Train on the Radebeul–Radeburg railway leaving Radebeul East station
|Type||Narrow gauge railway|
|Opened||September 14, 1884|
|Operator(s)||Royal Saxon State Railways, Deutsche Reichsbahn, DR, Saxon Steam Railway Company|
|Line length||16.49 km (10.25 mi)|
|Track gauge||750 mm (2 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Minimum radius||75 m (246.1 ft)|
|Operating speed||30 km/h (19 mph)|
|Maximum incline||16.6 ‰ or 1.66 %|
|Route number||509, 12501|
The Radebeul–Radeburg railway, also known as the Lößnitzgrundbahn ("Lössnitz Valley Railway") and locally nicknamed the Lößnitzdackel (Lößnitz Dachshund), is a 750 mm (2 ft 5 1⁄2 in) gauge narrow gauge steam-hauled railway in the outskirts of Dresden, Germany. It should not be confused with the Lößnitz Tramway, known in German as the Lößnitzbahn or the Lößnitzschaukel, which was a metre gauge interurban tramway that connected Dresden with Radebeul.
Primarily a tourist attraction, the Radebeul–Radeburg railway maintains a year-round timetable and runs between Radebeul East station on the main Deutsche Bahn line between Dresden and Meissen and the small towns of Moritzburg and Radeburg north of Dresden. Scheduled traffic on the line is maintained by Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH (former BVO Bahn), using steam locomotives built in the 1950s.
Older trains, using engines and cars built in the late 19th and early 20th century, are maintained by the non-profit Traditionsbahn Radebeul. The older trains operate on the line for special events.
In early 2011, it was reported that proposed budgetary cuts on the Saxon narrow gauge lines may involve the closure of the section of this line from Moritzburg to Radeburg. The section between Radebeul and Moritzburg carries a significant number of tourists visiting Schloss Moritzburg, but the remaining 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) onward to Radeburg is less used. An alternative proposal was to serve this section with a railcar, allowing a more frequent service as far as Moritzburg without needing additional steam trains.
- Saxon Elbe Region Archived 2013-04-11 at the Wayback Machine. at www.dresden.de. Accessed on 14 Mar 2013.
- "Schmalspur-Loks fahren frontal aufeinander" (in German). Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
- Fender, Keith (February 2011). "Partial closure for Lößnitzgrundbahn". Today's Railways. Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. p. 61.
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