Gießen–Gelnhausen railway

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Locale Hesse
Line number 3701
Line length 67.9 km (42.2 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Operating speed 85 km/h (53 mph) (maximum)
Route number 631
Route map
 Operating points and lines[1][2] 
Main-Weser Railway from Frankfurt (Main)
Dill Railway from Wetzlar
0.0 Gießen
Main-Weser Railway to Kassel
Vogelsberg Railway to Fulda
1.9 Gießen Erdkauter Weg
2.1 Industrial siding
2.5 Erdkauter Weg MTG siding
3.4 Erdkauter Weg Bieber siding
6.2 Watzenborn-Steinberg
7.8 Garbenteich
9.1 Pfahlgraben
former Wetter Valley Railway from Butzbach
15.2 Lich (Oberhess)
former Wetter Valley Railway to Grünberg
18.6 Langsdorf (Oberhess)
former Horloff Valley Railway from Mücke
21.8 Hungen
former Horloff Valley Railway to Friedberg
 reactivation planned
25.2 Trais-Horloff
28.2 Ober-Widdersheim
31.5 Borsdorf (Hess)
Nidda Valley Railway from Beienheim
former Nidda Valley Railway from Schotten
35.0 Nidda
41.7 Ranstadt
Effolderbach Tunnel (673 m)
44.5 Effolderbach
former Oberwald Railway from Lauterbach Nord
45.8 Glauburg-Stockheim
Nidda Valley Railway to Bad Vilbel
Industrial siding
49.2 Bleichenbach (Oberhess)
52.0 Büches-Düdelsheim
54.8 Büdingen (Oberhess)
Büdingen Tunnel (535 m)
62.2 Mittel-Gründau
Industrial siding from Rothenbergen
66.0 Lieblos
Kinzig Valley Railway from Hanau
69.7 Gelnhausen
Kinzig Valley Railway to Fulda

The Gießen–Gelnhausen railway (also known as the Lahn-Kinzig Railway) is a single-track, non-electrified mainline in the German state of Hesse. It runs from Gießen via Nidda to Gelnhausen.


The line is part of the government-owned railway network (DB Netz) and is currently (2012) served by passenger trains (GTW 2/6) operated by the HLB Hessenbahn GmbH, a subsidiary of Hessische Landesbahn, on behalf of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (Rhine-Main Transport Association, RMV).

In the 2003/2004 timetable, which commenced on 14 December 2003, services on weekends and holidays was reordered. In addition, the Nidda–Glauburg–Büdingen–Gelnhausen section is served every morning and evening by bus line 374. Until the 2009/2010 timetable, this route was still called line 610 and served the whole line from Gelnhausen to Gießen.


Planning on the line began in 1862 and it was built and operated by the Upper Hessian Railway Company (Oberhessische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft) and opened in several sections:

Opening dates for sections
Date Beginning End Length
29.12.1869 Gießen Hungen 21.83 km
29.06.1870 Hungen Nidda 13.23 km
30.10.1870 Nidda Büdingen 19.79 km
30.11.1870 Büdingen Gelnhausen 14.91 km

An extension to Partenstein on the Bavarian Ludwig's Western Railway (Ludwigs-West-Bahn) did not come about. However, the line became important from 1888 with the integration of some branch lines in the Vogelsberg and Wetterau.

The Upper Hessian Railway Company was nationalised in 1876 and its operations were taken over by the Grand Duchy of Hesse State Railways (Großherzoglich Hessische Staatseisenbahnen).


  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  2. ^ Lothar Brill. "Photographs of tunnel portals on line 3701" (in German). Tunnelportale. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 


  • Adolf Kaiser (2010). 140 Jahre Eisenbahn in Oberhessen : Ein Jahrhundert verändert die Region. (in German). Büdingen, Hess: Geschichtswerkstatt Büdingen. ISBN 978-3-939454-59-5. 
  • Wilhelm Lepper. "Unterwegs auf unseren Straßen : Verkehrslandschaft Wetterau". Die Wetterau (in German). Friedberg 1983: Kreissparkasse Friedberg. p. 203. ISBN 3-87076-038-9. 
  • Jürgen Röhrig Schriftenreihe. Oberhessischen Eisenbahnen (in German). 
  • Jürgen Röhrig (11 July 2009). "Rübenwagen sind längst Geschichte". Gießener Anzeiger (in German). Retrieved 20 February 2012.