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Even in the time of Kaiser Wilhelm, the two little carriages with their distinctive yellow and blue paint rumbled their way up and down Wiesbaden’s largest hill at 7.3 km/h. Just as it did then, today it takes just 3 1/2 minutes to travel from the valley station over the viaduct and up to the hill station at a height of 245 metres. 

Here you will find interessting numbers, data and facts and also pictures of various technical details as well as the link to our video "The Nerobergbahn - ESWE Verkehr hautnah".


age in years


length of route in m


average gradient in %


speed in km/h

Technical details at a glance



Opening of the railway

25 September 1888

Operating period

April to October every year

Passengers per year

approx. 300,000

Duration of single journey

approx. 3.5 minutes


2.16 m/sec (corresponds to 7.78 km/h)




1,000 mm

Rail profile


Track length

438.5 m (with 70 m passing loop)

Gear rack

Width 110 mm, division 100 mm, Riggenbach system

Height difference

83 m


15 %, in middle of route 26 %, average 19.5 %


Material 8-strand cable made from compressed exterior strands with plastic inlay between steel core and exterior strand, galvanized
Cable structure 8 x 19 Seale + SESUG, compressed strands
Cable diameter 28 mm
Cable length 451 m
Lay type Cross lay
Cable weight 1,655 kg
Breaking force 74.55 t
Traction on cable lever 3,406 kg


Permitted capacity Up: 40 persons, down: 50 persons
Carriage weight Empty: 8,100 kg; 50 people weighing 75 kg: 3,750 kg
Water weight 3,500 to 7,000 kg
Maximum load 18,850 kg
Water filling 3.5 to 7.0 m³

Water reservoirs

Fill quantity Hill station 350 m³, valley station 200 m³
Engine capacity of pump 37 kW at 2,900 rpm
Delivery rate of pump 60 m³/h, 123.5 m


The sophisticated technology in detail

The route is 440 metres long and has a maximum gradient of 25 percent – a challenge that the Nerobergbahn has tackled without incident since 1888. It is all thanks to the Nerobergbahn’s ingenious means of propulsion. The carriage is filled at the hill station with up to 7,000 litres of water before travelling down a steel cable, pulling the other carriage up as it goes. Once the carriage reaches the bottom, the water is released and pumped back up to the top of the hill. The two carriages are connected by a steel cable measuring 452 metres in length. The driver of the carriage travelling downhill controls the speed. The whole thing is secured by cogwheels under the carriages, which bite into a gear rack attached to the tracks.

The picture shows the filling pipe at the hill station

The filling pipe at the hill station.

The picture shows the centrifugal governor for the emergency brake.

The centrifugal governor for the emergency brake

The picture shows the cable including cable drum.

The cable including cable drum

The picture shows the deflection pulley at the hill station.

Deflection pulley at the hill station

Te picture shows the water drainage at the valley station.

Water drainage at the valley station

The picture shows the water level display on the carriage.

Water level display on the carriage

The picture shows the cog wheel with gear rack and brake drums.

The cog wheel with gear rack and brake drums

The picture shows a screenshot of the Nerobergbahn video

Take a look behind the scenes

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