Neuwied–Koblenz railway

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Neuwied–Koblenz
Regionalbahn train to Koblenz
Regionalbahn train to Koblenz
Route number: 465 (MG–C–)Neuwied–Koblenz
466 Neuwied–Koblenz(–WI)
Line number: 3011 (Neuwied–Koblenz Mosel)
3012 (Koblenz-Lützel–Koblenz)
3014 (Kesselheim–Koblenz-Lützel Nord)
Line length: 14.2
Track gauge: 1435
Voltage: 15 kV 16.7 Hz AC
State Rhineland-Palatinate
Infrastructure and lines[1]
Right Rhine Railway from Cologne
0.1 Neuwied
Right Rhine Railway to Engers (flying junction)
former connecting line to Engers
4.2 Neuwied Rheinbrücke(former junction)
Urmitz railway bridge, Rhine
5.0 Urmitz Rheinbrücke
6.0 Kaltenengers Kessler-Reiff(siding)
A 48
8.2 Kesselheim(junction)
Left Rhine Railway from Cologne
9.6 Koblenz substation(siding)
former line from Mayen
to Koblenz Rhine port
10.3 Koblenz-Lützel Nord(DB Museum)
original route from Mayen
12.7 Koblenz-Lützel
Moselle railway bridge
former port railway
former Koblenz RhE station
(freight link to Moselle line)
Koblenz-Stadtmitte
BSicon ABZrg.svgBSicon ABZlg.svgBSicon eABZlf.svg former link to Right Rhine Railway
BSicon eABZlg.svgBSicon STR.svgBSicon STR.svg former port railway
14.2 Koblenz Moselle freight yardKoblenz Moselle depot
Mosel line to Trier
Koblenz Hbf
Lahn Valley Railway, to Right Rhine Railway
Left Rhine Railway to Mainz

The Koblenz–Neuwied railway is a two-track, electrified main line railway in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It connects the Neuwied station on the Right (east) Rhine line to the major railway junction at Koblenz Hauptbahnhof (central station) and to the Left (west) Rhine and Moselle lines.

History[edit]

The railway line and the Crown Prince William Bridge were built during the First World War for military and strategic reasons by the Prussian state railways and opened on 15 August 1918. Also built at the same time were the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, together with a connection to the Ahr Valley Railway and the Hindenburg Bridge at Rudesheim, together with a connection to the Nahe Valley Railway.

On 15 September 1935, Urmitz Rheinbrücke halt was opened. The line was put out of service on 9 March 1945, late in the Second World War, by the demolition of the line by German pioneers and reconstruction was not completed until 1954. Just two years later the bridge was damaged by fire, with repairs lasting until May 1957.

On 22 September 1962, the bridge became fully functional again, with two tracks, upgraded and electrified with overhead wire. For a better connection to the Brexbach Valley Railway and the Westerwald, a single track curve was built connecting to the right bank line running south towards Engers station but it was never put into operation.[2]

In 1987 the Urmitz Rheinbrücke halt was closed. After the renovation of the bridge in 2005, the halt was reopened on 28 May 2006.

Route[edit]

Map

The line branches from the Right Rhine line in Neuwied station on the approach from the north as a two track line; the branch is a flying junction. The current crossover at Neuwied Rheinbrücke was formerly the location of the junction to the connecting line to Engers station and the Brexbach Valley Railway.

Urmitz Rheinbrücke halt is immediately west of the end of the Urmitz railway bridge. The line then runs on an embankment through the Neuwied Basin and crosses the A 48 autobahn.

At Kesselheim junction a single track line branches off to run on the eastern side of the line and continues on the eastern side of the Left Rhine line, which it merges with in the Koblenz north industrial area in Koblenz-Bubenheim. In the northern track field of Koblenz-Lützel station there is a connection to the port railway of Koblenz Rhine port.

The line crosses the Left Rhine line for the first time and runs through the northern track field of Koblenz-Lützel station to the west and parallel with the Left Rhine line and continues through Koblenz-Lützel station and over the Moselle railway bridge, which was widened to accommodate four tracks in 1927.

At the location of the former Koblenz station of the Rhenish Railway, the line branches. Two tracks run on a large curve to the right to the former Koblenz Moselle freight yard and one track continues to run parallel with the Left Rhine line through Koblenz-Stadtmitte station to Koblenz Hauptbahnhof.

Operations[edit]

The only passenger services on the line until December 2010 was Regionalbahn service RB 27: Rhein-Erft-Bahn. This runs hourly between Cologne Hauptbahnhof and Koblenz Hauptbahnhof, some starting at Rommerskirchen station or Mönchengladbach Hauptbahnhof, and leaves the Right Rhine line at Neuwied station.

The first stop on the line is at Urmitz Rheinbrücke halt, where the line has already reached the left (western) bank of the Rhine. RB 27 stops at the western platforms of Koblenz-Lützel and Koblenz-Stadtmitte stations.[3]

Since the timetable change on 12 December 2010, the Stadt-Express SE 10 service (RheingauLinie) is also operated hourly by the VIAS company. The service previously ran from Frankfurt via Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim am Rhein to Koblenz and it is now extended to Neuwied. Its only stop between Koblenz and Neuwied is at Koblenz-Stadtmitte.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  2. ^ "History of Urmitz community" (in German). Urmitz community. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "KBS 465 in the 2011 timetable of Deutsche Bahn" (in German). Deutsche Bahn. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "KBS 466 in the 2011 timetable of Deutsche Bahn" (in German). Deutsche Bahn. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 

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Coordinates: 50°21′40″N 7°35′25″E / 50.36111°N 7.59028°E / 50.36111; 7.59028