Bautzen–Bad Schandau railway
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|Bautzen–Bad Schandau railway|
|Termini||Bautzen railway station
Bad Schandau railway station
|Line length||64 km (40 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Bautzen–Bad Schandau railway is a German 64-kilometre long railway line, that connects Bautzen to Bad Schandau via Neukirch/Lausitz, Neustadt in Sachsen and Sebnitz. The railway was opened fully in 1898. The part between Neustadt in Sachsen and Bad Schandau is also known as Sebnitztalbahn (Sebnitz valley railway).
Construction of the line began in 1874 and by the inauguration in 1877 had cost 9.8 million Reichsmark, 1 million of which going to the construction of the bridge over the Elbe at Bad Schandau. The Neustadt-Bad Schandau section opened on 1 July 1877 and the Bautzen-Neustadt section opened on 1 September 1877.
The freight section between Bautzen and Wilthen closed on 31 December 1994. Since 12 December 2004, the non-stop passenger trains between Bautzen and Neustadt have also stopped. The section Neukirch-Wilthen is still used by local trains connecting Dresden and Zittau.
The Bautzen–Bad Schandau railway is used by the following passenger services:
- RE2 Dresden Hbf - Bischofswerda − Ebersbach (Sachs) − Zittau (between Neukirch West and Wilthen)
- RB61 Dresden Hbf − Bischofswerda − Ebersbach (Sachs) − Zittau (between Neukirch West and Wilthen)
- SB71 Pirna - Neustadt - Bad Schandau (between Neustadt and Bad Schandau).