Hanau Hauptbahnhof

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Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Station forecourt
Operations
Category 2 [1]
Type Junction station
Platforms in use 11
Daily entry/exit About 20,000 [2]
DS100 code FH
Station code 2537
Construction and location
Location Hanau
State Hesse
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
50°07′17″N 08°55′47″E / 50.12139°N 8.92972°E / 50.12139; 8.92972Coordinates: 50°07′17″N 08°55′47″E / 50.12139°N 8.92972°E / 50.12139; 8.92972
Route information
List of railway stations in Hesse

Hanau Hauptbahnhof is a railway station at Hanau in the German state of Hesse, and is a major railway junction east of Frankfurt am Main. It was opened in 1867, but the current building was built in the late 1960s. It is located about 1.5 kilometres south-east of central Hanau. It is classified by Deutsche Bahn (DB) as a category 2 station[1] and has many train services, including Intercity Express, regional and S-Bahn services.

Links[edit]

Hanau Hbf station is a central hub of the railway network that is served by six routes. It is served by:

History[edit]

Today’s Hanau Hauptbahnhof was opened on 1 Opened in May 1867 on the route of the Frankfurt–Bebra railway as a temporary terminus called Hanau Ost (east). The first station in Hanau was opened in 1848 as the terminus of the Frankfurt-Hanau Railway Company (Frankfurt-Hanauer Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft), which is west of central Hanau at the site of the current Hanau West station.

The Hanau east station was built at the junction between the extension of the Frankfurt-Hanau railway (which runs on the north bank of the Main) connecting with the Main–Spessart railway to Aschaffenburg and the Kinzig Valley Railway to Bebra. Its position was chosen the allow the building of a bridge over the Main to Steinheim as part of the south bank route to Frankfurt. At the same time Hanau depot (Bahnbetriebswerk Hanau) was built at Heideäcker. An entrance building was built at Hanau Ost on the island between the line towards Fulda (northern tracks) and the line to Aschaffenburg (southern tracks).

Signal box

The constraints imposed by the position of the crossing of the Main explain why the station was built so far from the centre of the city, which is still significant problem for public transport in Hanau: two centres must be served: the Hauptbahnhof and the downtown bus junction in Freiheitsplatz. Until the end of the Second World War, the station was served a tram line of the Hanau Tramway (Hanauer Straßenbahn).

On 15 May 1927, the station was renamed from Hanau Ost station to Hanau Hauptbahnhof.[3]

The original station building was demolished in 1966 and replaced by a station building to the north of the tracks with a spacious station forecourt. The original location as an island station can still be recognised from the track numbering and road connections between the tracks to the nearby park and ride facility. The floor level of the main level of the new station was determined essentially by the location of the existing pedestrian underpass, which was retained. Since the station was built partly in a former river bed of the Main, there will always be problems with water penetration, especially after storms. The passenger accessible part of the entrance building was transformed fundamentally in the early 1990s with the reorganisation of baggage and express freight operations.

Operations[edit]

Long-distance services[edit]

ICE exiting

Hanau station is classified by Deutsche Bahn (DB) as a category 2 station.[1] It is connected by Intercity-Express and Intercity services to cities in a large part of Germany and some cities outside Germany.

Line Route Frequency
ICE 11 BerlinHildesheimKassel-WilhelmshöheHanauFrankfurtMannheimStuttgartMunich Every 2 hours
ICE 12 Berlin – Hildesheim – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Hanau – Frankfurt – Mannheim – KarlsruheFreiburgBasel Bad BfBasel SBB Every 2 hours
ICE 31 IC 31 (Kiel –) HamburgOsnabrückDortmundDuisburgCologneKoblenz – Frankfurt – HanauWürzburgNurembergPassau (– LinzVienna) Individual services
ICE 91 Frankfurt – Hanau – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Passau - Linz - Vienna Every 2 hours
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
towards Munich Hbf
ICE 11
towards Munich Hbf
towards Zurich Hbf
ICE 12
towards Kiel Hbf
ICE 31
towards Dortmund Hbf
ICE 91
towards Wien Westbf

Regional services[edit]

Odenwald Railway service waiting in the station

Hanau station is served by several Regional-Express and Regionalbahn lines. Since 1995 it has also been served by lines S 8 and S 9 of the Rhine-Main S-Bahn. There is also a central bus station in the station forecourt.

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
toward Friedberg
RB 33
Friedberg–Hanau railway
Terminus
RE 50
Kinzig Valley Railway
toward Fulda
SE 50
Kinzig Valley Railway
RE 55
Main-Spessart Railway
RB 55
Main-Spessart Railway
Preceding station   Hessische Landesbahn   Following station
Terminus RB 56
Kahlgrund Railway
Preceding station   VIAS   Following station
RE 64
Odenwald Railway
Terminus RB 64
Odenwald Railway
Preceding station   Rhine-Main S-Bahn   Following station
S8Frankfurt S8.svg Terminus
S9Frankfurt S9.svg

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stationspreisliste 2014" [Station price list 2014] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Aus der Langeweile in die Ferne". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). 3 April 2010. Retrieved 2 July. 
  3. ^ Thomas Noßke (2007). "Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft, Änderung von Bahnhofsnamen" (in German). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

References[edit]

  • Martin Schack (2004). Neue Bahnhöfe – Die Empfangsgebäude der Deutschen Bundesbahn 1948 bis 1973 (in German). Verlag Bernd Neddermeyer. ISBN 3-933254-49-3. 

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