This romantic railway track runs through the very heart of
verdant forests - one of the region's best-kept secrets (an open
secret among nature lovers, for whom it is a favourite
The line was dismantled for scrap by the Soviet Army at the end of
World War II, in spring 1946. By autumn it was being rebuilt as a
means to transport Fluorospar, a mineral used in the iron smelting
The Selketal Railway follows the course of the Selke Valley,
which carries the River Selke - a river which is prone to flooding
and now features a number of dams along its course.
The railway line is highly regarded by railway enthusiasts as
well as nature lovers; as well as passing through some of the most
dramatic natural scenery of the middle Harz, it also uses one-off
steam engines. The engines, part of a collection of 17 which were
built (each different) traverse the steepest climbs in the Harz
railway system - with gradients of up to 4% in places.
The line was most recently extended in 2006 to reach
Quedlinburg, a project which involved re-gauging an existing
stretch of track from Gernrode to Quedlinburg.