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Brohl station combines two very different traffic situations:
On one hand, the station is a regular stop of left Rhine valley line between Koblenz and Bonn, with ICEs and ICs rushing through, serving passengers from the village of Brohl-Lützing, with the usual 1435 mm gauge.
On the other, there is a steep (up to 5.0 percent) narrow gauge railway (1000 mm) from Brohl Rhine port into the Eifel hills, opened in 1901, ending at Kempenich until 1974, ending at Engeln since. The line does not serve as a regular commuter line for passenger traffic anymore, but is a touristic railway with occasional traffic even with steam locomotives between spring and fall.

The line still serves for the transportation of phonolithe, a mineral essential in glass production, from the quarry at Brenk down to Rhine valley. Pouring the phonolithe directly from rail waggons into Rhine ships has been banned by a law court due to dust pollution, so the mineral is transported in containers which will be reloaded on trucks down at Brohl.

The former line from Brohl passenger station to Brohl Rhine port was given double gauge tracks, and this is the turnout behind which double use ends (published in colour and with emphasis on trains recently).

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Additional Photos by Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 1 N: 1061] (4985)
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