Augustusburg Cable Railway

The Augustusburg Cable Railway[1] (German: Drahtseilbahn Augustusburg) is a funicular railway in Saxony, Germany. It connects the station of Erdmannsdorf-Augustusburg, in the village of Erdmannsdorf and on the Annaberg-Buchholz–Flöha railway, with the town of Augustusburg on the hill above.[2][3]

Reverse of ticket

The need for a line to connect Augustusburg with its railway station was identified in the 19th century, with the growth of local tourism, but negotiation for granting a franchise took some years. The franchise was finally granted in 1910, and the line was opened in 1911. The line has been overhauled and restored several times, including 1971-73, 1996 and 2005-2006. New cars were provided in 1996. The stations have been kept in their historical condition, and are on the list of national monuments.[2][4]

The line has the following technical parameters:[2][5]

  • Length: 1,239 metres (4,065 ft)
  • Height: 168 metres (551 ft)
  • Maximum Steepness: 20%
  • Cars: 2
  • Capacity: 77 passengers per car
  • Configuration: Single track with passing loop
  • Maximum speed: 3 metres per second (9.8 ft/s)
  • Track gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
  • Journey time: 8 minutes
  • Traction: Electricity

The line is operated by Deutsche Bahn's subsidiary Erzgebirgsbahn, who also operate the nearby Annaberg-Buchholz–Flöha railway.[2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Augustusberg cable-railway at Accessed on 24 Jul 2011
  2. ^ a b c d "The Augustusburg cable-railway of today". Drahtseilbahn Augustusburg. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  3. ^ a b Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2009. p. 71. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  4. ^ "The Augustusburg cable-railway of yesteryear". Drahtseilbahn Augustusburg. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
  5. ^ "Die Drahtseilbahn Erdmannsdorf-Augustusburg". Retrieved 2011-02-20.

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Coordinates: 50°49′08″N 13°05′29″E / 50.819005°N 13.091497°E / 50.819005; 13.091497