Where is the mountain railway located?
Starting from Rottenbach in the south of Thuringia, close to Bad Blankenburg, the Schwarzatal-railway leaves the Rinne valley and enters the valley of the Schwarza river. Alongside the Schwarza the railway passes Schwarzburg and ends in Katzhütte. In the middle of the route the train stops at Obstfelderschmiede, the valley station of the funicular railway „Oberweissbacher Bergbahn“. Obstfelderschmiede is a part of the village Mellenbach-Glasbach. The funicular connects the Schwarzatal railway with the plateau around Oberweissbach. The summit station of the funicular is Lichtenhain from there on an electrified route continues to Oberweissbach and Cursdorf.
The Oberweissbach mountain railway
The Oberweissbacher Bergbahn, opened in 1923, comprises two sections. The funicular railway section from Obstfelderschmiede to Lichtenhain is 1.4 km long and has a gradient of 25%. The 2.5 km flat section from Lichtenhain to Cursdorf is fully electrified, running at 600V DC.
The Schwarzatal railway
The Schwarzatal railway from Rottenbach to Katzhuette was first opened in 1900 and was fully modernised in 2002. It runs for 25 km and has a maximum gradient of 32%o.