Wächtersbach - Hartmannshain
The locomotive monument in Birstein
|Course book section (DB) :||192d|
|Route length:||31.6 km|
|Gauge :||1435 mm ( standard gauge )|
|Maximum slope :||21 ‰|
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.
The Vogelsberger Südbahnlauf takes place once a year. Different disciplines can be completed from half marathons to Bambini runs.
- Reinhold Winter / Joachim Volz: Vogelsberger Südbahn , Birstein 1994 ISBN 3-9804078-0-2
- Heinz Schomann : Railway in Hessen . Railway buildings and routes 1839–1939. In: State Office for Monument Preservation Hessen (Ed.): Cultural monuments in Hessen. Monument topography Federal Republic of Germany . Three volumes in a slipcase. tape 2.2 . Theiss Verlag, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-8062-1917-6 , p. 797 ff . (Route 071).
- Railway Germany . 9th edition. Schweers + Wall, Aachen 2014, ISBN 978-3-89494-145-1 .
- Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft (Ed.): Official Gazette of the Reichsbahndirektion Mainz of October 5, 1935, No. 45. Announcement No. 468, p. 193.
- Brachttal Museum and History Association V. Brachttalmuseum, accessed on July 25, 2020 .