PASSENGER trains are set to return to the 39km Ablach Valley railway in Baden-Württemberg in July. The railway is also known as the Beaver Line due to beavers living alongside the route between Stockach and Mengen.

Three trains per day will initially operate assuming that repairs to infrastructure are completed in time.

The line, which offers freight facilities at several locations on the route, has been owned and managed by the local authority in Messkirch since October 2020 after closing in 2017.

The line once formed part of a main line connection between Ulm and Switzerland between Mengen and Radolfzell but lost passenger trains in stages between the 1950s and 1982. The southernmost 17km section from Radolfzell to Stockach reopened to passenger trains in 1996.