GTW1 of the 72 series has moved to its new location at WUMILA.


Photos of GTW's 24, 25, 26 and 27 added. In February I was in Borken and photographed the old GTW 9.


Information about the new operating system ETCS Level 3 added on the page


GTW 12 got advertising for the FOM, and GTW 22 for the city savings bank.
GTW 6 has lost its Schäffler advertising.


For the official farewell of the 72 series, the GTW 28 was parked today for the last time in the Vohwinkel car hall.


GTW 27
first found a place in Bochum. But that should not be so.
A thank you to Gaby Schäfer for the photo


New GTW 18 photographed From the family photo album I was able to digitize three photos of the accident on 11.09.1968 and show them here


Of the decommissioned GTW's 3, 6, 7, 16, 17 and 24 I have the whereabouts and photos set.
The photo of the GTW 3 was provided to me by the Prüser Bus GmbH, the photo of the GTW 6 Mr. D. Möhrmann, one of the architects of the construction project Gleis 13 in Gütersloh.
Many thanks also at this point!
Photos of trains 12 and 13 have been added to the new GTW's.


The car 5 of the production series 72 is exhibited in the Erlebnismuseum Sinsheim.
The museum kindly provided me with photos.
Many thanks !


GTW 6 stood for one year with an advertisement for Schaeffler in the dare hall.
For a few days he is back in regular service and has now found his place here.


Upload photos of the series 72 into the picture gallery:

GTW 25 has been running advertising for the 2018 "Schwebebahnlauf" since April 2018

The following photos have been added to the 15 series:

GTW 3 Weiterbildung WBS

Die Wuppertaler Schwebebahn

The suspension railway is the most important personal local traffic system in Wuppertal, and at the same time the landmark of the town. It was the alternative at that time to an underground which could not be built in Wuppertal for geologic and topografischen reasons, therefore, the inhabitant of Cologne sugar manufacturer Eugene Langen got the possibility to realise his invention in Wuppertal.
Also the name "Suspension railway" comes from long themselves: „A system of the hanging carriages. "I have the thing‚ suspension railway‘ baptised. "“ such a quotation. Besides, the name Suspension railway is actually wrong because in contrast to a magnet suspension railway a constant contact exists between rail and vehicle. The Wuppertaler suspension railway is therefore an onerail overhead conveyor.
In 1995 one began in Wuppertal with a renewal project of the props, rails and stations and also the vehicles. The complete object was renewed as well as was altered up to three all stops and was modernised technically. On the from the 3rd to the 6th of April, 2014 one celebrated the official end of the removal. Since the 26th of May, 1997 the Wuppertaler suspension railway stands under conservation of monuments and historic buildings.

Current situation summer 2021

From Saturday, 31 July 2021, the Schwebebahn will be back on the road every day.

GTW 28
Since 31.07.2021 the Schwebebahn is again on the road every day

What happened last year:

On the part of the manufacturer of the new suspension trains, there were some assembly defects but also several teething problems". Among other things, errors occurred in the bonding of the roofs and the floor coverings, but also problems with the cabling of the trains.
These will be repaired at Talbot Services in Aachen, and the railways will continue to be transported to Aachen and repaired there.
Another major weak point was the immense wheel wear of the new tracks, after about 20,000 km they were unround, The reasons for the high wear and tear were, among other things, in the Material of the wheels and in the profile of the wheels. Meanwhile, the Wuppertal municipal utilities have optimized the profile of the wheels. A new CNC lathe was purchased for machining, after a good 30,000 km the profiles are then rewound. The lubrication of the wheel flange of the front wheel has also been improved, this concerns both the amount of lubricant and With these measures, the tracks can travel a good 60,000 km before a wheel change becomes necessary. Currently, wheels are available for 50 complete wheel changes.
Due to further optimizations, which are due in the coming months, the maximum speed of the trains is also expected to return to 60 km per At the start, however, the trains will run at a maximum speed of 40 km/h.
The defective rail sections were repaired last year or replaced where necessary.

GTW 28
For the 50th birthday of the "Sendung mit der Maus" GTW 28 was pasted on
GTW 18
GTW 18 congratulates on the 50th anniversary of AWG
The GTW1 of the 72 series has found its location in front of the Wuppertaler Miniaturland in Oehder Str.
GTW 29
In Corona times, the suspension railway was also given its mouthguard.

ETCS Level 3

Since 02.09.2019 the monorail operates with the new operating system ETCS Level 3. It concerns thereby the train control system "ATLAS" of the company Alstom. The entire track, the new GTW and the Kaiserwagen were prepared for this.


Basically, the track occupancy message or the free message takes place only by a localization of the trains by radio. The current position is recorded over 256 Eurobalises, which are attached to the track. From this point of reference, the distance measuring system constantly determines the distance covered, thereby calculating a current location information of the vehicle at any time.
The speed of the tracks is detected by a Doppler radar. The antennas for position detection and for the speed are located on the first bogie of the train. This data is needed to monitor the maximum speed, the braking before bends and the stop of the train (station). Likewise, they are necessary to clear track sections. These data are sent to the control center via the Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) network available at the WSW.
Thus, the suspension railway comes without track and station signals. The track is divided into 39 sections in both directions, so it happens that one track has to stop in the middle of the track and wait until the next section is clear.
The introduction of the system is the prerequisite for the planned clock compression and thus a shortened travel time to 25 minutes from end to end station. In addition, the passenger information system receives its information about this.

GTW 12
GTW 12 mit FOM Werbung

GTW 22
GTW 22 mit Werbung für die Stadtsparkasse

GTW 28

On 11.07.2019 the GTW 28 was transported to Utopia City. There it is first temporarily stored, before it will probably take its final place in the Utopia City in 2021. It will, at least that's the plan, be hung up and not stand on the ground.

GTW 28
Farewell to the 72 series

GTW 28
To say goodbye to the 72 series, the GTW 28 stood in the Station "Vohwinkel".

GTW 27
The GTW 27 has first found a home in Bochum

GTW 18
The new Gtw 18 on 30.03.2019 in Vohwinkel

Since 30.03.2019 the suspension railway is on the way again for test drives. In the next two weeks, the new vehicles and the operating system are tested and tested. that the track is back to normal in early August. The investigation into the accident in November are now set, the cause of the busbar demolition was not previously recognizable material wear.

Torn off conductor rail near the zoo / stadium station

After the demolition of the track in November 2018, our landmark stands still. Probably in August 2019 it goes back to normal operation. The reasons for the accident are now fixed. At the beginning, probably two holders of the busbar were defective, which was itself in this curve area under tension. This damaged further holders. Since the driving operation was still taking place at this time, pantographs of the first track were demolished and other brackets damaged, the next train passage then provided for the demolition of the busbar. Meanwhile, a new power rail is mounted, but on the entire route, the busbars are to be secured against another demolition.

In Vohwinkel, the exchange of old GTW's continues against the new railways.

GTW 27 is being prepared for disassembly.

Schönes rund um die Wuppertaler Schwebebahn

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