Special ride by the DB Regio apprentices

 

On 8th.December 2018, the apprentices of DB Regio organised a non-public special trip for disabled people on the Wiehl Valley Railway line as part of a project.

Back in April 2017 we had reported that in Denklingen a factory unit had been erected too close to the Wiehltalbahn track. Thus, for the foreseeable future no passenger trains were allowed to run as far as Waldbröl for safety reasons.
 
Meanwhile, we have made good progress towards the resumption of passenger traffic as far as Waldbröl. By now, the legal proceedings that had to be initiated in this regard could be settled amicably.

It was not until today, October 14th, 2018, that our 'Opening Run' of this year's season could take place. The reasons for this were construction works of "DB Netz" on the Agger line of RB25 betwen Dieringhausen and Osberghausen, where the Wiehltalbahn line branches. Among other things, the railway bridge in Osberghausen across the Agger brook needed to be replaced.

The renovation works of the DB on the railway bridge across the Agger brook at Osberghausen have been finished recently.

Unfortunately, the subsequent works around the construction site took longer than anticipated, so that the Wiehl Valley Line (branching from the DB Agger line next to the rebuilt DB bridge) could still not be used in early September, as originally planned.
 
In the meantime, the construction works affecting to the area of the Wiehltalbahn have now been finished. We have got the commitment that our line will be accessible again from mid of October onwards.

Many years of hard work on the Wiehl Valley Railway line have left clearly recognisable marks. Technical and operational overhaul of our 'workhorse' is urgently needed. Only then can the challenging work for the preservation of the Wiehl Valley Railway line be guaranteed for the future.