Wächtersbach station

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Wächtersbach station
Deutsche Bahn
Through station
Dampfkleinbahn in Wächtersbach (2009).jpg
Steam train on the Bad Orb–Wächtersbach line in Wächtersbach station
Location Am Bahnhof 2, Wächtersbach, Hesse
Coordinates 50°15′18″N 9°17′47″E / 50.25500°N 9.29639°E / 50.25500; 9.29639Coordinates: 50°15′18″N 9°17′47″E / 50.25500°N 9.29639°E / 50.25500; 9.29639
Platforms 3 (and 1 special platform)
Other information
Station code 6460[1]
DS100 code FWAE[2]
IBNR 8006132
Category 4[1]
Website www.bahnhof.de
Opened 1 May 1867

Wächtersbach station is a station in the town of Wächtersbach in the German state of Hesse on the Kinzig Valley Railway (German: Kinzigtalbahn). The former Bad Orb Light Railway (Bad Orber Kleinbahn) branches off at the station. It was originally standard gauge, but has it has been converted to narrow gauge. The Vogelsberg Southern Railway (Vogelsberger Südbahn) also use to branch off here to Hartmannshain (in the municipality of Grebenhain) via Birstein. The station is classified by Deutsche Bahn (DB) as a category 4 station.[1]


Flieden station was opened on 1 May 1867 along with the Hanau–Waechtersbach section of the Frankfurt–Bebra railway.

The Wächtersbach–Birstein section of the Vogelsberg Southern Railway was opened on 30 June 1898 by the Wächtersbach-Birstein Light Railway Company (Wächtersbach-Birsteiner Kleinbahn-Gesellschaft). The Birstein-Hartmannshain section was opened on 23 December 1934. The Vogelsberg Southern Railway was closed on 27 May 1967. Today the Vogelsberg Southern Railway cycle track (Vogelsberger Südbahnradweg) is built on it.

The Wächtersbach–Bad Orb railway was originally a standard gauge line, which began in Wächtersbach and ran to Bad Orb. It was opened on 23 May 1901[3] and closed on 4 March 1995. On 26 May 2001, the first section in Bad Orb was reopened as a 600-mm gauge railway and the whole route to Wächtersbach has been operated since 29 October 2006. The seasonal service operates on Sundays and public holidays from Easter to the end of October. Trains stop at the former station called Wächtersbach Kleinbahnhof next to Wächtersbach station and the operator uses the (unofficial) platform number of 21.


The entrance building of Wächtersbach station is now listed as a monument under the Hessian Heritage Act.

The station has a “home” platform (next to the station building) and an island platform. The home platform (platform 1) is served by Regional-Express services from Fulda to Frankfurt. Track 2 and track 3, which are on the central island platform, are used by services in the opposite direction. Stadt-Express services to Frankfurt start on track 3.

The entry and exit to/from the Regional-Express train is accessible by wheelchair with assistance. The station itself is not designed to be accessible by the disabled, but there are intentions to build a wheelchair-accessible ramp.[4]


Fares in Wächtersbach are set and services are managed by the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (Rhine-Main Transport Association). The station is served by Regional-Express and Stadt-Express services. In the summer months from May to October tourist trains run three times a day.


Regional-Express train from Fulda to Frankfurt (RE 50) stop at the station hourly every day. There is also a daily hourly service of Stadt-Express (stopping) trains (SE 50). During the weekday peak hours some Stadt-Express services start from or terminate at Bad Soden-Salmunster.

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
RE 50
Kinzig Valley Railway
toward Fulda
RB 51
Kinzig Valley Railway


Wächtersbacher bus station is served by bus routes 81 to 84, which connect to Bad Soden-Salmunster, Flörsbachtal, Jossgrund and Bad Orb. The bus lines 71 and 72 are connections between Wächtersbach-Brachttal-Birstein.


  1. ^ a b c "Stationspreisliste 2017" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  3. ^ "Schienenverkehr bringt für die Kurstadt den Aufschwung". Gelnhäuser-Tageblatt (in German). 29 January 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bahnhof Wächtersbach Für Rollstuhlfahrer ungeeignet". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). 27 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 


  • Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Hessen, ed. (2005). Eisenbahn in Hessen. Kulturdenkmäler in Hessen. Denkmaltopographie Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in German). 2.1. Stuttgart: Theiss Verlag. pp. 336ff. ISBN 3-8062-1917-6. 

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