Limes Railway

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Niederhöchstadt–Bad Soden
Locale Hesse, Germany
Line number 3641
Line length 5.2 km (3.2 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 15 kV/16.7 Hz AC overhead
Route number 645.3
Route map
Bad Soden (Taunus)
S3Frankfurt S3.svg terminus
Sulzbacher Straße
Main road
Sulzbach Nord
L 3367
L 3014
Schwalbach S-Bahn tunnel
Schwalbach am Taunus (Limes)
L 3014
Schwalbach am Taunus Nord
Am Kronberger Hang
L 3005
Gartenstraße LC
Source: German railway atlas[1]

The Limes Railway (German: Limesbahn) is a continuously electrified and single-track railway that runs on the southern edge of the Taunus in the German state of Hesse, connecting the towns of Niederhöchstadt and Bad Soden am Taunus. It is named after Limesstadt (Limes city), a housing development.

The line is only 5.2 kilometres long and is served by S-Bahn line S3, connecting Bad Soden station—which is a terminus also used by the Soden Railway—via Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof to Darmstadt Hbf.

Past and Present[edit]

Beginning in 1964 a large greenfield housing development was built on the outskirts of Schwalbach am Taunus called Limesstadt (Limes City, named after the Roman fortifications of the Limes Germanicus, which actually lay more than 10 kilometres north of this site). It was considered that this development needed the kind of public transport access that could only be provided by rail. This idea was adopted by Georg Leber, the Federal Minister for Transport from 1966 to 1972 and the local member of the Bundestag. This led to the building of an electrified branch line to serve the area.

On 22 December 1970, a shuttle service opened between Niederhöchstadt station on the Kronberg Railway and the new Schwalbach Limes station. On 6 November 1972, the gap was closed to Bad Soden (Taunus) station, which until then was only connected by the Soden Railway to Frankfurt-Höchst.

On 28 May 1978 the line began to be used by S-Bahn line S3, initially to Hauptwache.

Schwalbach North[edit]

Since 31 October 2008, S3 services have served Schwalbach Nord station. This is located between the Schwalbach Limes and Niederhöchstadt stations and serves the industrial park of Am Kronberger Hang in Schwalbach am Taunus. The station consists of a 210-metre-long platform and is barrier-free.[2]

The estimated construction cost of the new station was €1.5 million and planning costs amounted to €300,000.[3]


  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas). Schweers + Wall. 2009. p. 152. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  2. ^ "Neuer Haltepunkt für die S3: Station Schwalbach Nord eröffnet, Pressemitteilung der Stadt Schwalbach" (in German). 31 October 2008. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Neue Haltestelle "Schwalbach Nord"" (in German). Main-Taunus-Verkehrsgesellschaft. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2010.