On October 10th, 2019, it was 25 years to the day that committed citizens from the 'Upper Berg County (Oberberg)' gathered and founded the 'Society For The Preservation Of The Wiehl Valley Railway (Förderkreis zur Rettung der Wiehltalbahn)' as a charitable society.

Back then, there were reports about this event e.g. in the "Lokalanzeiger (PDF - sorry, German only!)" in its edition of October 19th, 1994, and the "Waldbröler Echo (PDF - sorry, German only!)" in its October 1994 edition.
 
Our goal was and still is the reinstallation of local public rail transport on the Wiehl valley line, as well as bringing back goods transport from the roads onto rails (as far as possible) for the relief of the environmant and to utilise unemployed infrastructure as intended.
 
This is what we achieved in the past 25 years:
• The line has NOT - as demanded by the adjacent councils - been lifted,
• but is now listed in its entirety.
• We demonstrated the value of this line for goods transport by the transport of Cyclone Kyrill's windthrow in 2007.
• We won all 14 lawsuits the adjacent councils had filed against us and were granted a 50-year operating licence for the Wiehl valley line.
• We made the line trafficable again up to Waldbröl and conducted rides as far as Waldbröl in 2010.
• Subsequently to the 2010 season we restored the Denklingen Railway Bridge.
• We also achieved that two stations (Bielstein, Wiehl) have already been modernised and now comply with the the actual standard for local public transport.
• We annually conduct rides on the line very successfully and by that made people conscious of the line - also at a supraregional level.

The 'Society For The Preservation Of The Wiehl Valley Railway' is organising an information evening on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.
This event will take place on October 11th, 2019, at 06:00 pm in the community hall of the 'Bürgerdorf am Alsberg', Nümbrechter Str. 18, 51545 Waldbröl.
Dr. Martin Henke from the 'Association Of German Transportation Companies (VDV)' will give a lecture on 'Reactivation Of Railway Lines - On The Political Agenda' as guest speaker.

Interested citizens are cordially invited to attend the event.
Enrolments please via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.