Haßfurt – Hofheim railway line

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Hassfurt – Hofheim
Route number : 5232
Course book section (DB) : 816
Route length: 15.49 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
Maximum slope : 28.6 
Route - straight ahead
from Schweinfurt
Station, station
0.00 Hassfurt
to Bamberg
1.23 Haßfurt High School from 1965
5.0   Prappach until 1924
7.74 Königsberg (Bavaria) until 1920 Königsberg (Franconia)
10.94 Junkersdorf (b Hofheim)
13.48 Rügheim
15.49 Hofheim (Unterfr)

The Haßfurt – Hofheim line was a single-track branch line about 15 kilometers long from Haßfurt to Hofheim in Lower Franconia . The railway line was also popularly known as Hofheimerle . The line was closed in 1995. The subsequent dismantling of the line was completed in 1997. A cycle path was set up in some areas on the former railway line and is part of the Haßfurt-Meiningen cycle path .


A rail bus in Hofheim (Unterfr) train station in 1991

On August 1, 1852, the railway reached Haßfurt with the Ludwigs-West-Bahn . Forty years later, on March 15, 1892, the Bavarian State Railroad inaugurated the 15.5 kilometer long secondary line to Hofheim. The basis for the route was a state treaty between the Kingdom of Bavaria and the Duchy of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha , which ensured co-financing by the Saxon enclave of Königsberg and a corresponding route. For this reason, the route was not carried out directly from Hassfurt to Hofheim along the Nassach , but a detour via Königsberg with a more complex route was chosen. In 1965 came a new school complex breakpoint Hassfurt school , which caused long high ridership. Freight traffic was discontinued on September 24, 1994, passenger train traffic on July 31, 1995, and the line was closed on December 1, 1995. The dismantling was completed in January 1997. The former station building in Hofheim has since housed a small museum on the history of the route.

Hofheim train station (Lower Franconia), April 30, 2016


Initially, there were two pairs of passenger trains per day on the branch line. The steam locomotives of the class 98 10 and later 98 11 were used . From December 1959, the rail bus became the standard vehicle in passenger train traffic. In 1976 there were eight pairs of trains on weekdays that took about 24 minutes to travel. The class 86 as well as the diesel locomotives V 100 and V 80 could be observed in freight train traffic.


  • Andreas Kuhfahl: Branch lines in Lower Franconia . Eisenbahn-Fachbuchverlag Neustadt / Coburg, 2003. ISBN 3-9805967-9-6

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. www.achim-bartoschek.de: Description and photos of the cycle path on the route