EJ Sonder 2/2020: Eisenbahn im Taunus

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The story of railways in and around the Taunus mountain range in Hesse, to the north of Frankfurt. The first railway in the area was the 7 km route from Frankfurt-Höchst to Bad Soden, which opened in 1847. This was followed in 1860 by the line from Frankfurt (Main) to the increasingly important spa town of Bad Homburg. The first complete route across the Taunus mountains, from Frankfurt to Limburg, opened only in 1877.

The route of the Aartalbahn, which connects Wiesbaden with Limburg, was extremely demanding, including steep gradients and tight curves to reach the highest station in the mountain range. Today, ICE trains race through the Taunus on a purpose-built high-speed line, which has numerous spectacular engineering structures, at speeds of up to 300 km/h.

The region was also the location of the metre-gauge Nassau railway, opened in 1901. The last section of this once 77 km network was not closed until 1977.

EJ Sonder 2/2020: Eisenbahn im Taunus contains numerous photographs, many of them in color, documenting the varied operations and very different character of the railway lines in the Taunus region. From Prussian T3 steam locomotives to battery railcars from the 1950s, to the latest ICE 4. There are also some rarities from times past, plus several maps and track plans. German text. 88 pages.

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