Modelable European Intermodal Facilities #3 (Kreuztal)

I thought I’d do a quick post about the Südwestfalen container-terminal in the town of Kreuztal, Germany. The facility is served by the KSW Kreisbahn Siegen-Wittgenstein Gmbh railway and as there aren’t any Creative Commons licensed images of the facility here’s a shot of a KSW freight train.

277 807-4 (KSW 46) of the Kreisbahn Siegen-Wittgenstein passing through Dillbrecht (April 2015) by Johannes Martin Conrad – Own work, CC BY 3.0, View Image

Now I say quick post because a bit of research revealed the site as I initially saw it in Google satellite image no longer exists, so it’s a race against time to try and grab the old satellite imagery before it’s updated.

Luckily the facility itself is not gone but it’s boundaries have been expanded and unfortunately the terminals old gantry crane has been removed so it’s no longer quite as compact or interesting as it once was.

However there are quite a few older photographs of the facility still around on the Internet so let’s take a look at the Südwestfalen container-terminal before the recent renovation work…

First, things first, Kreutzal is a town in the North Rhine-Westphalia state of western Germany. According to Wikipedia, Kreuztal is home to: “…South Westphalia’s only marshalling yard,…”

The area seems to be something of a goldmine for interesting railway infrstructure; here’s a picture of Kreuztal’s attractive station building and cultural centre:

Kulturbahnhof 57223 Kreuztal, Deutschland by Eigene Aufnahme – Own work,
Public Domain Image, View Image

There’s also working semaphore signals and an interesting gantry signal box too. You can find out more about the station and nearby railway infrastructure on the www.siegerlandbahn.de website and the website of the Kreuztal bahnhof cultural group.

The Südwestfalen container-terminal is located just to the south of Kreuztal station.

The red area shows the boundaries of the old facility and a combination of the red and blue areas show the footprint of the renovated and expanded facility.

Here’s a screenshot of an older satellite image of the site:

And below is satellite imagery of the facility today, interestingly at the time of posting, if you zoom in, Google Maps reverts still back to the older satellite imagery but this could change at any time hence the screenshot above:

Modelling The Terminal As It Was

The older facility easily fits into one of the 105cm x 40cm modules I’ve desgined (shown by the red box on image below)and you can capture much of the facility on a double T-Trak module (the green box on image below).

One of my favourite features of the old facility is the crane; it would make an interesting scratch-building project and an impressive feature building:

You can find more images of the crane by following these links:

Although it appears the site has primarily been used as an intermodal facility, I’ve also found some photographs that show the site has been used to load wood products:

Other than the crane there is a small concrete/tarmac hard standing and the equipment usually found in an intermodal facility including huts, some trucks/trailers, containers/swap-bodies and a reach-stacker. All perfect additions to set the scene on a small module.

Modelling The Site As It Is Now

Although the site has expanded and the crane is gone the facility is still very modelable as the expanded site looks like it’s still using the same track plan only with more storage space for containers.

As the only facility of it’s type in this part of Germany the KSW intermodal yard is set to become a very important intermodal hub. As such there are plans for it to operate it 24/7 but being near residential areas this has necessitated the installation of a tall sound wall which is visible in this image on the site on the Südwestfalen container-terminal website. This Flickr image by Werner Schnell shows how the sound wall could make a perfect backdrop.

Rolling Stock

I’ve got to be honest I’m not a stickler for operational accuracy when it comes to locomotives/rolling stock and the facility is generic enough that the facility could be relocated anywhere in Europe and be serviced by locomotives in the liveries of any of the past/current European private operators.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like there have been any ready-to-run locomotives produced in KSW livery in N scale so an accurate representation of the site might involve repainting an N scale G1000 locomotive; which Lemke have produced in a variety of liveries in the past.

Until 1996 the facility was operated by DB Cargo so I’d say you can pretty much take your pick from any of the N scale diesel locomotives produced in DB red livery that operated at that time.

That’s about it for now but I’m sure I’ll re-visit the Kreuztal area in another post at some point as I wouldn’t mind having a go at scratch-building Kreuztal signal box…

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