Gelsenkirchen Hauptbahnhof

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Gelsenkirchen Hauptbahnhof
The station and main post office in 1924
Category 2
Type Separation station
Platforms in use 6
Daily trains 402
Daily entry/exit ca. 17,500
DS100 code EG
Station code 2052
Construction and location
Opened 1847
Location Gelsenkirchen
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
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51°30′16″N 7°6′5″E / 51.50444°N 7.10139°E / 51.50444; 7.10139Coordinates: 51°30′16″N 7°6′5″E / 51.50444°N 7.10139°E / 51.50444; 7.10139
Route information
List of railway stations in North Rhine-Westphalia

Gelsenkirchen Hauptbahnhof is a railway station in the German city of Gelsenkirchen. It connects the city to the regional and long-distance rail service of Deutsche Bahn and other railway companies in Germany.


The Gelsenkirchen railway station was opened in 1847 with the Cologne-Minden railway. The station has since been rebuilt two times. The first time was in 1904, because the capacity of the old station was no longer sufficient. Since then the station has been a Hauptbahnhof. As part of this construction project, the tracks, which were located at ground level at the time, were raised. This allowed for traffic to Bochum could happen freely pass through. The second new development was carried out from 1982-1983. In preparations for the 2006 FIFA World Cup the station underwent extensive renovations.

On 4 August 1914, English civilian Henry Hadley was fatally shot by a German officer while their train was standing at the station. Dying the next day, shortly after war was declared, he is sometimes described as the "first British casualty" of World War I.[1]

Operational Usage[edit]

The station has connect to the InterCity trains towards Norddeich Mole via Münster and Luxembourg via Cologne. To the week-end, even some ICE-trains connecting Munich or Hamburg stop here. It is also an important connection point for RegionalExpress and RegionalBahn lines to Hamm, Düsseldorf, Münster and Essen and has a S-Bahn line of the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn calling at the station. The Stadtbahn station below the Hauptbahnhof offers local connections by tram to GE-Buer/Horst, Bochum and Essen.

Long Distance Trains[edit]

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
towards Innsbruck Hbf
IC/EC 32
Selected trains only
towards Münster Hbf
IC/EC 35

Regional Trains[edit]

Preceding station   Abellio Rail   Following station
Terminus RB 46
toward Bochum Hbf
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
RE 2
toward Münster Hbf
RB 42
toward Münster Hbf
Preceding station   eurobahn   Following station
RE 3
toward Hamm
Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn   Following station
toward Duisburg Hbf
S 2
Train branches here
toward Dortmund Hbf
toward Essen Hbf


  1. ^ Van Emden, Richard (2013-08-15). Meeting the Enemy: The Human Face of the Great War. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781408821640.