Thuringian Railway Company

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Seal of the Thuringian Railway Company

The Thuringian Railway Company was a railway company that existed from 1844 to 1886 for the construction of railway lines in the Thuringian states.


The Kingdom of Prussia , the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar and the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha held a quarter of the share capital in the Thuringian Railway Company, which was founded in Erfurt in 1844 . Later came Saxony-Meiningen , Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt , Schwarzburg-Sondershausen , Reuss jL , as well as the city of Mühlhausen and the city and district of Langensalza .

The 189 kilometer long Thuringian Railway , the still very important east-west connection Halle - Gerstungen , was built as the first construction project and put into operation in sections:

In the following years the network expanded further with the following routes and reached a total length of 505 kilometers:

The Thuringian Railway was involved in the Werra Railway Company from 1858 to 1875 and also ran the Gotha-Ohrdrufer Railway Company , which opened on May 8, 1876.

Because of the great importance of the railway lines of the Thuringian Railway Company, the state of Prussia endeavored to acquire it in full, took over management and administration on January 1, 1882 and became the owner on July 1, 1886.


Large parts of the tradition of the Thuringian Railway Company are in the Dessau department of the Saxony-Anhalt State Archives .

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