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Oberstdorf station

Oberstdorf station is the station of the Bavarian market town of Oberstdorf in the German state of Bavaria. It is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 3 station; the station is served by about 40 trains daily operated by Deutsche Regentalbahn. The station is the terminus of the Immenstadt–Oberstdorf railway; the station is located to the north of central Oberstdorf. The station is connected to the town centre by the Hauptstraße, which runs to the south of the station from the station forecourt; the station building is located on the forecourt and has the address of Bahnhofstraße 2. It runs perpendicular to the platforms at the end of the railway tracks. Bahnhofstrasse runs from the station forecourt on the eastern side of the station; the name of Bahnhofstrasse changes to Friedhofstraße near the end of the platforms where some sidings begin. Next to the sidings is Oberstdorf cemetery. To the west of the station on Poststraße there is a bus station. A little further west on Poststraße, is Straße Im Steinach.

Between Straße Im Steinach and the station are an industrial park. To the north Straße Im Steinach crosses. After crossing the railway tracks it runs past the eastern end of Friedhofstraße and becomes the Straße Am Bannholz. On 16 November 1873, the Royal Bavarian State Railways opened the Immenstadt–Sonthofen railway to connect with the Bavarian Allgäu Railway; the Oberstdorf community campaigned for a rail connection. As the Royal Bavarian State Railroad was not interested, the private Lokalbahn AG company applied for a concession to extend the Immenstadt–Sonthofen line to Oberstdorf; the line was opened on 29 July 1888. The station building, built in the company style of Lokalbahn AG, a rolling stock depot for the maintenance of LAG rolling stock on the line were opened at the same time. On 1 August 1938, the station was nationalised along with the Sonthofen–Oberstdorf line. On 23 March 1951, the depot became a branch of Kempten rolling stock depot; the Oberstdorf branch office was closed on 1 January 1964.

The station building was destroyed in the Second World War, so a new station was built in 1963. Since 1976, operations in Oberstdorf station has been controlled by the dispatcher at Oberstdorf signal box, which entered service in 1976, it is a track plan interlocking of Lorenz class 60. The station building built in 1963 was replaced by a newer building in 2001; the station was voted best small town station of the year by Allianz pro Schiene In 2006. This award was based on the new station building and the Oberstdorf transport plan; the station building built in 1963 was replaced in 2001 by a newer, more modern building. It was designed by the architects Rhoda and Wawrowsky; the building cost about eleven million Marks. The building is owned by DB Station & Service; the building contains six shops and a ticket office. The station buildings contains public toilets; the station has five tracks on three platforms. Track 1 is on a side platform. Tracks 2 and 3 are on a central platform and tracks 4 and 5 are on another.

The station building is to the south across the ends of the platforms. Track 2 and 4 are used by Regional-Express services to Augsburg; the Allgäu-Franken-Express in contrast runs from track 1. Track 3 is served by Regional-Express trains to Ulm; the alex service to Munich and Intercity services use tracks 4 and 5. All platforms are fitted with digital train destination indicators. All trains are accessible by wheelchair. There are a travel centre in the station building. Platform 1 is 38 cm high; the central platform between tracks 2 and 3 has a height of 38 cm. The platform between tracks 4 and 5 is 330 metres long. Oberstdorf station is served by around 40 trains daily. A pair of Intercity services called the Nebelhorn operates daily on the Hamburg–Hamburg-Altona–Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe–Würzburg–Augsburg–Oberstdorf route. From Hamburg to Augsburg it is coupled with the Königsee Intercity service, which continues from Augsburg to Berchtesgaden. Another pair of Intercity service called the Allgäu runs once a day on the Oberstdorf–Ulm–Stuttgart–Mannheim–Düsseldorf–Dortmund–Hanover route.

