Luxembourg railway station

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This article is about the railway station in Luxembourg City. For the RER station in Paris, see Luxembourg (Paris RER). For the station district of Luxembourg, see Gare, Luxembourg. For station in Brussels, see Brussels-Luxembourg Station.

Coordinates: 49°36′00″N 06°08′02″E / 49.60000°N 6.13389°E / 49.60000; 6.13389

The station's main building is built in the traditional Moselle Baroque Revival style.
Luxembourg station is served by trains from all three neighbouring countries. In this view are a French TGV run by the SNCF and, in the background, a Belgian train can be seen.

Luxembourg railway station (Luxembourgish: Gare Lëtzebuerg, French: Gare de Luxembourg, German: Bahnhof Luxemburg) is the main railway station serving Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg. It is operated by Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois, the state-owned railway company.

80 000 passengers use this station every day.

It is the hub of Luxembourg's domestic railway network, serving as a terminus for all but one of Luxembourg's railway lines (the exception being Line 80, which only stops at one station in Luxembourg). It also functions as the country's international railway station, with services into each of the surrounding countries: Belgium, France, and Germany. Since June 2007, the LGV Est has connected the station to the French TGV network.

The station is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of the city centre (Ville Haute), to the south of the River Pétrusse. The station gives its name to Gare, one of the Quarters of Luxembourg City.

The station has some voltage-switchable tracks for Line 50 to Arlon, which is electrified with the Belgian voltage of 3kV DC.

History[edit]

The original railway station was built entirely from timber, and was opened in 1859. The position of the new station on the south bank of the Pétrusse, away from the original built-up area of the city, was on account of Luxembourg's role as a German Confederation fortress. The first connection to the city proper came in 1861, with the construction of the Passerelle viaduct.[1] After the 1867 Treaty of London, the fortifications were demolished, leading to the expansion of the city around the station.

The old wooden station was replaced by the modern building between 1907 and 1913,[1] at the height of an economic boom, fuelled by iron from the Red Lands. The new station was designed by a trio of German architects (Rüdell, Jüsgen, and Scheuffel) in the Moselle Baroque Revival style that dominates Luxembourg's major public buildings.[1] The station lies at the end of the Avenue de la Liberté, one of the city's major thoroughfares, and its imposing clock tower can be seen from a considerable distance.[1]

Modernisation work[edit]

Since 2006, under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport, Luxembourg station has been undergoing major renovation work which, by 2009, had already resulted in new ticketing and sales facilities inside the main hall, widening of the platforms, new lifts and a new passenger subway. Future work will include renewal of the overhead electrical wiring, installation of two platform escalators, a new entrance porch and a redesigned forecourt. In 2011, work will start on a glass passenger hall and on a four-storey car park, to be completed in 2012.[2]

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • High speed services (TGV) Paris - Metz - Thionville - Luxembourg
  • EuroCity services Brussels - Namur - Luxembourg - Strasbourg - Mulhouse - Basel
  • Intercity services Luxembourg - Trier - Koblenz - Bonn - Cologne - Düsseldorf - Münster - Emden
  • Intercity services Luxembourg - Arlon - Namur - Brussels
  • Interregional services Luxembourg - Ettelbruck - Kautenbach - Troisvierges - Gouvy - Liege - Liers
  • Night sleeper service Luxembourg - Avignon - Marseille - Cannes - Nice
  • Night sleeper service Luxembourg - Nimes - Montpellier - Perpignan - Port Bou
  • Regional services Luxembourg - Ettelbruck - Diekirch
  • Regional services Luxembourg - Wasserbillig - Trier
  • Regional services Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Esch - Petange - Rodange
  • Regional services Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Dudelange - Volmerange-les-Mines
  • Regional services (TER Lorraine) Luxembourg - Thionville - Metz - Nancy
  • Local services Luxembourg - Ettelbruck - Kautenbach - Wiltz
  • Local services Luxembourg - Ettelbruck
  • Local services Luxembourg - Wasserbillig
  • Local services Luxembourg - Kleinbettingen
  • Local services Luxembourg - Bettembourg - Esch - Belval - Petange - Rotange
  • Local services Luxembourg - Petange - Rotange - Athus - Longwy
Preceding station   Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois   Following station
toward Brussels Hbf
EuroCity
toward Basel
Terminus Line 10
toward Gouvy, Wiltz, or Diekirch
Line 30
toward Schweich
Line 50
toward Arlon
Line 60
Line 70
toward Athus or Longuyon
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward Paris-Est
TGV Terminus
Terminus Intercités
night trains
toward Nice or Portbou
toward Nancy-Ville
TER Lorraine 1 Terminus
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
Terminus IC/EC 35
Terminus RE
toward Trier Hbf
Preceding station   NMBS/SNCB   Following station
IC J
IC "des Ardennes" & Luxembourg
Terminus
toward Liers
IR m Terminus

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