Wolkramshausen – Erfurt railway line

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Wolkramshausen – Erfurt Hbf
Route number (DB) : 6302
Course book section (DB) : 601
Route length: 71.061 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
Route class : CM4 (Wolkramshausen – Hohenebra)
CE (Hohenebra – Kühnhausen)
D4 (Kühnhausen – Erfurt Hbf)
Route - straight ahead
from Halle (Saale) Hbf
Station, station
0.000 Wolkramshausen
to Hann. Münden
Station, station
3.435 Kleinfurra
Stop, stop
7,050 Grossfurra
Stop, stop
9.121 Good luck for
Station, station
12.029 Sondershausen
to Bad Frankenhausen
Station without passenger traffic
19,247 Hohenebra
after Ebeleben
Stop, stop
21.749 Hohenebra place
Stop, stop
25.054 Niederspier
Station, station
30.730 Wasserthaleben
from Ebeleben
Station, station
35.769 Greetings
Stop, stop
40.730 Gangloffsommern
from Ballstädt and from Großheringen
Station, station
44,992 Straussfurt
Station, station
52.147 Ring life - Gebesee
Stop, stop
56.157 Whale life
from Bad Langensalza
Station, station
60.070 Kuehnhausen
Station, station
62.270 Erfurt- Gispersleben
from Nottleben
Station, station
65,250 Erfurt north
Blockstelle, Awanst, Anst etc.
66.741 Junction Erfurt Dieselstrasse
Connecting train to Abzw Erfurt Leipziger Straße
68.200 Erfurt Nordhäuser train station
from Sangerhausen
from Halle (Saale) Hbf and from Leipzig Hbf (high-speed route)
Station, station
71.061 Erfurt central station
Route - straight ahead
according to Bebra

The Wolkramshausen – Erfurt railway is a single-track main line in Thuringia , which was originally built and operated by the Nordhausen-Erfurt Railway Company . It branches off the Halle – Hann railway line in Wolkramshausen . Münden and leads via Sondershausen and Straussfurt to Erfurt .


The construction of the Nordhausen-Erfurt Railway (NEE) was regulated between Prussia and the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen in a contract dated December 21, 1866. The company, which was founded in 1866 with the help of shares and guarantees from the government of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen and the neighboring districts and cities, received building concessions from Prussia on April 24, 1867 and from Schwarzburg-Sondershausen on June 17, 1867. The aim of the railway construction was to create a connection between the two then Prussian cities of Nordhausen and Erfurt in the province of Saxony and at the same time to bring the first railway connection to the subordinate , i.e. the northern part of the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.

Railcar of the DB Regio near Niederspier

The line was built by a consortium of the companies Pleßner , Schultze & Steinfeld from Berlin and opened on August 17, 1869. From Nordhausen to Wolkramshausen, it used the route of the Halle-Kassel Railway in the direction of Eichenberg-Kassel for eight kilometers, but on a second track built for this purpose, reached the residential town of Sondershausen and continued south across the Hainleite ridge and led into Greußen and Straussfurt today's capital Erfurt, where it ended in the Thuringian Railway station. A number of branch and connecting railways later branched off the route, for example the 20-kilometer route to Bad Frankenhausen in Sondershausen from 1898. From Hohenebra (1883) and Greußen (1901) the Bachsteinbahnen led to Ebeleben and Keula. There was another connection from Straussfurt to Ballstädt and from Kühnhausen to Langensalza.

In the course of the nationalization of the private railways in Prussia and after the earnings situation no longer met expectations in view of the growing competition from other railways, the company accepted a purchase offer from the Prussian state and transferred ownership of the railway to him on January 1, 1887. The company dissolved to; the railway operations were subordinated to the railway management in Frankfurt am Main, but soon after the management in Erfurt.


Kühnhausen station (2012)

In 2009, planning began to expand the Nordhausen – Erfurt line for a maximum line speed of 120 km / h. The aim is to reduce the travel time to less than an hour and to establish connections to the new ICE line to the south. This goes hand in hand with the closure of the less frequented access points Großfurra , Glückauf , Hohenebra Ort and Niederspier . In Kühnhausen, the technical prerequisites for coupling with railcars from the direction of Bad Langensalza are to be created.

The start of construction for the first Wolkramshausen – Sondershausen section was planned for the third quarter of 2014 in 2011, a delay of around one and a half years. The total construction costs were estimated at around 70 million euros, financed from federal funds and DB Netz AG's own funds .

passenger traffic

  • 1880: two pairs of trains a day, travel time 2:18 hours.
  • 1913: six pairs of trains a day, two of which are accelerated train pairs, travel time 1:27 h.
  • 1936: nine pairs of trains a day, two of which are accelerated train pairs, travel time 1:40 h.
  • 2006: KBS 601, hourly traffic, every second train a regional express (RE), travel time 1:19 h.
  • 2009: daily up to 17 pairs of trains with additional trains Nordhausen – Sondershausen, hourly traffic, every second train a RE, travel time 1:15 h.


  • Deutsche Reichsbahn: The German Railways in their Development 1835–1935. Berlin 1935

Web links

Commons : Wolkramshausen – Erfurt railway line  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Too few passengers: 36 Thuringian railway stops on the test bench. In: Ostthüringer Zeitung. March 27, 2014, accessed April 16, 2014 .
  2. ^ Hans-Peter Blum: Extension of the railway line between Erfurt and Nordhausen is delayed. In: Thuringian General . November 21, 2011, accessed May 20, 2016 .