Hattinger circular path
The city of Hattingen was already connected to the tram network by BOGESTRA and Bergische Kleinbahn when the district of Hattingen planned in 1912 to connect Henrichshütte , which had been located in 1853, to Hattingen and Blankenstein with its own tram .
For this purpose, on March 1, 1914, the district founded the Hattinger Kreisbahn . The line was operated by BOGESTRA until 1919, after which it was taken over by the Ennepe-Ruhr district . In the 1920s, due to hyperinflation, the railway was shut down between December 10, 1922 and May 4, 1923, and between October 11 and 16, 1923. Due to the Belgian occupation between October 24th and May 31st, 1924, operations were again shut down.
On December 18, 1926, the line from Hattingen to Stiepel was extended across the Ruhr . After the regional reform in 1929, some sections of the small railway were in the area of the city of Bochum and an arbitration decision on October 1, 1932 decided that part of the route fell to BOGESTRA. In the further history of the circular path, all lines were gradually discontinued and taken over by buses. On June 30, 1969 , the last line between Hattingen-Post and Blankenstein ceased operations.
- Dieter Höltge: Trams and light rail vehicles in Germany, Volume 4 Ruhrgebiet EK-Verlag, Freiburg i.Br. 1994, ISBN 3-8825-5334-0 .