Dortmund Stadtbahn

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Dortmund Stadtbahn
Locale Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Transit type Flexity Classic, B80, N8
Number of lines 8[1]
Number of stations 125 (including 24 underground stations)[2]
Website Dortmund Stadtbahnbauamt
Began operation 1984
Operator(s) DSW21 (Dortmunder Stadtwerke)
System length 75.0 km (46.6 mi)[3]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
standard gauge
System map
Dortmund Stadbahn network map

The Stadtbahn Dortmund is a light rail system in the German city of Dortmund and is integrated in the Rhine-Ruhr Stadtbahn network. Its network consists of eight lines[1] which pass the city centre in underground tunnels and belongs to the VRR transport union. Opened 1984, it consecutively replaced the tram lines that were operating on the surface. The Dortmund Stadtbahn operates on 75.0 kilometres (46.6 mi) of route (of which 20.5 kilometres (12.7 mi) are underground in tunnels, with the other 54.5 kilometres (33.9 mi) being above-ground in dedicated rights-of-way),[3] serving 125 stations (24 of which underground).[2]


The railway network is separated into three 'cardinal tracks' (Stammstrecken): The Stammstrecke I, which is home to the U41, U45, U47 and U49 lines, connects stations on a north-south-axis between the Leopoldstraße and Markgrafenstraße stations (including the main station). Lines U42 and U46 operate on the Stammstrecke II between Brunnenstraße and Stadtgarten and offer connections from the south-west to the north-east of Dortmund. These lines utilize Stadtbahnwagen-B cars and have high level platforms at most stops.

In 2008, the lines on the Stammstrecke III (U43 and U44) finally switched to the Stadtbahn system, a newly built tunnel replacing the tram tracks of the former lines 403 and 404 between Unionstraße and Ostentor. Unlike the previous stadtbahn routes, these lines use narrow profile trams that load at low level platforms. This was done as an economy measure to avoid having to relay the surface tracks to accommodate the wider Stadtbahnwagen-B cars.

The following table lists the eight lines of the Dortmund Stadtbahn:[1]

Line Route Stations
(underground stations)
U41 DO-Hörde Clarenberg – Hörde Bf – Märkische Str. – Stadthaus – Stadtgarten – Dortmund Hbf – Fredenbaum – Grävingholz – Brechten Zentrum – Brambauer Verkehrshof 28
U42 DO-Hombruch Grotenbachstraße – Barop Parkhaus – Theodor-Fliedner-Heim – Möllerbrücke – Städtische Kliniken – Stadtgarten – Schulte Rödding – Kirchderne – Scharnhorst Zentrum – Grevel 28
U43 DO-Dorstfeld – Westentor – Kampstraße – Brackel – Asseln Aplerbecker Straße – Am Hagedorn –Wickede Post/DO-Wickede S 34
U44 DO-Marten – Dorstfeld – Westentor – Kampstraße – Westfalenhütte 19
U45 Dortmund Westfalenhallen – Markgrafenstr. – Stadthaus – Stadtgarten
Dortmund Hbf ( - Hafen)
U46 Dortmund Westfalenhallen – Saarlandstraße – Stadtgarten – Brunnenstraße 7
U47 DO-Westerfilde – Huckarde – Hafen – Dortmund Hbf – Stadtgarten – Stadthaus – Märkische Str. – Westfalendamm – Aplerbeck 27
U49 DO-Hacheney –Rombergpark – Westfalenpark – Markgrafenstraße – Stadthaus – Stadtgarten – Kampstraße – Dortmund Hauptbahnhof – (Hafen) 11

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Stadtbahnbauamt - Stadtbahn - Liniennetz" [Office for rapid-transit railway - Stadtbahn - Network] (in German). Stadt Dortmund, Dortmund-Agentur. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Stadtbahnbauamt - Fahrzeuge und Haltestellen" [Office for rapid-transit railway - Vehicles and Stops] (in German). Stadt Dortmund, Dortmund-Agentur. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Stadtbahnbauamt - Betriebsstrecken" [Office for rapid-transit railway - Operational route] (in German). Stadt Dortmund, Dortmund-Agentur. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 

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