Teutoburg Forest

The approximately 100 km long Teutoburg Forest Railway (Teutoburger-Wald-Eisenbahn) (TWE) Ibbenbüren – Lengerich – Gütersloh – Hövelhof was gradually opened between 1900 and 1903 for transporting passengers and freight.

Licensed as a light railway, it has always been a “corporate railway” with private railway construction and operating companies owning a majority of its shares over the years. Rail passenger transport was finally suspended in 1978. Freight traffic initially remained very lively, including some with interregional character. After several changes of ownership, TWE acquired the French national railway (SNCF) at the end of 2009, which soon challenged the continuation of the northern part of the Versmold – Lengerich – Ibbenbüren / Port Ibbenbüren – Dörenthe line. After a railway enbankment became damaged from heavy rain, non-stop operations were discontinued in the summer of 2010 and the closure of the line north of Versmold was envisaged. On 2 December 2015, Lappwaldbahn Service GmbH was able to acquire

the affected section after an action group (AB proTWE) was established for preserving the route, allowing the route’s impending decommissioning to be postponed.

1 September 2016 was the start of an extensive refurbishment of the approximately 50 km long line, which will make the route fit to handle heavy freight traffic (Route Class D 4/operating regulations FV-NE) in the coming years. The route can be tied in with the long tradition of excursion traffic after continuous restoration of the very beautiful scenic light railway, which is approved for a top speed of 50 km/h. In the coming years, the port of Ibbenbüren-Dörenthe on the Dortmund-Ems Canal, which is connected to Brochterbeck railway station via a stub line, will be of particular importance.

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Lappwald Service GmbH (LWS) operates two light railways on the border between Niedersachsen and Sachsen-Anahlt (company regulations FV-NE), which connect with each other at Weferlingen Station (Bahnhof Weferlingen).

Opened in 1907, the section of the Weferlingen railway, (former Emden stop) 9.9 rail kilometres on the route to Haldenleben, lost rail passengers in 1999 and was threatened with a total shut down due to bad track conditions. In 2000, the Lappwaldbahn took over the route section on a lease basis. The partially very poor route conditions required extensive construction measures in the following years to strengthen the infrastructure for the heavy freight traffic (Route Class D 4). In the meantime, the light railway, approved for a top speed of 50 km/h, remains in good condition.

In 2006, the Lappwaldbahn also took over the Weferlingen – Helmstedt line on a lease basis. Opened in 1895, this section was once part of a light railway from Helmstedt to Oebisfelde, which was permanently disconnected east of Grasleben as a result of the division of Germany in 1945. To connect the Salzbergwerk in Grasleben, the part remaining in the West and belonging to the network of the German Federal Railways (Deutsche Bundesbahn) remained in operation for freight traffic, while light rail transport was suspended for passengers in 1959. In 1995, the Grasleben – Weferlingen section, which was cut off by the border, was put back into service, whereas operations in Helmstedt were eventually stopped due to building damages. After the railway facilities were left to their fate for many years and suffered decay, the Lappwaldbahn reinforced the route for heavy loads (Route Class D 4). On May 17, 2009, the light railway, which has now been approved for a top speed of 40 km/h, was put into operation again after a successful makeover.

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The Flechtingen Hills is the northernmost German mining area for volcanic rocks which are predominantly processed into gravel and grit. The largest discovery in the region is the Dönstedt /Eiche Mine, which is located at Bebertal and operated by

Norddeutsche Naturstein GmbH (NNG). It has been a subsidiary of the Basalt-Aktien-Gesellschaft since 2005, which has several distribution companies throughout Germany with a dense network of regional mines, asphalt mixing plants and landfill sites.

The uncertain prospect of the railway connection, in existence since 1928, prompted the company to take over the sections of the Haldensleben line, 9.9 km of track (former Emden stop) as well as Süplingen – Dönstedt-Steinwerke junction (2.4 rail km) in 2000, which were leased by Deutsche Bahn long term, after the previous suspension of the rail passenger transport between Haldensleben and Weferlingen. For this purpose, the subsidiary Norddeutsche Naturstein-Rail (NNRail) was founded, which was commissioned by the Lappwaldbahn on September 23, 2001.

The railway line, which has started on the recreated “Florastraße” junction since the construction of the Mittelland Canal Bridge north of Haldensleben, is a public railway infrastructure approved for the D 4 Rail Class. It is operated according to the FV-NE operating regulations. The border to the NNG industrial spur is located 2.4 kilometres at the former Dönstedt-Steinwerke stop. Here all train journeys will come to an end at stop sign (Signal Ne 5).

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Industrial Spur

In the area of the former Oebisfelde freight station, five tracks owned by LWS are available as a storage siding.

They are located south of the Hanover – Stendal – Berlin line in the area of the former Oebisfelde freight station and can be reached via a turnout track. All switches are operated locally. There are 5 sidings total. The usable length is 20,267 m for track 20, 23,23 m for track 27,230 m for track 60,217 m and 61,140 m for track.
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Industrial Spur
Sugar Plant

The LWI workshop, completed at the end of 2015, was built at the Weferlingen Station (Bahnhof Weferlingen) sugar factory, the former operational centre of the former local Gardelegen – Neuhaldensleben – Weferlingen railway. After the move to Weferlingen,

the former workshop in Oebisfelde was abandoned. After the Weferlingen sugar factory was closed down at the end of 1991, the track systems of the station soon fell into disrepair so that only the non-stop track could be used. Consequently, the demolition of the old two-storey locomotive shed and the construction of a workshop hall with three supply tracks also resulted in a complete upgrade of the existing railway tracks, which can now be used as a storage siding. The industrial spur of the workshop is connected to Switch 3 of the Weferlingen Station (Bahnhof Weferlingen) sugar factory.
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Industrial Spur
Quartz sand plant

Quartz sand has been produced in Weferlingen since 1925. After processing, a total of 20 different products are produced, which were formerly transported by rail. Soon after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, rail transport lost its importance and was finally suspended. It was only after a long planning period that the connection could be reactivated in the spring of 2014, after the LWS had fundamentally upgraded or re-built around 900 m of track on the site of the quartz plant.

