The railway from Bismark Ost (on the state railway from Stendal to Salzwedel,
later renamed to Hohenwulsch) to Bismark, Kalbe, Badel and Beetzendorf
was opened in December 1899. It was the starting point of the company
which became, after many mergers and name changes, the Altmärkische
Kleinbahn AG. The 127 km long railway network held out very long. From
1965 to 1975, one by one the different branch lines were closed and the
net shrank back to its main line. The main line endured much longer but
the bad state of repair forced the closure of Kalbe - Badel - Beetzendorf
in 1991 and finally Hohenwulsch - Kalbe in 2001.
Overview of explored and unexplored railways
in the Altmark
16-05-07 Final part of my railtracking holiday
in the Altmark
This is the continuation of my walk from Salzwedel to Badel. In Badel
the Salzwedeler Kleinbahnen line meets the Altmärkische Kleinbahn
line from Kalbe to Beetzendorf. This has resulted in a typical triangular
Badel station building as seen looking south
from the still existing track to Salzwedel
Looking north, the rails of the railway
to Beetzendorf have been removed. Visible are both platform edges which
come together in the triangle point here.
Badel was equipped with a high loading ramp
from which street vehicles could be quickly unloaded onto freight wagons.
Loading ramp from above
From Badel the railway heads southeast in
a straight line. Here in the woods below Badel it is crossed by this wooden
bridge which looks recently renovated.
Once again only on crossroads the rails
have been left.