Kinzig Valley Railway (Black Forest)
|Kinzig Valley Railway|
|Line length||39.1 km (24.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Operating speed||100 km/h (62.1 mph) max.|
The Kinzig Valley Railway (German: Kinzigtalbahn) is a railway line in Germany that runs from Hausach to Freudenstadt and follows the Kinzig River that gives it its name. The line has numerous tunnels, is single-tracked and unelectrified.
The Kinzig Valley Railway was opened on 5 July 1878 from Hausach to Wolfach by the Grand Duchy of Baden State Railway and extended on 4 November 1886 to Schiltach. At the same time the Royal Württemberg State Railways cleared the section from Schiltach to Freudenstadt Hbf for traffic.
In Hausach the Black Forest Railway line branches off at kilometre stone 33.17. Until just beyond Schiltach (kilometre 14.760) the kilometre numbering increases; from there on, beginning in Eutingen im Gäu, it decreases, because the line beyond Schenkenzell switches from Baden to Württemberg territory. At the terminus of Freudenstadt Hbf the Murg Valley Railway to Rastatt begins, as does the Gäu Railway which heads off towards Eutingen and Stuttgart.
The Schiltach-Schramberg railway used to branch off at Schiltach. This line was opened in 1892, but closed in 1959 to passenger services and in 1990 to goods traffic as well. At Schiltach station a railbus rake and the old railway bridge over the Kinzig recalls this branch that, today, has been full dismantled. In Schramberg there is still an overgrown buffer stop and the former station tavern, which is used today as a clubhouse for the Black Riders. The old trackbed is used today as a cycle path.
The Kinzigtalbahn is owned by DB Netz AG. It was formerly operated by Deutsche Bahn, but services were taken over on 12 December 2004 by the Ortenau S-Bahn (OSB). Since then it has run hourly through services from Freudenstadt Hbf to Offenburg, the section from Hausach to Offenburg being the Baden Black Forest Railway The trains usually cross in Alpirsbach at the usual meeting time just before the hour. The majority of trains run on past Offenburg to Bad Griesbach, the terminus of the Rench Valley Railway. At the weekend a morning train runs through to Strasbourg in France.
At Freudenstadt, the Ortenau S-Bahn services meet those of the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn, operating by Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG), using their fleet of tram-trains, over the Murgtalbahn to Karlsruhe.
A Regio-Shuttle of the Ortenau-S-Bahn leaves the halt of Wolfach-Halbmeil