Euskirchen station

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Euskirchen
Operations
Category 4
Type Junction station
Platforms in use 6 (7)
Daily trains ca. 180
Daily entry/exit 16,000
DS100 code HHML
Construction and location
Opened 1864
Location Euskirchen
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
50°39′28″N 6°47′28″E / 50.65778°N 6.79111°E / 50.65778; 6.79111Coordinates: 50°39′28″N 6°47′28″E / 50.65778°N 6.79111°E / 50.65778; 6.79111
Route information
List of railway stations in North Rhine-Westphalia

Euskirchen station is an important transport hub with heavy commuter traffic in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is it situated on Cologne–Trier, Bonn–Euskirchen, Euskirchen–Bad Münstereifel and the Euskirchen–Düren lines. The station is located on Alleestraße (street) on the Pützberg (hill) and is the largest station in the district.

History

The first Euskirchen station was built in 1846 in a neoclassical style, far outside the then city centre on the Pützberg. The station was considered to be a "business card" for the city and was the starting point for any parades and pageants through the city. The forecourt was planned as a park and construction began on a green space around a central war memorial, which was completed on 24 May 1903. Thus lawns, hedges and trees were created in front of the station building. As traffic has increased dramatically, the plaza has been redesigned several times. The entire rail infrastructure continued to grow steadily and at that time housed a water tower, a freight shed, an engine shed, a turntable and five signal boxes. In May 1928 the war memorial was moved to Hindenburgplatz. In the 1930s, the trees and lawns slowly disappeared. At the end of 1944 the entire site, including the station building, was destroyed permanently during violent and systematic bombing by the Allies.[1]

Lines were opened as follows:[2]

  • 2 October 1864: Euskirchen–Düren
  • 1871: Euskirchen–Trier
  • 1 October 1875: Euskirchen–Cologne
  • 7 June 1880: Euskirchen–Bonn
  • 1 October 1890: Euskirchen–Bad Münstereifel

After 1945

On 1 August 1945, traffic was restored on a temporarily repaired line from Aachen to Düren, Euskirchen and Bonn.[3] In 1956 a new station building was built on the site. Deutsche Bundesbahn built it in a functional style, as was customary in the postwar period. The Euskirchen painter and graphic designer Konrad Schaefer designed the facade windows. The plaza was redesigned. Thus the remaining trees were removed and the former character of the park was gone for good. The former gardens were replaced in 1956 by a paved surface with islands for bus stops.[4]

Since 1970

Station at night

Euskirchen station is a major railway junction, and its lines have had to cope with a high volume of commuter traffic with heavy overcrowding of trains. In order to handle traffic a new central railway station signal box was built for the equivalent of about € 2.9 million. This was put into operation on 12 December 1973, after three years of planning and construction. Since the 90s, large central bus station, which was built by the city, has been located directly on the station forecourt. This has two fully covered walkways, which are served on both sides and a less protected platform for school buses. There is also an information point for travellers, electronic information displays, and an integrated taxi parking area. The station building houses lockers, vending machines, a ticket office, a bookstore, a bakery and a McDonald's restaurant.

2008 to date

RB 23 Voreifelbahn service

Euskirchen station, apart from its forecourt, has not changed much structurally since the establishment of the new signal box at the station in 1973. The station building and platforms with their subway and canopies are now considered obsolete. Therefore, Deutsche Bahn announced in the spring of 2008 that it would modernise the station as part of a program for station modernisation throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. The station was upgraded and facilities for the disabled expanded. Parts of the western entrance building were demolished and a temporary bridge was erected at the eastern end of the platforms. The old underpass, the stairs up to the platforms and part of the roof were demolished completely and a new 70 m long and 6 m wide pedestrian underpass was built with three lifts and new staircases. The platforms were raised to a height of 76 cm to improve entrances and exits to trains. In addition, the pedestrian underpass and the platforms were equipped with tactile paving. The lighting, speakers, and information system were fundamentally renewed. This € 8.3 million project was completed in mid November 2010.

Platforms

Euskirchener station has 6 (7) platform tracks for passenger services:

  • Track 1 for scheduled stopping trains from Cologne towards Kall, Gerolstein or Trier (rarely used by through freight trains)
  • Track 2 for scheduled stopping train from Trier, Gerolstein or Kall towards Cologne
  • Track 3 for scheduled stopping train from Bad Münstereifel towards Bonn
  • Track 4 for scheduled stopping train from Cologne ending at Euskirchen and trains to and from Düren (Sundays only)
  • Track 5 for scheduled stopping train from Bonn to Bad Münstereifel
  • Track 46
  • Track 47 occasionally for setting up trains to run on the Börde line (Euskirchen–Düren) [5]


Current operations

The following services currently operate on the Eifel line:

  • DB Regio Südwest operates Eifel-Mosel-Express in the form of class 628 diesel multiple units in triple units at speeds of up to 120 km/h. On weekends some double units of class 612 DMUs (with the tilting technology switched off) are used.
  • DB Regio NRW operates the Eifel-Express, the Eifel-Bahn and the Voreifelbahn with class 644 DMUs with one to three vehicles at speeds of up to 120 km/h.[6]

On the Voreifel line, DB Regio NRW operates class 644 DMUs in one or two vehicles at speeds of up to 120 km/h.

From December 2013, DB Regio Rheinland will operate services on the Voreifel line. It is intended that these services will be operated by Alstom Coradia LINT DMUs.[7]

Passenger services

Currently Euskirchen station is served by the following services:

Line Service Route
RE 12 Eifel-Mosel-Express CologneEuskirchenGerolsteinTrier
RE 22 Eifel-Express Cologne – Euskirchen – Gerolstein
RB 23 Voreifelbahn Bonn - Rheinbach - Euskirchen
RB 23 Erfttalbahn Euskirchen - Bad Münstereifel
RB 24 Eifelbahn Cologne – EuskirchenKall
RTB 2 Bördebahn Euskirchen - Zülpich - Vettweiß - Düren (only on Sundays and public holidays)

Notes

  1. ^ Euskirchen im Wandel (in German). 2007. p. 4. 
  2. ^ F. Koch. "110 Jahre Eisenbahn im Raum Euskirchen" (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Hans-Dieter Arntz (20 September 2008). "Die Zerstörung des Voreifeler Eisenbahnnetzes und der erste Aufbau nach Kriegsende (1944 und 1945) – Eine Bestandsaufnahme des Reichsbahn-Betriebsamtes Euskirchen" (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Euskirchen im Wandel (in German). 2007. p. 5. 
  5. ^ "Düren - Euskirchen (Bördebahn)" (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Bahn-Report Heft 2/2011, 21
  7. ^ "DB Regio Rheinland erhält Zuschlag für das Kölner Dieselnetz" (HTML) (Press release) (in German). Deutsche Bahn. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.