Harzer Schmalspurbahnen GmbH (HSB), based in Wernigerode (Saxony-Anhalt), is a railway company that operates an approximately 140km long network of mostly steam-powered narrow-gauge lines in the Harz as a railway infrastructure company and as a railway transport company.
Today it is the largest contiguous route network in Europe under steam.
It is meter gauge, in operation all year round and consists of Harzquer, Selketal and Brockenbahn.
The first letters of the routes also give the company the abbreviated name.
Three of the six terminal stations (Nordhausen Nord, Quedlinburg and Wernigerode) have a connection to the regular-gauge network of Deutsche Bahn.
In addition to the Brohltalbahn and the Wangerooger Inselbahn, the HSB are today one of the three last narrow-gauge railways with freight traffic in Germany.
Today, the HSB is mainly used by tourists and day trippers, such as hikers, for passenger transport. The actual regional traffic in the sense of business and school traffic only plays a more important role in the Nordhausen / Ilfeld area and on the Quedlinburg – Gernrode section.(Source; Wikipedia)
December 18, 2020
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