Wiesbaden's slanted landmark runs in the months of March, April, September and October - daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the summer months from May to August daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Every 15 minutes, the Nerobergbahn starts a ride and takes passengers up Wiesbaden's local mountain or back down into the Nero Valley. During the winter months, the two cars were checked, necessary repairs were carried out, the track was inspected and repair work was carried out.
Wiesbaden's slanted landmark
Even in the days of Kaiser Wilhelm, the two small yellow and blue mountain railway cars rumbled up and down Wiesbaden's local mountain at 7.3 kilometers per hour. Today, as in the past, they need 3.5 minutes to travel from the bottom station over the viaduct to the top station at an altitude of 245 meters. It takes about 3.5 minutes to travel from the bottom station over the viaduct up to the top station at an altitude of 245 meters.
The sophisticated technology thrilled the passengers of the Nero Mountain Train (Nerobergbahn) then as it does today. They have to cover 440 meters and climb a gradient of up to 25 percent. A challenge that the Nerobergbahn has been mastering without incident since 1888.
This is thanks to the ingenious drive system of the Nerobergbahn: The downhill car is filled with up to 7,000 liters of water at the top station and pulls the other car uphill on a steel cable. When the downhill car arrives at the bottom, the water is drained and pumped back uphill. Both cars are connected by a 452 meter long steel cable. The speed is controlled by the downhill trolley driver. The system is secured by gears under the cars that engage with a rack mounted on the track.