Aabenraa Amts Jernbaner - Aabenraa Amts Jernbaner

Løgumkloster – Aabenraa – Gråsten
Line network of the Apenrader Kreisbahn
Line network of the Apenrader Kreisbahn
Route length: 86 km
Gauge : 1000 mm (Meterspur)
Maximum slope : 20
Minimum radius : 150 m
Top speed: 30 km / h
Operating points and routes [1]
54,3 Løgumkloster dt. Lügumkloster Kleinbahnhof
53,6 Løgumkloster Holmplads dt. Lügumkloster Holmplatz
49,7 Asset dt. Assith
48,5 Alslev Kro dt. Alslebenkrug
46,1 Gravlund dt. Graulund
43,6 Øster Terp dt. Osterterp
Branderup – Osterterp railway line to the north security position [2]
41,3 Bedsted dt. Bedstedt
39,2 Sivkro German Sieverkrug
36,6 Klovtoft dt. Klautoft
35,1 Hellevad Mill dt. Hellewatt Mühle
33,8 Hellevad dt. Hellewatt
32,5 Lønholm dt. Lönholm
31,2 Egvad dt. Ekwatt
29,3 Nørre Hostrup dt. Norder-Hostrup
23,9 Rugbjerg dt. Rauberg
22,0 Hovslund German Haberslund Kleinbahnhof
Fredericia – Flensburg railway line
Military railway to the north security position in the direction of Hoptrup
19,2 Øster Løgum dt. Osterlügum
16,7 Østermark dt. Osterfeld
14,3 Genner dt. Genner
13,6 Knivsbjerg dt. Knivsberg
11,1 Nørby dt. Nørby
9,3 Løjtkirkeby dt. Loitkirkeby
7,6 Barsmark dt. Barsmark
5,5 Skovby dt. Schauby
4,6 Stollig dt. Proud
3,6 Knappen German Knapp (North Schleswig)
State train station – port
0,5 Aabenraa Nørreport dt. Apenrade Nordertor
from the state train station, from here four-rail track
Aabenraa dt. Apenrade Kleinbahnhof
to the port, four-rail track
from the port
0,7 Aabenraa Sønderport dt. Apenrade Südertor
up to here four-rail track
3,4 Styrtom dt. Störtum
5,3 Stubbæk dt. Stübbek
7,6 Sønder Hostrup dt. Süder-Hostrup
9,9 Nørballe German Nordballig (North Schleswig)
11,0 Felsted dt. Feldstedt
12,8 Tumbøl dt. Rampage
13,7 Slyngsten dt. The sling
14,7 Bøgholm dt. Bögholm
16,4 Skovbølgård dt. Schobüllgaard
18,5 Varnæs dt. Warnitz
20,7 Bovrup dt. Baurup
23,6 Kiding dt. Kissing
25,9 Grøngrøft dt. Grüngrift
27,0 Fiskbækskov German Fischbekholz
28,4 Fiskbæk dt. Fischbek
31,5 Gråsten dt. Gravenstein Kleinbahnhof

The Aabenraa Amts Jernbaner ( German Apenrader Kreis-Kleinbahn - AaAJ ) was owned by the Danish district Aabenraa Amt . The railway lines were built and operated under the name of Kleinbahnen of the Aabenraa district in the north of the province of Schleswig-Holstein when southern Jutland belonged to Prussia . Its two interconnected routes were meter-gauge railways with a total length of 86 kilometers.


Location of the train stations in Aabenraa
Klovtoft (German: Klautoft) small train station
Alslev Kro (German: Alslebenkrug) small train station

Based on the model of the southern neighboring district of Flensburg , which in 1885 opened the Reich's first railway line in the district administration (Kreisbahn), the Aabenraa district set up a railway line to make the district area better accessible to traffic.

Aabenraa – Gravenstein railway line

On February 13, 1899, the narrow-gauge railway was opened from the district town of Aabenraa , where the district station was not far from the state railway station, to Gravenstein (32 km). This place only got a connection to the state railway (from Sonderburg to Flensburg and Tingleff ) in 1901 . In order to avoid too many expensive engineering structures and to connect as many places as possible, the railway was laid out with extremely curvy curves. As a result, long travel times were inevitable. The railway soon acquired the name “Æ Kringelbåhn”.

