New trains for the Wuppertal Suspension Railway
19 February 2017 • Author(s): Wuppertaler Schwebebahn
The Wuppertal Suspension Railway (Wuppertaler Schwebebahn) is the world’s oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars and is a unique system1 . Carrying approximately 80,0001 passengers per weekday through the German city, the world-famous ‘monorail’ has been largely modernised with the most recent investment focusing on new ‘Generation 15’ trains.
On 10 November 2011 Wuppertaler Stadtwerke2 (WSW) awarded Vossloh a €122 million contract to build 31 articulated suspended monorail trains. The contract was shared between Düsseldorf-based Vossloh Kiepe (traction equipment) and Vossloh España (vehicles). The Berlin-based company büro+staubach – which has also been involved in projects such as the Variobahn trams built for BOGESTRA; the Flexity trams in Kraków; and various vehicle projects for metro and tram networks in China – contributed the design element for the new Wuppertal trains. The original contract envisaged the first two vehicles being delivered in mid-2014 for testing, with the remainder following at a rate of two or three per month between late-2014 and December 2015.