Hassel – Neuermark-Lübars railway line
|Hassel (Kr Stendal) –Neuermark-Lübars|
Remnants of the strategic railway towards the banks of the Elbe (connection to the West Elbe)
|Route number :||6877|
|Route length:||8.6 km|
|Gauge :||1435 mm ( standard gauge )|
With the construction of the Stendal – Niedergörne railway line in 1977, a bypass of the Elbe bridge at Hämerten was to be implemented. The possibility of using the Elbe bridge in Tangermünde , which at that time was still equipped with a track support structure, was examined . However, the bridge was not designed for the loads required by the military.
In 1984 a track connection to the banks of the Elbe was built from the alternative junction in Hassel, which led eastwards to the Elbe dyke. The stump track on the dike was operationally referred to as the West Elbe connection .
The counterpart was on the east bank of the Elbe, the Ostelbe connection there was connected to the Schönhausen – Sandau railway line with a connecting track via the Lübars / Elbe depot with a continuous main track and two siding tracks .
A pioneer bridge of the type ESB-16 (combined railway-road bridge) was ready there. This bridge was only built once as part of an exercise. Test drives to load the bridge were carried out with a class 118 diesel locomotive . However, the bridge was only fully crossed by a train with the class 50 (Reko) and personnel carriers of the Hkms class in an east-west direction. After the fall of the Wall , the possibility of crossing the Elbe was given up. The Billberge military connection station was built on the western section of the route. The track connection to the banks of the Elbe was interrupted.