Between Ulm and Oberstdorf the service runs towards Oberstdorf as a Regional-Express service, although in the opposite direction it runs as an Intercity service with higher fares. Both Intercity services are hauled by class 218 locomotives. Oberstdorf station has been served since 9 December 2007 by alex services operated by Regentalbahn between Munich and Lindau and between Munich and Oberstdorf; the alex services are hauled by ER20 locomotives. Their rolling stock is modernised Deutsche Bahn compartment carriages or modernised Silberling carriages. Since 10 December 2006, the Allgäu-Franken-Express has run two or three times a day using class 612 diesel multiple units between Nuremberg and Oberstdorf. Regional-Express services operated with class 612 DMUs complement the Allgäu-Franken-Express between Augsburg and Oberstdorf every two hours. Regional-Express services operated with class 612 DMUs connect Ulm and Oberstdorf via Kempten. During peak hour, every two hours a Regionalbahn service operates from Immenstadt to Oberstdorf, producing, in combination with the RE services, a service every 30 minutes between Immenstadt and Oberstdorf

Harco, Illinois

Harco is an unincorporated community in Saline County, United States. The Harrisburg Colliery Coal Company Mine was sunk in November 1916, in the center of section 27, township 8, range 5, Saline County and the town of Harco soon grew up around it; the name of the town is derived from the first three letters of Harrisburg and the first two letters of Colliery, spelling “Harco.” The Harrisburg Colliery Company was organized by J. H. Kilmer of Chicago, Ed Qualkenbush, D. K. Seten, O. D. Norman, of Harrisburg, Illinois. D. K. Seten was a grocer and O. D. Norman, his brother-in-law, was the husband of Mrs. Hattie Norman and the father of Mrs. Mary Lindsay, of Harrisburg. Harco was founded based on discovery of coal; the first coal was hoisted January 6, 1918. In years, it was known as the Saline County Coal Corporation, as the Peabody Coal Company Mine No. 47. Harco was plotted June 1919, with the plate showing 121 lots 50 by 140 feet, it is listed. 47, west of Harco, Peabody no. 40. There were 11 killed in an explosion August 31, 1921 and 8 killed in an explosion December 28, 1941.

Harco mine was closed April 25, 1951, but the coal washer continued to process coal until 1954. The mine was dismantled. To accommodate its workers, the coal company built four-room houses on the east side of town and the five and six room houses on the south side; the houses were prefabricated Sears Catalog Homes shipped by railroad to the mine and delivered to the building sites by wagon. Some of the families were living in tents and were so anxious to move in that they did so before the doorknobs were placed on the doors; when the Harco mine closed in April 1951, families living in the company houses were given evacuation notices. The houses were offered for sale at $50 a room, several of the houses were moved intact; some of the empty houses burned, rest were torn down, for the land was not sold with the houses. The Harco post office was established in November 21, 1917, Thomas Hoffman was its first postmaster. In years, Lois C. Naugle was postmaster for twenty years, with the post office housed inside Naugle’s general store.

There was a one-room school known as'Vinyard School'. A larger framed two-room school was built and ready in the fall of 1917. Several years it burned down, a large two-story brick five-room school building was built. J. Ogden opened the first store in the village. There was a forty-room hotel to accommodate the miners. Other stores included the Company Store and operated by C. V. Parker; the Gibbon’s Drug Store had a registered pharmacist and a soda fountain, whilst another drug store sold patent medicines and sundries. Dr. M. D. Empson and Dr. R. G. Bond practiced medicine in Harco. Neotere “Butch” LePontre ran the local meat market; the village had a shoe store, a two-chair barbershop. There was a one-room jailhouse. For many years there was a wood-framed Baptist church in Harco; the Old Brushy Cemetery is nearby. The present population of Harco is near 200 but in the 1920s the population was about 1,200, the village, never incorporated, supported two drug stores, three groceries, two general stores, a feed mill.

The Webber interests of the Bank of Galatia operated a bank there until the end of that decade. In May 2007 a group of 60 Amish men and children moved from Wisconsin to Saline County, Illinois where they purchased 800 acres of land to farm near Harco. At the junction of Harco Road and Brown Road they erected a school house, destroyed by a hurricane in 2009. In 2013 the Amish there had one church district. A Pictorial History of Saline County Illinois 1847–1991 Published by Harrisbury Daily Register and Saline County Genealogical Society online autobiography of Gladys Quinn Small Harrisburg Daily Register Internet Archive: Saline County Historical Society presents the Saline County centennial, 1847–1947