Friedberg station

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Friedberg station
Separation station
Fuerstenbahnhof Friedberg Hesse.JPG
Former royal reception building
Location Friedberg, Hesse
Germany
Coordinates 50°19′55″N 8°45′39″E / 50.331916°N 8.760878°E / 50.331916; 8.760878Coordinates: 50°19′55″N 8°45′39″E / 50.331916°N 8.760878°E / 50.331916; 8.760878
Line(s)
Platforms 10
Construction
Architect Krause
Architectural style Neoclassicism / Renaissance Revival
Other information
Station code 1868
DS100 code FFG
Category 3
History
Opened 10 August 1913
Traffic
Passengers about 17,500 [1]

Friedberg station is the station of Friedberg, Germany, on the Main-Weser Railway.

History[edit]

First Station[edit]

Sketch of original station

The first Friedberg station was opened on 10 May 1850 with the opening of the section of the Main-Weser Railway from Frankfurt am Main to Friedberg. On 9 November 1850 the next section to Butzbach was opened. The entire route of the Main-Weser line from Kassel to Frankfurt was opened for traffic 15 May 1852.[2] The station was at the 165.4 kilometre mark (from Kassel) and was designed as a through station. There is currently a parking garage on the site of the old station building.

Additional lines were connected to the Main-Weser Railway in Friedberg. On 15 September 1881, the Friedberg–Hanau railway was fully opened, following the commencement of services to Heldenbergen-Windecken (now Nidderau) station on 1 December 1879. On 1 October 1897 the Friedberg–Mücke Railway opened. On 13 July 1901 the Friedberg–Friedrichsdorf–Bad Homburg line opened; this was part of a line from Bad Nauheim to Wiesbaden, also known as the Bäderbahn (Spa Railway). Friedberg became a hub for passengers and freight.

Second Station[edit]

On 10 August 1913 the second Friedberger station was opened at the 165.9 kilometre mark, about 500 metres further south. On 28 May 1978 the station became the terminal of line S6 of the Rhine-Main S-Bahn.

Railway[edit]

Friedberg station has two platforms next to the main station building and four island platforms, that is ten platform faces. One of the main platforms is a bay platform used only for local trains to and from Friedrichsdorf. The trains to Hanau depart from the easternmost platform. East of the platforms is a freight yard with another 12 tracks. Previously, the station handled a large amount of seasonal sugar beet traffic from the surrounding region, the Wetterau. The freight yard is hardly used now. The northern exit from the station led directly on to the Rosental Viaduct (built from 1847 to 1850), which has been replaced since 1982 by a modern concrete bridge, located a few metres to the east.

Buildings[edit]

The original buildings were built in a neoclassical style; the entrance building could have been designed by Julius Eugen Ruhl. It was demolished in 1983.[3]

The current station building and other buildings of the station are mostly classed as cultural monuments under the Hessian Heritage Act. The current station building was built in 1912-1913 in a mixture of neoclassical and Renaissance Revival architecture to the design of a government architect from Darmstadt, Krause, who was influenced by Armin Wegner.[4] In the vestibule are original ceramic tiles and stained glass windows, which are influenced by Art Nouveau.

North of the station building is a former royal reception building, which was constructed in 1897-98, south of the original station and later moved to the new station.[5]

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Friedberg:

  • RE 40 Main-Sieg-Express Siegen – Dillenburg – Gießen – Friedberg – Frankfurt (every 2 hours)
  • SE 30SE 40 Mittelhessen-Express Dillenburg – Gießen – Friedberg – Frankfurt (every hour)
Series Operator Route Frequency Notes
IC 26 DB LünebergUelzenCelleHannover HbfGöttingenKassel-WilhelmshöheWabernTreysaMarburgGießenFriedbergFrankfurt (Main) HbfDamstadt HbfBensheimWeinheimHeidelberg HbfWiesloch-WalldorfBruchsalKarlsruhe Hbf Every 2 Hours (5x per day) 1 service per day continues to Konstanz Hbf
RE 30
Main-Weser Railway
DB Kassel Hbf – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Wabern – Treysa – Neustadt – StadtallendorfKirchhain – Marburg – Gießen – Friedberg – Frankfurt Hbf Every 2 hours
RB 16
Friedberg–Friedrichsdorf railway
HLB FriedbergFriedrichsdorf Every 30 minutes
RB 30
Main-Weser Railway
DB Gießen - Großen-Linden - Lang Göns - Kirch Göns - Butzbach - Ostheim - Bad Nauheim - Friedberg Hourly
RB 31
Friedberg–Mücke railway
HLB FriedbergWölfersheim-Södel Hourly
RB 32
Beienheim–Schotten railway
HLB FriedbergNidda Hourly
RB 33
Friedberg-Hanau railway
DB Friedberg – Nidderau – Hanau Hbf Every 30 or 60 minutes
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
IC 26
Stralsund-Karlsruhe
towards Karlsruhe Hbf
toward Kassel Hbf
RE 30
Main-Weser Railway
Terminus
toward Treysa and Dillenburg
SE 30/40
Mittelhessen-Express
toward Gießen Hbf
RB 30
Main-Weser Railway
toward Friedberg
Terminus RB 33
Friedberg–Hanau railway
toward Hanau Hbf
Preceding station   Hessische Landesbahn   Following station
toward Siegen
RE 40/99
Main-Sieg-Express
Terminus
Terminus RB 16
Friedberg-Friedrichsdorf railway
RB 31
Friedberg–Mücke railway
RB 32
Beienheim–Schotten railway
toward Nidda
Preceding station   Rhine-Main S-Bahn   Following station
Terminus S6Frankfurt S6.svg
toward Südbahnhof

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Artikel der Frankfurter Rundschau
  2. ^ Eisenbahn in Hessen, p. 143
  3. ^ Eisenbahn in Hessen, p. 189
  4. ^ Eisenbahn in Hessen, p. 189
  5. ^ Eisenbahn in Hessen, p. 188

References[edit]

  • Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Hessen (State Conservation Hesse), ed. (2005). Eisenbahn in Hessen. Kulturdenkmäler in Hessen. Denkmaltopographie Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Railways in Hesse. Cultural sites in Hesse. Monumental topography of the Federal Republic of Germany) (in German) 2.1. Stuttgart: Theiss Verlag. pp. 188f. ISBN 3-8062-1917-6. 
  • Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2007/2008 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2007. ISBN 978-3-89494-136-9. 
  • Alfred Kerber & Wolfgang A. Keil (1979). Friedberg - Deine Bahn (Friedberg - Your railway) (in German). Friedberg (Hesse).