Marburg station

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Marburg station
Through station
Hauptbahnhof Marburg.jpg
Location Marburg, Hesse
Germany
Coordinates 50°49′12″N 8°46′30″E / 50.82000°N 8.77500°E / 50.82000; 8.77500Coordinates: 50°49′12″N 8°46′30″E / 50.82000°N 8.77500°E / 50.82000; 8.77500
Line(s)
Platforms 6
Construction
Architect Alois Holtmeyer
Architectural style Baroque Revival
Other information
Station code 3943
DS100 code FMBG
Category 3 [1]
History
Opened 1850
Traffic
Passengers About 12,000

Marburg station is a through station at the 104.3 km mark of the Main-Weser Railway in the north-east of the city of Marburg in the German state of Hesse and is used daily by about 12,000 people. The station is classified by Deutsche Bahn (DB) as a category 3 station.[1]

History[edit]

The station was completed with the construction of the Main-Weser Railway in 1850 and was built outside the built up area of the city on the other side of the Lahn.

In 1903, the station became the terminus of the Marburg Tramways (Straßenbahn Marburg). Initially, this was a horse-hauled system, which was converted to electric operations in 1911. After the Second World War, it was decided to close the tramway in 1951. A short time later the Marburg trolleybus network was opened to replace the tramways. This was finally closed in 1968.

Entrance Building[edit]

The station building and the rest of the station buildings are now mostly listed as a monument under the Hessian Heritage Act.

The first station building was designed by Julius Eugen Ruhl. In 1907 it was replaced during an expansion of the station with an entrance building designed by the architect Alois Holtmeyer. The station building was severely damaged in the Second World War and its Baroque Revival exterior form was largely restored after the war.

Modern information display

In 2004, the station was equipped with digital information displays on the platforms and in the entrance building and was declared to be a smoke-free station. The station building is still rundown.

In the eastern area of the station is the former—now abandoned—operations depot. These include several in brick buildings built in 1890, including a roundhouse. The former wagon hall is now used as a cultural centre.

Infrastructure[edit]

Marburg station is managed by DB Station&Service and classified as a category 3 station.[1] Normally stations of this category offer service into the evening, but DB provides no customer service in the evening in order to save costs. The station is served by many regional and city bus routes.

East of the passenger station is the disused freight yard, which consisted of a small marshalling yard (with a hump and four short sidings), and north of it are disused loading tracks.

The station has six platform tracks. The continuing services on the Main-Weser Railways stop at platforms 4 and 5 and the terminating traffic on the Burgwald Railway from Marburg to Frankenberg (Eder) and the Upper Lahn Valley Railway from Erndtebrück stop on tracks 1, 2 and 8. Track 1a is used exclusively by trains to and from Gießen that start or end at Marburg.

Operations[edit]

Long-distance services[edit]

Already in the 1980s and 1990s were Intercity services that stopped once a day in Marburg. In 2002, InterRegio services on the Main-Weser Railway were reclassified as intercity services. Since then, Marburg has been on the Intercity network on the route between Karlsruhe and Stralsund. The station is served at 2-hour intervals. One of these services each day gives a direct connection to Konstanz. On weekends there are also single direct services to Berlin Südkreuz and to Westerland.

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
IC 26
Stralsund-Karlsruhe
towards Karlsruhe Hbf

Regional services[edit]

The station is served on the Main-Weser Railway by the Main-Weser-Express service (Regional-Express 30) on the FrankfurtKassel route and the Mittelhessen-Express (SE 30). The station is the terminus for the Upper Lahn Valley Railway and the Burgwald Railway, both branching off the Main-Weser Railway in Cölbe. In addition, a few Regionalbahn services to/from Gießen and individual Regional-Express services from Frankfurt also start or teminate in Marburg. The trains on the closed Aar-Salzböde Railway sometimes ran to Marburg, but usually they ended at in the junction station of Niederwalgern. Since December 2010, the Main-Sieg-Express has operated from Marburg to Frankfurt.

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
toward Kassel Hbf
RE 30
Main-Weser Railway
toward Treysa
SE 30
Mittelhessen-Express
Terminus RB 30
Main-Weser Railway
toward Gießen Hbf
toward Frankenberg
RB 42
Burgwald Railway
Terminus
toward Erndtebrück
RB 43
Kreuztal–Cölbe railway
Preceding station   Hessische Landesbahn   Following station
Terminus RE 40/99
Main-Sieg-Express

Reorganisation of the station and planning[edit]

Ongoing work as seen from the tracks

The current state of the station is criticised. Although Marburg is a centre for the education of visually impaired people, the station does not have appropriate instructions in Braille.[2] It is not classified as accessible by the disabled as it does not have conducting strips for the visually impaired and does not have barrier-free access to the central platforms.

Currently, a redesign of the entrance building, the platforms and station environment is underway at a total estimated cost of € 11 million. Among other things, through traffic will be removed from the station forecourt and the traffic between central Marburg and Neue Kasseler Straße will no longer run directly in front of the station, but will instead use Ernst-Giller-Straße. Service facilities will be installed in the upper floors of the station. Reconstruction of the entrance building started on 3 December 2009 and was completed in late 2011. In October 2010, ground was broken for the work in the station forecourt. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2014.

In addition, a new Marburg Mitte station is planned closer to central Marburg (near the University Library) that will relieve the city traffic and make the use of rail more attractive for commuting.[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stationspreisliste 2015" [Station price list 2015] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Coordes, Gesa. "Für Sehbehinderte eine Katastrophe". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German) (Frankfurt). p. F23. 

References[edit]

  • Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Hessen, ed. (2005). Eisenbahn in Hessen. Kulturdenkmäler in Hessen. Denkmaltopographie Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in German) 2.1. Stuttgart: Theiss Verlag. ISBN 3-8062-1917-6. 
  • Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/10 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  • Siegfried Lohr (1984). "Planungen und Bauten des Kasseler Baumeisters Julius Eugen Ruhl 1796 – 1871. Ein Beitrag zur Baugeschichte Kassels und Kurhessens im 19. Jahrhundert". Kunst in Hessen und am Mittelrhein (in German) (Darmstadt) (23). 
  • Andreas Müller (2001). 150 Jahre Eisenbahn in Marburg: Impulse der Stadtentwicklung (in German). ISBN 3-923820-71-2.