The industrial spur is connected via Switch 20 to Weferlingen Station (Bahnhof Weferlingen). There is a three-tracked spur between the end of the industrial spur and the factory site with twice usable lengths of 440 m and once usable lengths of 520 m. There are two tracks for the loading area in the factory.

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Service Facility
Port Dörenthe

The port facility was built in 1904 with the construction of the Dortmund-Emskanal. The choice of the site south of the Teutoburg Forest (Teutoburger Wald) was closely related to the plans of the Teutoburg Forest Railway (TWE) at the time. The plan was

originally a connection with a canal crossing near the port and not the connection built later in Ibbenbüren to the national railway. Still, it was possible to connect the port to the TWE in Brochterbeck via a stub line.

The port of Ibbenbüren-Dorenthe (formerly the port of Saerbeck) had great importance for the handling of coal, ore, fertilizers, lime and cement until the 1960s. However, the construction of a new port on the Mittelland Canal in Ibbenbüren-Uffeln resulted in the transshipment of Ibbenbüren coal in 1962, after the transshipment of ore had already come to a standstill for the Georgsmarienhütte. However, all other types of freight in railway/barge transshipments were also lost in the following years, especially as the port did not have efficient transshipment technology, nor did the rail connection meet the increased requirements. Only the transshipment of Elbekies (railway / truck) remained on a scale of 50-60,000 tpa.

For years, the port has been operated by the company Albert Bergschneider GmbH from Ibbenbüren. After upgrading railway connections and equipment with modern transshipment technology, Ibbenbüren-Dörenthe will become a trimodal location for the transshipment of bulk cargo beginning in 2018. A great advantage of the port is its proximity to the A1/A30 highways, but ever greater is its favourable location in the railway network with efficient connections in all directions.

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Storage sidings

Lappwaldbahn Service-GmbH has its own track systems for the short and long-term shut-down of railway vehicles at its locations in Oebisfelde, Weferlingen, Walbeck and Haldensleben in Saxony-Anhalt,

Bad Iburg in Lower Saxony and Ibbenbüren in North Rhine-Westphalia. Thanks to track lengths of 140 to 540 m, it is possible to park individual vehicles, car groups and even whole trains. Some of the systems are additionally equipped with electrants. Maintenance of the vehicles parked by LWI employees or by third-party personnel is possible upon prior consultation.
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To ensure train operations on its own infrastructure, LWS has its train line occupied 24 hours seven days a week. Their services can also be used by third parties to operate public infrastructurein train operations

in accordance with FV-NE or to coordinate manoeuvring on industrial spurs. Thanks to modern technology and the use of an electronic train report according to FV-NE, the dispatchers used are not location-bound.
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Industrial spur operations

LWS Lappwaldbahn Service GmbH hires qualified and certified railway operators for the operation of industrial spurs in accordance with BOA, EBOA or specific state laws. All the support and

administration of third-party industrial spurs can thus be outsourced to LWS. The Lappwaldbahn takes full care of the railway operations so that the industrial spur owner can keep track of his actual core business.
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Help wanted

Are you looking for a new challenge or to start your career? Then become a part of the Lappwaldbahn Family! We offer a modern and diverse workplace with an aspiring company with awesome opportunities for advanced education and individual promotion opportunities.

We are currently looking for experienced dispatchers or employees with a basic railway background whom we can train internally as dispatchers and as employees to strengthen our administration at Weferlingen.

We are looking forward to receiving your descriptive resume stating your earliest possible start date and basic salary requirements. Please email your detailed applications to lws@lappwaldbahn.de.


Are you seeking an exciting and secure apprenticeship? Then you are welcome to join us. We offer a sound education and employment guarantee upon passing the exam.

We are looking for office clerks at our location in Weferlingen to fill our positions by September 1, 2017 and look forward to receiving your application. Please email your detailed application documents to lws@lappwaldbahn.de.

Company Description

LWS Lappwaldbahn Service GmbH has been registered in the Commercial Register of the Stendal District Court since October 14, 2009 under the number HRB 9780 and is a limited liability company. The company’s headquarters is located in Weferlingen in the district of Börde in Saxony-Anhalt. In addition there are two other locations registered in Schwülper, Lower Saxony and in Dörenthe, North Rhine-

Westphalia. The company mainly focuses on the operation and maintenance of railway infrastructure and its service facilities, as well as the maintenance and repair of railway vehicles via the LWI. Kai Uwe Ebert was entrusted with managing the company. We hold ISO 9001 certification, as well as CPI and VDV membership.



LWS Lappwaldbahn Service GmbH
Mühlenweg 8
39356 Weferlingen

Kai Ebert

Sitz der Gesellschaft

Amtsgericht Stendal HRB 9780

Eisenbahn-Bundesamt, Heinemannstraße 6, 53175 Bonn

Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer gemäß § 27 a Umsatzsteuergesetz
DE 265 936 106

LWS Lappwaldbahn Service GmbH

Am Bahnhof 4
39356 Weferlingen

[T] +49 (0) 39061-9858-203
[F] +49 (0) 39061-9858-198

24 h Notfallnummer
[T] +49 (0) 162-2199200