Vogelsberger Südbahn

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Vogelsberger Südbahn
Wächtersbach - Hartmannshain
The locomotive monument in Birstein
The locomotive monument in Birstein
Course book section (DB) : 192d
Route length: 31.6 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
Maximum slope : 21 
formerly Oberwaldbahn from Grebenhain
31.6 Hartmannshain 575  m
former Oberwaldbahn to Gedern
28.6 Völzberg
25.6 Lichen red
23.3 Wüstwillenroth
20.6 Radmühl-Wettges
16.8 Fischborn-Oberreichenbach
13.8 Unterreichenbach (b Birstein)
12.2 Birstein
8.1 Hellstein
6.4 Schlierbach (b Wächtersbach)
4.3 Hamlet
1.4 Wächtersbach swimming pool
0.0 Wächtersbach district station
Kinzig Valley Railway from Fulda
Station, station
-0.5 Wächtersbach State Railway Station
Route - straight ahead
Kinzig Valley Railway to Hanau


The Vogelsberger Southern Railway Association, starting in Wächtersbach , the Kinzig Valley Railway over Birstein with the Vogelsberg Railway (now often subsequently Oberwald railway called). The terminus of this route was Hartmannshain station , the highest in Hessen.

The southern section Wächtersbach – Birstein was in operation from 1898 to 1967, the northern section to Hartmannshain from 1934 to 1958.


The line was single-track and built in standard gauge , so that wagons (usually exclusively freight wagons ) could be transferred from the state railway to the Vogelsberger Südbahn (and vice versa). This was permitted - because of the considerable gradient of the route - but only for cars with their own brakes.


The section to Birstein built by the Vering & Waechter railway construction and operating company was opened on June 30, 1898 by the Wächtersbach-Birsteiner Kleinbahn-Gesellschaft . The northern part to Hartmannshain did not follow until December 23, 1934, although from November 6, 1930 the company was already called Kleinbahn Wächtersbach-Birstein-Hartmannshain (Vogelsberger Südbahn) AG .

The section between Birstein and Hartmannshain was shut down in 1958/59, the main line between Birstein and Wächtersbach on May 27, 1967. At that time, the line was part of the Gelnhausen district railways .

Today's Vogelsberger Südbahnradweg runs largely independently of the mostly no longer usable and partially built-up route of the eponymous railway line. In the Brachttal Museum in Brachttal-Spielberg there is a model railway replica of the route of the Vogelsberger Südbahn.

Vogelsberger Südbahnlauf

The Vogelsberger Südbahnlauf takes place once a year. Different disciplines can be completed from half marathons to Bambini runs. 


Web links

Commons : Vogelsberger Südbahn  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Railway Atlas Germany . 9th edition. Schweers + Wall, Aachen 2014, ISBN 978-3-89494-145-1 .
  2. Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft (Ed.): Official Gazette of the Reichsbahndirektion Mainz of October 5, 1935, No. 45. Announcement No. 468, p. 193.
  3. ^ Brachttal Museum and History Association V. Brachttalmuseum, accessed on July 25, 2020 .