Wittenberge station

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Wittenberge
Operations
Category 3 [1]
Type Through station
Platforms in use 5
Daily entry/exit < 5,000
DS100 code WW
Station code 6825
Construction and location
Opened 15 October 1846
Style of architecture Neoclassical
Location Wittenberge
State Brandenburg
Country Germany
53°00′07″N 11°45′46″E / 53.00194°N 11.76278°E / 53.00194; 11.76278Coordinates: 53°00′07″N 11°45′46″E / 53.00194°N 11.76278°E / 53.00194; 11.76278
Route information
List of railway stations in Brandenburg

Wittenberge station is the railway station for the Brandenburg town of Wittenberge in Germany. About 5,000 passengers use the station daily and it is served by around 100 trains per day.

Infrastructure[edit]

The station is located about 1.3 kilometres from the city centre on the eastern edge of the town of Wittenberg. The entrance building and the main platform are accessible from the west over several directly abutting streets. Following an extensive rebuild in 2004, the station now has a 55 centimetre high and 375 metre long home platform as well as two island platforms 405 metres in length and 76 centimetres in height. Another part of the platform, which is approximately 60 metre-long, lies to the south, but it is not directly connected to the through tracks.

Two island platforms, each with a length of 405 m and a height of 76 cm, extend towards the north from the centre of the entrance building. They are connected to the main platform by a 65 m long underpass.

Barrier-free accessibility is provided by a wheelchair ramp next to the three sets of steps down to the road-side at the entrance building and to the island platforms are reached by lifts beside the access steps.

History[edit]

The station was built in 1846 at kilometre post 126 on the Berlin-Hamburg Railway. In 1851 the Wittenberge–Stendal line was opened. That made Wittenberge station into the most important railway hub between Berlin and Hamburg. The station building of this Keilbahnhof ("wedge station", i.e. situated between the two converging lines of a junction) was located between the western approach tracks of the Magdeburg route and the eastern approach tracks on the Berlin-Hamburg Railway.

From 1870 trains also ran from here on a branch of the Berlin-Hamburg Railway, that led over the river Elbe near Dömitz and via Dannenberg to Buchholz.

Upgrade[edit]

End of the tracks at a buffer stop on the western side of the station
Berlin side after the rebuilding of the station

Wittenberge station was comprehensively refurbished as part of the upgrade of the Berlin-Hamburg Railway in 2000. It lost its status as an island station, as all the tracks are now on the eastern side of the station building. The so-called Magdeburg Side lost its tracks, the line from Stendal being re-routed south of the building on the Berlin Side. The number of tracks was also significantly reduced.

The refurbishment required 280,000 tonnes of earth to be moved, around 22 kilometres track to be replaced, 120 points to be removed, 42 points to be installed and 32 kilometres of catenary to be replaced. The running speed through the station was raised from 30 to 160 km/h; an increase to 197 km/h, which was also considered, would have required the control of active tilting technology by the train safety system, LZB, but this was not put into practice.[2] A total of seven million euros was invested.

The opening of the rebuilt station took place on 24 August 2004 in the presence of the German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder.

Transport links[edit]

Long-distance services are provided by five InterCity/EuroCity pairs of trains between Berlin/Dresden or Hamburg on workdays and an IC train pair between Rostock and Leipzig. One or two ICE trains stop at the station during the daily rush hours, but most pass through without stopping.

Local rail services in Wittenberge are provided by two Brandenburg Regional-Express services: line RE 2 (Ludwigsfelde/Luckenwalde–Wittenberge/Wismar) and line RE 6 (Berlin-Spandau–Hennigsdorf–Pritzwalk-Wittenberge). In addition a Regionalbahn (RB) service, contracted by the state of Saxony-Anhalt, runs on the Wittenberge - Magdeburg route.

In the 2014 timetable the following lines stop at the station:

Line Route Frequency (min) Operator
EC 27 HamburgWittenbergeBerlinDresdenPragueBudapest/Vienna Individual services DB Fernverkehr
IC 56 LeipzigLeipzig/Halle AirportHalleMagdeburgSchwerinRostockWarnemünde One train pair DB Fernverkehr
RE 2 Wismar – Schwerin – Wittenberge – Neustadt – Nauen – BerlinKönigs WusterhausenLübbenCottbus 120 (Wismar–Wittenberge)
060 (Wittenberge–Cottbus)
Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn
RE 6 WittenbergePerleberg – Pritzwalk – Wittstock – NeuruppinHennigsdorfBerlin-SpandauBerlin Gesundbrunnen 060 (Mon–Fri)
120 (Sat–Sun)
DB Regio Nordost
RB 30 Wittenberge – Osterburg – Stendal – Tangerhütte – Magdeburg – Schönebeck-Bad Salzelmen
(Individual services run from Mon to Sat between Magdeburg and Wittenberge as RE 7)
060 (Mon–Frt)
120 (Sat–Sun)
DB Regio Südost
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 28
towards Munich Hbf
towards Warnemünde
IC 56
towards Dresden Hbf
toward Wismar
RE 2
toward Cottbus
Terminus RE
Terminus RB

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2015" [Station price list 2015] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Hans-Jürgen Kielke: Umbau des Bahnhofs Wittenberge „Befreiung aus der Insellage“. In: Roland Heinisch, Armin Keppel, Dieter Klumpp, Jürgen Siegmann (Hrsg.): Ausbaustrecke Hamburg–Berlin für 230 km/h. Eurailpress, Darmstadt 2005, S. 113

References[edit]

  • "Salzwedel und Wittenberge. Zwei Bw im Fluge". Eisenbahn Magazin (in German) (Düsseldorf: Alba Publikation) (2/2012): 24–28. February 2012. ISSN 0342-1902.