The 'Sauschwänzlebahn' - Wutach Valley Railway
Information in brief
- from Blumberg to Weizen (near Stühlingen) at the south-eastern edge of the Black Forest
- run as a museum railway
- tortuous routing of the line, in order to keep the gradient low
The Wutach Valley Railway is popularly known as the Sauschwänzlebahn, literally the Pigtail Line, because of the wide-ranging convoluted route. This was necessary to keep the gradient below 1%. The distance of 9.6 km as the crow flies was extended to a track length of more than 25 km by means of curved sections, terminal loops and a loop tunnel.
The line was built between 1887 and 1890 and was in official service until 1976. The section from Blumberg-Zollhaus to Weizen has been a museum railway since 1977 and is a popular place for excursions. The railway museum and the historical gantry-style signal tower at Blumberg-Zollhaus station are well worth seeing.