|Following the recent article from Roger Davies covering his visit to Soligen, we continue with his trip on the Schweberbahn overhead railway|
|Schweberbahn and trolleybus below|
|Schweberbahn over a road.|
The 27 cars with a capacity of about 175 dating from 1977 carry 82,000 passengers a day on an around 5 minute service. 31 higher capacity cars are on order from Vossloh Keipe for next year and it is hoped to increase the frequency. It has an enviable safety record, its most famous incident taking place in 1950 when a baby elephant being used for publicity purposes by the Althof circus leapt out of the schweberbahnwagen into the river sustaining only minor injuries. It was named “Tuffi” thereafter which means something like skydiver in Italian.
We hired the 1901Kaiserwagen for our hour’s round trip accompanied by beer and sandwiches which must be one of the great transport experiences. The vehicle is named that as it was used on a test run on October 24 1900 carrying Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Both places deserve a visit from the transport affectionado.
|Schweberbahn over the river.|
|Schweberbahn over a road|
Thanks to Roger Davies for this article and pictures. All pictures © Roger Davies.