Schwebebahn Dresden

Schwebebahn Dresden

Infobox Public transit
name=Schwebebahn Dresden

locale=Dresden, Germany
transit_type=suspended monorail
system_length=274 metres
The Schwebebahn Dresden is the oldest suspension railway - a kind of hanging monorail - in the world (1891/1900). It is situated in Dresden, Germany, and connects the districts of Loschwitz and Oberloschwitz (Rochwitz side). The line is 274 metres long and is supported on 33 pillars. It was designed by Eugen Langen, who later went on to design the Schwebebahn Wuppertal, a more extensive suspension railway in]

Despite its unusual suspended format, the Dresden Schwebebahn is operated as a conventional funicular railway. The two cars are attached to each other by a cable, which runs around a drum at the top of the incline. The ascending car is pulled up the hill by the weight of the descending car, assisted if necessary by an electric drive to the drum.cite web | url = | title = Bergschwebebahn Loschwitz-Oberloschwitz | publisher = | accessdate = March 12 | accessyear = 2007]

The line has the following technical parameters:cite web | url = | title = Bergschwebebahn Loschwitz-Oberloschwitz | publisher = | accessdate = March 12 | accessyear = 2007]

*Length: "273 metres"
*Height: "84 metres"
*Maximum Steepness: "39.2%"
*Cars: "2"
*Capacity: "40 passengers per car"
*Configuration: "Double suspension track"
*Maximum speed: "2.5 metres per second"
*Traction: "Electricity"

The Schwebebahn was not damaged in World War II, but it was out of service from 1984 to 1992 because of reconstruction. After 1990, and in 2002, extensive repair works took place and there is now a new lookout point on the roof of the]

The Schwebebahn is one of two funicular railways in Dresden, the other being the much more conventional Standseilbahn Dresden. Both lines are operated by the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG, who also operate the city's tram and bus]


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