Teutoburger Wald Eisenbahn
The TWE (Teutoburger Wald Eisenbahn) is one of Germanys longest private railways, it runs for over a 100KM from Ibbenburen to GŁtersloh, then on to Hovelhof, with short branch lines to the docks on the Dortmund-Ems canal at Hafen Saarbeck, to Harsewinkle West (and the Klaas combine harvester factory!) and to the airfield at GŁtersloh. It connects with the DB mainlines at Ibbenburen, Lengerich (where the main TWE workshops are), GŁtersloh and Hovelhof.
Much of it's traffic originates with the Klaas factory in Harsewinkle and the docks on the Dortmund-Ems Canal, but there are 30 or so other small sidings into factories and other through traffic, and a busy timetable results (I can watch the trains pass from where I sit typing these notes!). The one movement I most notice is the train that leaves GŁtersloh around 21.30 every evening, returning about 2.30 in the morning! They shift something in the region of 400,000 tonnes of freight per year (26 million tonne Km's!)
!2th August 2000
On the 12th August 2000, the TWE celebrated its 100th anniversary with an open day at the GŁtersloh Nord Bahnhof (station), with steam trains, modern diesel multiple units and other rolling stock, as well as music, beer and bratwurst!
I was there with my camera, and I hope to add more photos to this page shortly.
There are plans afoot to reintroduce passenger services between Verl-GŁtersloh- Harsewinkle on the TWE, something to watch out for! There are more details here (in German).
The TWE is now part of the Connex group of companies, who will also operate the Nord West Bahn servives north of Osnabruck from the 5th November 2000, their modern diesel units being maintained at the TWE workshops at Lengerich.
one of the new diesel units.
This page was last updated on 10/03/00 .
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