In December 2016, as part of his budget speech, Mayor Stücker of Wiehl highlighted the opportunities of the Wiehl valley route in terms of usability that would go well beyond occasional tourist trips. He announced that he would seek a conversation with the railway staff.

The first plans are almost 20 years old. At last the level-crossing barrier has been erected in the town centre of Wiehl. But it is not ready to operate yet. Regardless of the fact that trains only run here occasionally on this branch line, a barrier system like that for high speed lines is prescribed by the regulations.

 Spurred by the 'integrated concept of action', which was worked out for Morsbach last year, the municipality could take ownership of the DB area including the existing railway facilities after years and years of talks on March 3rd, 2017. 

 On September 8th, 2017, the new "Boxberg"-roundabout in Waldbröl was officially dedicated. The 'guest of honour' (steam locomotive 'Waldbröl' of the 'Bergischer Löwe') was welcomed enthusiastically.

 Waldbröl has been reconnected to the DB railway network! The gap in the rails that had been opened back in 2014 due to the pending construction of the 'Boxberg' roundabout, has been closed again.