Aabenraa – Lügumkloster railway line

The 54 km long northern route to Lügumkloster , opened on May 8, 1901, was extremely winding. They tried to connect as many places as possible to this one line. It led from Aabenraa to the “Nordertor” stop, which was even closer to the state train station than the Kleinbahnhof, first over the hilly landscape of the Loit peninsula , past the Knivsberg , crossed the main Hamburg – Fredericia line in Haberslund near Osterlügum and swung further to the southwest in a relatively straight east-west direction to Lügumkloster. Here the Holmplatz stop was at the eastern end of the village, while the end point was north of the train station of the short oneBranch line of the state railway was remote in the south of the spot.

Lock position north

During the construction of the northern security position, several branch lines were laid from the northern route to the fortification wall. Only during this time was there a connection to the Hadersleben circular railway via these routes, including the Branderup – Osterterp railway line , which was no longer used after construction was discontinued.


In Lügumkloster, Haberslund and Gravenstein there were opportunities to change to the full-gauge state railway, as the small stations were in the immediate vicinity of the state stations. In Aabenraa, the Nordertor stop was closer to the state train station than the small train station.

In 1911 six pairs of trains ran daily to Gravenstein, four on the northern route, plus one pair of trains from Aabenraa to Haberslund. 296,778 people and 52,688 t of goods were transported.

Eleven two-axle tram locomotives were used , as well as 23 passenger cars, four post / baggage cars and 70 freight cars, and additional freight cars were procured for the fortress construction. Only a few vehicles could be sold to Haderslev Amts Jernbaner after the closure , most of them were scrapped.

Danish time

These routes, some of which were extremely uneconomical, did not allow the Apenrader Kreisbahn a long service life after a few successful years before the First World War , as soon as the competition from the road became stronger. Another problem was that there were no civil connections to the Haderslebener Kreisbahn and other neighboring routes. After renovations in the First World War were not carried out, the administration of the Aabenraa office, which had become the legal successor to the district after the transfer to Denmark , decided to close the two lines, which took place in 1926.

Replacement route after the shutdown

Replacement was only created on the western section from Lügumkloster to Hellewatt . There, the Danish State Railways built a standard-gauge railway on the old route . This was built as an extension of the old branch line from Bredebro ( Marschenbahn ) to Lügumkloster and took the direct route east of Hellewatt to Rothenkrug on the main line Hamburg – Fredericia , where the trains could continue to Aabenraa. This, including the old Bredebro-Lügumkloster route, was given up again in 1936 and has the sad fame of being the shortest-lived railway in Denmark's history.

Preserved structures

Most of the station buildings have been preserved, some of which can still be recognized as such. In the vicinity of the station Knapp in the parish of Loit northeast of Aabenraa, a viaduct over the country road has been very well preserved. In this area, the embankment still exists as a cycling and hiking trail. Parts of the railway embankment west of the road to Flensburg can also be seen well south of the city.


  • Birger Wilcke: Æ Kringelbahn. 1982, (DJK 44), ISBN 87-87050-23-4
  • LH Hansen: Aabenraa Amts Jernbaner 1899–1926. 1982, ISBN 87-981352-0-1
  • Gerd Wolff: German small and private railways . Schleswig Holstein 2 (western part). tape 13 . EK-Verlag, Freiburg im Breisgau 2012, ISBN 978-3-88255-672-8 , p. 347–349.


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Individual evidence

  1. Stationsnamen nach: NAMES OF PARISHES, MUNICIPALITIES AND TRAFFIC PLACES IN NORTH AND MELLEMSLESVIG. (Nicht mehr online verfügbar.) April 23, 1919, archiviert vom Original am on Jan. 19, 2017 ; Retrieved August 21, 2018 (Danish).
  2. Connecting railways security position north. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016 ; accessed on August 21, 2018 .