Hochneukirch - Jülich - Frenz (- Stolberg)
The Bergisch-Märkische railway company opened this
railwayline in 1873.
Passenger service was stopped between Hochneukirch and Jülich in
1980, while goods transport from Hochneukirch up to Ameln lasted a while
longer, till 1984, thanks to the sugar factory in Ameln. Passenger service
between Stolberg and Jülich ended in 1984, only the last 10 km
between the connection to the power plant at Frenz and Stolberg were
kept open for goods transport. In 2004 passenger traffic was restarted
from Stolberg to Weisweiler, while a new connection from Weisweiler
to Langerwehe is planned, where it will connect to the Köln-Aachen
Between Frenz and Hochneukirch the railwayline has been removed shortly
after it was closed down, though it can still be clearly recognised
in the landscape as a long line of trees. Not for much longer though,
because it is threatened by two seperate lignite mines.
On foot I can reach almost every place as I am not dependant
on roads or paths and it is hard to miss anything. It just takes a bit
longer. For that reason I took my backpack and camping gear with me.