The Suspension Railway is the oldest suspension railway in the world. It first opened for operation in 1901. Negotiating the 84 metre height differential between Loschwitz and Oberloschwitz in comfort is a real delight. History buffs will be in their element in the engine house at the upper station.
As you approach your destination, the upper station, you see the Elbe meadowlands spread out below in the valley, and the Elbe Bend as far as Dresden's old town.
What is amazing about the design of the Suspension Railway is that only one of the 33 pillars supporting the rails is fixed. The others are all pendulum supports designed to compensate for changes in length caused by temperature fluctuations. Like the Wuppertal Suspension Railway, it was designed using the single-rail suspension principle by engineer Eugen Langen.
Don't be surprised when, at your destination, you see a massive tower. This once housed the engines for the railway, which was originally steam-powered. These days, from the tower's viewing terraces, you can let your gaze sweep over the countryside as far, on a clear day, as the Ore Mountains.
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