Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bahnhof Uslar in the morning

Uslar station is located on a secondary rail line between Northeim and Ottbergen, known as the "Sollingbahn", since it traverses the mountainous area of the Solling in southern Lower Saxony.

Like so many stations all over Germany, the station building in Uslar is no longer used to support railroad operations, and the tracks have been "optimized" for years. Pretty much everything railroad related that used to be here has been ripped out over the last 50 years. At least so far there is still a passing track in place.

The rail line touches the town of Uslar only tangentially. A long time ago there was a branch from here to a station closer to the town center ("Stadtbahnhof") and on to Schoenhagen, which fell into disuse for passenger service in the late 1950's and freight service in the early 1970's. Ever since there was bus service from the station on the outskirts of town. Today, passenger trains run only every 2 hours or so in each direction, so most of the time, the area in front of the station looks like this.

I guess it's only a matter of time until even this service will disappear.

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