Enschede Noord -
Enschede Zuid -
Leeuwarden -
Hellendoorn -
Goor - Neede -
Zoutkamp -
Maastricht -
Winterswijk -
Winterswijk -
Bocholt - Borken
Quakenbrück -
BW Rheine
Rheine -
Burgsteinfurt -
Hochneukirch -
Jülich -
Franeker - Arum
Einde Dokkumer
BW Oebisfelde
Oebisfelde -
Salzwedel -
Badel -
Grootse Plannen

Badel - Hohenwulsch

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 shaped platform.

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.
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