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Sourbrodt station

Sourbrodt station

Railway heritage at Sourbrodt station

A turntable, signal box, rails and mechanical signals: the former station of Sourbrodt along the Vennbahn treats you to unique historical railway heritage.

At the opening of railway line 48 between Raeren and St-Vith, better known today as the Vennbahn, the hamlet of Sourbrodt was one of the stops. The switches and signals in the station were operated by levers from the two signal boxes. Mechanical signals were transmitted using cables.

Mechanical signals

The switchmen were busy with the regular train traffic and the military transports. If NATO exercises were planned at the Elsenborn army camp, it was all hands on deck to load the military trains at the station.


That is all in the past. In 1989 the station was also closed to freight traffic, and most of the tracks were broken up.

Historic railway carriages

Only with the construction of the Vennbahn, the cycle route over the former railway line, has some life been restored. For instance, the old station building was refurbished, and five carriages and a locomotive were tugged in 2014 with a view to establishing an open-air museum on the Vennbahn, but there is nothing to see yet.


The signal box on the Weywertz side was refurbished. The pit of the turntable to change the direction of steam locomotives was also cleared.

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