The old station at Döppersberg
the Elberfeld municipal councillors appointed a “Commission of Investigation Regarding an Elevated Railway”.
Barmen likewise appointed such a Commission. Shortly thereafter, the two Commissions merged to form a joint Elevated Railway Commission.
the “Langen System” suspension railway project was accepted by the municipal council assemblies of Barmen and Elberfeld.
Lord Mayors Friedrich Wilhelm Wegner and Adolf Hermann Jaeger concluded the contract for the construction and operation of a suspension railway with the company Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft (previously Schuckert & Co, Nuremberg). It was agreed that the line would be built starting at the zoo, over the Wupper river, to Rittershausen (Oberbarmen).
Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft concluded a contract with the mayor of the rural community of Vohwinkel, Heinrich Bammel, to extend the line above the road to Vohwinkel. Opponents quickly condemned the construction of the suspension railway as an “insane enterprise”. It was said to be tempting God, and called hubris to entrust oneself to such a Satanic contrivance. Nevertheless, Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft founded a subsidiary for the construction and operation of the suspension railway: the “Continentale Gesellschaft für elektrische Unternehmungen” (Continental Society for Electrical Enterprises).
the Royal Government in Düsseldorf granted the Continental Society state approval for the construction of a suspension railway.
construction began, and progressed rapidly.
the first trial run took place, and the second followed on 4 March 1899.
Kaiser Wilhelm II, together with his consort Auguste Viktoria and his entourage, travelled from Döppersberg (Elberfeld Centre) to Vohwinkel.
the Kluse–Zoo line was opened to the public for passengers (date of the official commencement of service!).
the Zoo–Vohwinkel section was opened.
the remainder of the Kluse–Rittershausen (Oberbarmen) line was also opened. A total of 19,200 tonnes of iron had been used in its construction. The entire line had 472 iron supports. The constructions costs came to 16 million goldmarks.
a train ran into a defective train that was stationary on the line, derailing its rear carriage. One of the four occupants of the carriage sustained scratches.
he suspension railway had already transported almost 20 million passengers.
the newly constructed Döppersberg station was opened, which had already admitted over eight million passengers in 1925.
the supports and the framework of the suspension railway were severely damaged during air raids on Barmen and Elberfeld. For a number of months, only an emergency service with shuttle cars was possible.
regular service recommenced.
the Vohwinkel station and workshop were severely damaged, again stopping the service. Extensive destruction in March 1945 led to further months of downtime.
was the suspension railway service fully operational again.
Merger of “Städtische Werke Wuppertal” (Wuppertal Municipal Utilities) and “Wuppertaler Bahnen AG” (Wuppertal Rail Corporation). The Wuppertal Suspension Railway thus belonged to the newly formed WSW AG – Wuppertaler Stadtwerke AG.
A new generation of carriages commenced operation.
the young elephant Tuffi jumped out of the moving suspension railway train and into the Wupper river during a circus publicity stunt – and survived with a scrape on its backside.
The first prototype of an articulated train was assembled using two vehicles from the 50s. Thanks to its blue paint, it was nicknamed “Enzian”.
the Siemens signalling system commenced operation.
The second red articulated train commenced operation.
the provisional new suspension railway station at Alter Markt was opened.
the new Alter Markt suspension railway station was officially opened.
the breakaway trailer of a truck tore a supporting column out of its anchoring in Sonnborn. The framework crashed down onto the road. The suspension railway was out of service for ten weeks.
the suspension railway rolling stock was completely replaced with 28 modern articulated trains. Only the Imperial Carriages with numbers 5 and 22 were retained.
the suspension railway was out of service for 16 days, because the framework had to be raised by a maximum of 2.20m over a section of around 500m in the area of Sonnborner Kreuz.
the suspension railway was again out of service for seven days, while the turning circle was installed at the station Zoo/Stadion.
Europe’s first rail line with one-man train dispatch was introduced, using fixed cameras in the stations and screens in the driver’s cabs of the suspension railway trains.
75th birthday of the suspension railway: the people of Wuppertal and numerous guests from far and wide celebrated the big event for a whole week.
Opening of the Ohligsmühle station.
Renewal and reinforcement of the bridge bearings of the suspension railway framework.
Restoration of the Art Nouveau station at Werther Brücke.
90th jubilee of the Imperial Carriage.
90 years of official suspension railway operation.
the commencement ceremony and a public party were held for the extension of the suspension railway at Station Zoo/Stadion.
the ground-breaking ceremony was held for the reconstruction of Kluse station, which was destroyed during the war. From 21 to 25 November 1997, the first replacement of the bridges and supports of the steel structure was performed around Kluse.
due to a technical failure, an articulated train crashed into the Imperial Carriage in the Oberbarmen station. Fourteen passengers in the Imperial Carriage were injured. Significant damage was caused to both vehicles.
the suspension railway became a listed historic monument.
the Kluse station was opened to become the 20th station on the suspension railway.
the most serious accident in the history of the Wuppertal Suspension Railway occurred: after the completion of structural work, a piece of metal had not been removed from the rail by the construction company, and the first train derailed and fell into the Wupper river. Five passengers lost their lives, and 47 people were injured. Suspension railway operation recommenced on 9 July 1999.
Ceremony for “100 years of the suspension railway” in Wuppertal City Hall with NRW Minister President Wolfgang Clement.
Opening of the new Westende station.
twelve suspension railway stations had been rebuilt, two suspension railway stations had been renovated, and 95 percent of the framework had been replaced.
Opening of the new suspension railway station at Vohwinkel.
Inauguration of the Vohwinkel station with a large public street party, together with Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vohwinkeler Vereine e.V.
Opening of the curve at the Stadion station, with the new support no. 100, as well as an additional ten bridges and eight supports, with a total weight of 719 tonnes.
Opening of the original design Landgericht station – built based on the original blueprints, but with the addition of elevators.
Signing of the contract at the Vohwinkel suspension railway workshop, for the construction of the new suspension railway with the Düsseldorf-based company Vossloh Kiepe.
Opening of the original design Völklinger Strasse station.
Opening of the new Oberbarmen/Berliner Platz station.
Opening of the original design Werther Brücke station, with festivities on 19 August 2013.
“WSW mobil” (Wuppertal Municipal Utilities) celebrated the official completion of the suspension railway extension, with a number of public events in Wuppertal, and invited guests in the new depot in Oberbarmen. During the ceremony, NRW Transport Minister Michael Groschek installed a golden rivet in the suspension railway framework.
At 11:15 a.m. precisely, the first new suspension railway carriage was delivered to Vohwinkel. An emotional moment that was honoured by the residents of Wuppertal with a huge celebration.
In the night between 8 and 9 February, the first trial run with the new suspension railway train is performed.
The new suspension railway train is now also tested in the daytime.
Five of the new suspension railway trains are now making their rounds, and are integrated into general passenger service. All residents of Wuppertal can now use the new suspension railway trains on a daily basis. WSW mobil celebrates this with colourful public festivities at the Kluse station. The new vehicles will progressively replace the old vehicles. The process should have been completed by the end of 2017.