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A possible modelling project for the Deutsche Reichsbahn (DRG) in Epoch II.

Below are a few photos of Kleinengstingen. Pictures came from the WWW and I do NOT claim copyright.

I have edited some of them with ‘paintshop‘ to show where the tracks ran and the ‘lay-of-the-land’.

The above is a plan of the station and tracks in the 1930s. The Deutsche Reichsbahn line from Reutlingen comes in from the top left hand corner.
From the lower left hand side the Hohenzollerische Landesbahn (HzL) line comes from Gammertingen and ends here.
As the HzL arrived in Kleinengstingen after the DRG, the tracks were laid behind the station and the only connection between the two companies was east (right) of the station area.
To the right the DRG line continues on to Münsingen and Schelklingen.
Above is a picture from 1935 taken from the hill behind Kleinengstingen looking north.

The next picture is the same with my scribbles on it. I have tried to show where the different lines came from to meet at Kleinengstingen Bhf.
The picture below is already in BundesBahn times but shows that not much had changed.
One can clearly see that the Station was outside the village and set in a rural scenery. Apart from the WLZ (Württembergische Warenzentrale WLZ Raiffeisen AG) and later other small industrial buildings, it really was out in the country.

The postcard below, made before WWI but in the 20th Century, gives a basic idea of the DRG and HzL lines running into Kleinengstingen.

Kleinengstingen and Grossengstingen lie very close to each other. Nowadays there is no noticable separation. Grossengstingen was tradionally Catholic and Kleinengstingen Protestant. This makes it easy to tell them apart in photos. Grossengstingen church has the barock ‘onion’ steeple whereas Kleinenstingen the more frugal ‘spitz’.

The following series of photos shows the demise of the station in the latter part of the 20th century.

It starts in the 1960s when the line was already falling into ruin. The pictures may, however, give some indication of the positioning of buildings, track, etc. which might be useful when modeling the composition.

The track (and trains) from the DRG came in onto a platform north of the station building. The trains from the HzL came in on the rough road behind the station, to the east. The HzL line came in between the station building and goods depot/WLZ.

The next set of pictures I presume to be from the 1970s after the line from Reutlingen was closed. 

The final set of photographs are from 2015 showing the current situation at Kleinengstingen.

A bit of detail of the points is shown. There are a few "Rückfallweichen", known as “spring switches” which return to their default state once a train has past.

The area is now so built up and the station so run down that it is nothing like it’s hay-days in the 1920s and 30s.


Some more detail from the original 1930s plan showing the positions of the distance markers and signals at the western end of the station platforms.

The plan below is from 1913 Länderbahnzeit

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Semaphore signal position at Western Approach. (Einfahrsignal)

Semaphore signal position at Eastern Approach. (Einfahrsignal)

Kleinengstingen from the HzL side of the station. the photo was taken in 1969.