram, luckily he wasn’t hurt!
[more: "Tuffi and the suspension railway" by Ernst-Andreas Ziegler, published 1970 by J.H. Born GmbH, Wuppertal, Germany]

P.S.:
PINA BAUSCH, the famous dance company choreographer, worked also in my hometown. She died 2011. Wim Wenders created a 3D-movie, title “PINA”;
http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/pina-bausch-trailer-script/
was nominated for an Oscar …

About frizztext

websites: 1 - my daily wordpress blog "flickrcomments" at FLICKRCOMMENTS, 2 - my own photos at frizztext, 3 - flickr group group: BLOG IT!

24 responses to “A hanging tram: Schwebebahn in Wuppertal

  1. This is so interesting. Never seen one of these hanging trams!

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  2. Very nice, love the monorail.

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  3. Very cool! Love the brightly colored tram cars.

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  4. Goodness me, that has taken me back. I had forgotten all about the tram in Wuppertal. We were stationed in Germany for three years 1960/1963 and used to visit the zoo regularly. Thank you for a reminder of happy memories.

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  5. That looks like so much fun! Well done for getting your photo into the public eye like that! Poor little elephant :-)

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  6. Cool! I’ve never seen Schwebebahn before! Great way to see the city.

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  7. Interesting! I didn’t know about this.

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  8. Cool! Hadn’t heard of this either!

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  9. Did you know there is a very small little village in South Africa that is also called Wuppertal?
    – a missionarie in the heart of Cederberg mountains started by German missionaries

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  10. I’ve never seen a hanging tram before today, and I’m fascinated by it. Thank you so much for posting those photos.

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  11. I can see why your photography was included, Frizz! Stunning, as always, sir!

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  12. The hanging tram is amazing. I’d love to ride on it. ;)

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  13. Interesting tram and tram ride. I have not seen this before.
    But I don’t like the crowds…the “foot-traffic jam.”

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  14. Great idea and realization to manage the traffic
    Wonder it is not found also in another town

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  15. really like those pictures, particularly the top 2 :-)

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