2020 is not only the year to celebrate Friedrich Engels - at the same time it has been 70 years since the well known story of the elephant Tuffi and her jump into the Wupper occured. This was the reason to create two special editions of the Schwebebahnmodell.
Both modells have been produced as a limited run with 500 pieces. They will be sold for 59 Euro each. You can buy those at the Onlineshop of Wuppertal Marketing or in the CustomerCenters of the WSW.
The suspension railroad currently only runs on weekends. From Monday to Friday the Wuppertaler public utility company (WSW) offers a replacement bus service. The WSW plan to have the suspension railroad running as usual again from August 2021. To achieve this, they have developed a plan with clear responsibilities in cooperation with external experts:
First: Solving the two central problems (installation and serial defects & wheel abrasion).
Second: Increasing availability so that the railroads can be used again for regular operations much more quickly in the event of a disruption.
A detailed description of the plan is available in German.
Following the mask requirement initiated by the state of NRW starting on the 27.04.2020, the suspension railway asks their customers to please follow the request.
WSW mobil executive Director Ulrich Jaeger: „The health of passengers and employees is our top priority. Our customers are supposed to arrive safe and healthy at their destinations, now and always.
We ask our customers to stay safe and take care of the other passengers by wearing facial masks." Following the specifications of the state, using a scarf or cloth covering mouth and nose is sufficient.
On January 07, CNN-Travel published the article "CNN Travel's 20 best places to visit in 2020". Among other things, Wuppertal is mentioned alongside cities such as Washington and St. Petersburg.
Wuppertal owes this placement because of the suspension railway which they called "... one of the world's coolest rail systems".