A Trip Back To 1902
|Wuppertal, Germany in 1902.|
I'm betting that you didn't know they had flying trains in 1902. Well, I didn't know that. But then, I don't live in Wuppertal, Germany. It was and still is called the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn.
It all looks very anachronistic and steampunk to me, like a video game rendition of what 1902 Germany might have looked like with Vincent Price flying around in a giant battleship powered by huge propellers.
Oh, maybe you are wondering as I was, "What does it look like now? Let's make a couple of comparisons. The stanchions were upgraded somewhere along the way so they are wider and sturdier and there isn't a need for as many of them. Perhaps this was done right after World War II when the flying train was partially destroyed by bombing.
Below is a fairly recent capture of Sonnborner Strasse in Wuppertal. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it is at the same bend in the road as the 1902 shot above. Compare them and see if I'm right.
Sonnborner Strasse, Wuppertal, Germany, August 2008 (Google Maps).|
Next up is 85 Kaiserstraße, Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, as seen in 1902.
And the 21st Century version of 85 Kaiserstraße, coming up on your left.
|Wuppertal in 2008 (Courtesy of Google Street View).|
Remember, this is an actual film, though the color has been added. Oh, and the flying train is still in operation in Wuppertal to this day and in daily use.