History

 

Originally built as a public toilet by the city’s master builder Genzmer, the building was given to the charity “Freunde & Förderer der Nerobergbahn” [Friends & Supporters of the Nerobergbahn] by the City of Wiesbaden in 1999. Following full internal and external renovation over a period of two years, it was officially opened as a small but wonderful museum in August 2000. The exhibits were donated or loaned by Nerobergbahn employees and Wiesbaden municipal utilities.

  • They provide insight into the braking system and how the railway works, and also include a scale model of a carriage and two old ticket machines.
  • Glass cases hold old work instructions, tickets, postcards and tools.With new exhibits added all the time, it is always worth a visit. Staff will be happy to answer any questions. Just ask at the Nerobergbahn valley station or at 0611 - 450 22 550

History in figures

1886 Permit application filed by businessman Carl Rudolf from Baden-Baden for a water-powered funicular railway to the popular tourist site Neroberg.
1887 Contract for the construction of the Nerobergbahn signed by Rudolf and the City of Wiesbaden.
1888 The railway is built using the Riggenbach system (gear rack in the centre of the tracks) with a passing loop (three tracks; four tracks at the passing loop in the middle of the route) that uses the Abt system. The two carriages are built by Maschinenfabrik Esslingen.
1888 Opening of the Nerobergbahn on 25 September 1888.
1890 Sale of the funicular railway to Bachsteinische Consortium.
1895 Transfer to Süddeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft (SEG).
1923 End of operations due to economic reasons.
1925 Takeover of the Nerobergbahn by the City of Wiesbaden.
1942 Integration of the funicular railway into Wiesbaden municipal utilities.
1944 Shutdown due to war damage.
1946 Reopening and seizure by the US military authorities.
1948 The railway is reopened to the public.
1963 Maschinenfabrik Esslingen is commissioned with restoring the carriage tanks. The structure is also overhauled by Auwärter. The two carriages of the Nerobergbahn leave Wiesbaden in November 1962 for a general overhaul, returning to their home in March 1963 — the year of the railway’s 75th anniversary.
1972 General overhaul of the tracks.
1974 The carriages are given a new coat of paint.
1988 The Nerobergbahn celebrates its 100th anniversary and is recognised as a protected technical monument by the State of Hesse.
1991 General overhaul of the viaduct.
1993 Renewal of the water pump.
1995 A new cable is laid, replacing the locked coil cable with a stranded cable.
1998 110 years of the Nerobergbahn; the two stations and both carriages are given a new coat of paint.
2000 Opening of the railway museum at the valley station.
2005 The route is completely restored, with sleepers and tracks renewed.
2010 The two carriages are restored with replicas of the original interiors and painted in the original blue and daffodil yellow on the outside.
2013 125 years of the Nerobergbahn is celebrated with a programme of anniversary events. Record number of passengers for the year: 306,217.
2016 General renovation of both carriages.
2018 Big festival for the railway’s 130th anniversary: Families and children celebrate the occasion on the Neroberg.

 

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