Bebra station

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Bebra station
Operations
Category 3
Type Junction station
Platforms in use 10
Construction and location
Opened 28 August 1849
Location Bebra
State Hesse
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
50°58′09″N 9°47′52″E / 50.9692°N 09.7979°E / 50.9692; 09.7979Coordinates: 50°58′09″N 9°47′52″E / 50.9692°N 09.7979°E / 50.9692; 09.7979
Route information
List of railway stations in Hesse

Bebra station is a railway station on the German passenger and freight rail network in the northern Hesse town of Bebra. It is a railway junction as well as an intercity stop on the DortmundBerlinStralsund route. The station was opened in 1846 and quickly became a major transport hub. Bebra then developed into a classic railway town.

History[edit]

Bebra station in 1993

Bebra became part of the German railway network on 29 August 1848, with commissioning of the first section of the Frederick William Northern Railway to Guxhagen. On 25 September, the of the line was extended to Gerstungen. On the same day the Thuringian line to Halle was also extended to Bebra. In 1866 this was followed by the first section of the Frankfurt–Bebra railway to Bad Hersfeld and in 1875 by the line to Göttingen.

The present station building was built in 1869 on an island surrounded by rail tracks.

It experienced a small decline in importance with the opening of the Berlin curve in 1914, connecting between the Frankfurt–Bebra line and the Thuringian line and avoiding the reversal previously required in Bebra.

After World War II traffic in the area Bebra shifted more in north-south direction as traffic heading east was disrupted by the nearby Inner German border. Bebra was, however, a border station for interzone trains to East Germany and transit trains and military trains of the Western powers to West Berlin. In Bebra, West German and East German railways locomotives were exchanged. From the summer 1973 timetable this was done in Gerstungen. The "Berlin curve" was not used while Germany was divided.

The electrification of the railways serving the station started in 1963. In 1990, the Berlin curve was rebuilt and put back into operation.

Bebra is now served by an Intercity line and several regional lines. The marshalling yard is also one of Deutsche Bahn’s 13 cargo centres.

A view from Easter 1972; locomotive roundhouse on right