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Wildbad has had a railway line since 1869, when the Enz Valley Railway was built to bring the rich and the powerful up from Pfortzheim to the Wildbad spa.
In the 1990s the German ex-monopolist railway DB wanted to shut this line down, but then it was leased by the regional transport authority AVG, who electrified and modernized the line and made it a part of the Karlsruhe S-Bahn system, starting in December 2002.
Then they extended the line an additional 800 meters from the traditional railway station through the center of town to the Kurpark.
Some of the trains (trams, actually) from Bad Wildbad now go all the way to Karlsruhe, partly on traditional railroad tracks and partly on city tram tracks. And all of them go to Pfortzheim, where you can change to a regional express going to Karlsruhe. (And then to an InterCityExpress going to Frankfurt am Main, for example.)
Second photo: Bad Wildbad from the S6.
Updated Mar 14, 2012
Bad Wildbad is on the end of the Enz valley and at the end of an old train line which has long been closed down. The regional transport networks, however, have taken over the old railway track, renovated it and installed new modern stations, and established an S-Bahn route which is operated by AVG (Albtal Verkehrs-Gesellschaft). This area is part of the rather small VPE network (Verkehrsverbund Pforzheim-Enzkreis); however, they cooperate with the KVV (Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund) and for rides from and to the KVV area KVV tickets are valid. Big advantage if you start your trip from, for example, Karlsruhe.
Trams on the S 6 run at least once per hour, in busier times of the day every 30 minutes. Most commute between Pforzheim and Bad Wildbad, but there are a few trams that continue as S 5 from/to Karlsruhe.
The tracks and stops have been modernized, as I said above. However, the historical train station buildings are still there, and most of them well restored. The Enz valley railway has been built rather early, already in the 19th century, because Wildbad was popular as an upscale health and holiday resort then. The station buildings tell of those times. Bad Wildbad itself has a remarkably pretty one.
Trains ended at Wildbad station then, but the S-Bahn line continues through the whole town along the river bank (nice view of the town - see my video here, in which you'll catch a glimpse of the old station building at the end) with another stop at Uhlandplatz in the town centre, close to the base station of Sommerberg funicular, and the final stop at the entrance to the Kurpark.
Updated May 27, 2011