Wuppertal, Germany Schwebebahn

Located in the hills of Wuppertal Germany is a unique suspended railway which opened in 1901. This is the oldest monorail system in the world and the only one of its kind. It is amazing to see how this centuries old transportation is still providing fast, efficient, smooth, pollution free, traffic free transportation today! The new trains which entered service in 2017 are sleek and modern. They have a sightseers window in the back perfect for viewing the river and city from above!

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+2 1. RobertTusk commented 17 days ago

Nice to see a city with good public transport and no litter or graffiti.
Wuppertal is similar in size to New Orleans or Anaheim CA.
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0 2. ringmaster commented 17 days ago

How many passengers do they transport annually and what percentage do they make of the total traffic?
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-2 3. nomaddaf commented 17 days ago

Wonderfully practical, hideous eyesore. That thing utterly destroyed the skyline. I hope it's the last of it's kind.
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+1 4. Judge-Jake commented 16 days ago

I got a bit fed up after a fair while, checked the remaining time and I was only half way through. :O I wonder if one has ever fallen off?
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+1 5. thundersnow commented 16 days ago

Oddly very relaxing and pleasant video! :) Great upload, manro! :)
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-3 7. Dennis53 commented 14 days ago

Interesting, but hopelessly, hopelessly impractical. Look at the amount of infrastructure per meter- it's more that any other transportation mode, maybe even high speed rail. The only thing more absurd would be building a canal to connect Washington D.C. with Pittsburgh. Oh wait....
Did I mention how ugly this thing is? Look at how wide it's footprint is. Awful!

An electric bus system (3 buses linked to make short trains) and straightened roads, timed traffic lights, could move a lot more people for 1/100th the cost. And bus stations could move when needed, the route could move, and people could actually get out if the buses broke down.

C'mon Germany, back to your normal 'practical excellence' !!
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+2 8. RobertTusk commented 14 days ago

# 7. This 19th century infrastructure built with the technology of the day has done well to give service well into the 21st Century.
It is iconic for this city.
Should we get rid of the Statue of Liberty because of the space it takes up?
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+1 9. thundersnow commented 14 days ago

#7 Germany is practicing practical excellence, that's why it's still there! :)
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+2 10. Judge_Dredd commented 14 days ago

#7 You should read the article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuppertal_Schwebebahn or https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuppertaler_Schwebebahn to understand why the suspension railway was built that way. :)