metre gauge


The Herkulesbahn was a metre-gauge railway that carried passengers and goods between Kassel and Hohen Habichtswald in Nordhessen, Germany, from 1902 to 1966. This photograph from 1962 shows a train at the Brasselsberg terminus. The railway was named after- and offered passengers easy access to- the Herkules monument in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. The gardens of the Bergpark, which are still hugely popular with locals and tourists, were described by art historian Georg Dehio (1850-1932) as follows: “vielleicht das Grandioseste, was irgendwo der Barock in Verbindung von Architektur und Landschaft gewagt hat”.