In the years of the First World War, the Germans built a narrow-gauge (600 mm) railway line, which was originally built from Darbēni (Lithuania) to Dubeni (in Grobiņa parish), in order to ensure the easy transportation of timber from the forests of Bārta and Rucava to Germany. In later years, the line was extended all the way to Liepāja. After the war, the railway line was used to transport passengers to Liepāja. The Bānīš road ceased to exist in the Liepāja-Rucava section in the fall of 1944, and in the Liepāja-Slamste section in 1962.
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