The Ruhr Valley Railway is a partially historic railway line from Düsseldorf-Rath via Essen-Kupferdreh, Bochum-Dahlhausen, Hattingen, Hattingen-Welper, Hattingen-Blankenstein, Witten-Herbede, Hagen-Vorhalle and Schwerte to Warburg. It was built between 1870 and 1876 by the Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft, one of the three large private railway companies in the Ruhr area at that time. The route is an example of the fact that river valleys were particularly well suited for the construction of railway lines at the time because of their generally even gradients.
The Ruhr Valley Railway was primarily used for coal removal to the Ruhrort harbor bypassing the Heißener Berg. Connecting railways ensured a high volume of traffic during the heyday of coal mining on the Ruhr and due to the steel production at the Henrichshütte in Hattingen.
In addition to the Ruhr Valley Railway, which in its westernmost section does not run along the Ruhr from Kettwig to Düsseldorf, there was also the Lower Ruhr Valley Railway from Kettwig along the Ruhr to Styrum, which was closed down until 1978 and then dismantled. The Hespertalbahn is not part of the Ruhr Valley Railway, although it runs largely parallel to the river, here on the southern shore of Lake Baldeney, from the old copper turning station to the Scheppen house.
December 20, 2019
The former railway bridge now offers pedestrians and cyclists the opportunity to cross the Ruhr between Essen - Kupferdreh and Heisingen.
In this area the Ruhr makes a bend of almost 180 °.
The next possibility is downstream at the Werden lock, upstream only on the busy road between Überruhr and Rellinghausen.
April 25, 2021
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