Wuppertal-Barmen station

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Wuppertal-Barmen
Entrance building
Operations
Category 3 [1]
Type Halt
Platforms in use 4
DS100 code KWBA
Station code 6916
Construction and location
Opened Original: 1847
Current: 1913
Location Barmen
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
51°16′2″N 7°11′40″E / 51.26722°N 7.19444°E / 51.26722; 7.19444Coordinates: 51°16′2″N 7°11′40″E / 51.26722°N 7.19444°E / 51.26722; 7.19444
Route information
List of railway stations in North Rhine-Westphalia

Wuppertal-Barmen station is a station in the city of Wuppertal in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on the Elberfeld–Dortmund railway. Its entrance building is protected as a monument. It was Barmen Hauptbahnhof (central station) prior to Barmen's incorporation in Wuppertal in 1929. Before the Second World War it was an important stop for express trains and had substantial freight traffic. Its importance declined after the war in favour of Oberbarmen and since the renaming of the Elberfeld station as Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof. The Opernhaus Wuppertal is nearby.

Entrance Building[edit]

The building is a rectangular construction of Muschelkalk stone in neoclassical style, with pilasters and arched windows. Originally it had projecting wings at each end with Ionic columns, but since the war only the western one is preserved. This portal wing is topped by a flat triangular tympanum and has tall rectangular windows and oculi in the panels below the beams. In the tympanum there is a small semi-circular window. The central axis is adorned by a clock, with the letters of "Wuppertal-Barmen" replacing the numbers.

History[edit]

The first station building was opened with the Elberfeld–Dortmund line as Barmen station by the Bergisch-Märkische Railway Company on 9 October 1847. In 1905 the station’s name was changed to Barmen Hauptbahnhof.[2] The first building, which was a little to the east of the current building was demolished.

Relocation and construction of the new station building[edit]

View from the west
Station clock

Construction of the current, only partly preserved, station building at Winklerstraße started in October 1911 and it was opened for the public on 10 October 1913.[3] The plans of the building were drafted by the Prussian architect Rüdell Alexander, who worked in a leading position in the railway department of the Prussian Ministry of Public Works.[4] The construction was directed by the government architect, Johannes Ziertmann and Edward Behne of the railway division (German: Eisenbahndirektion) of Elberfeld. The building was badly damaged in the Second World War.

The station building became a listed building on 1 July 1988.

Current operations[edit]

The station Wuppertal-Barmen is currently served by the following passenger services:

Line Line name Route
RE 4 Wupper-Express Aachen – Mönchengladbach – Neuss – Düsseldorf – Wuppertal Hbf – Wuppertal-Barmen – Hagen – Dortmund
RE 13 Maas-Wupper-Express Venlo – Viersen – Mönchengladbach – Neuss – Düsseldorf – Wuppertal Hbf – Wuppertal-Barmen – Hagen – Unna – Hamm (Westf)
S 7 Der Müngstener Wuppertal Hbf – Wuppertal-Barmen – Remscheid – Solingen
S 8 Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn Mönchengladbach – Neuss – Düsseldorf – Wuppertal – Wuppertal-Barmen – Gevelsberg – Hagen
(usually continuing as line S5 to Dortmund)
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
toward Aachen Hbf
RE 4
Wupper-Express
toward Dortmund Hbf
Preceding station   eurobahn   Following station
toward Venlo
RE 13
Maas-Wupper-Express
toward Hamm
Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn   Following station
S 7
toward Solingen Hbf
S 8
toward Hagen Hbf

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2014" [Station price list 2014] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wuppertal-Barmen station". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wuppertal-Barmen" (in German). bahnen-wuppertal.de. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ C. Cornelius (1 January 1921). "Dr.-Ing. Alexander Rüdell †." (PDF, ca. 1.70 MB)). Zentralblatt der Bauverwaltung (in German) 40 (1): 3f. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Cuny (27 December 1913). "Das neue Empfangsgebäude in Barmen" (PDF, ca. 1.96 MB). Zentralblatt der Bauverwaltung (in German) 33 (103): 721–724. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  • Manfred Berger (1987). Historische Bahnhofsbauten (in German) 2. Berlin. ISBN 3-344-00067-5. 
  • WSW mobil Gmb, ÖPNV Systemmanagement (2009). Wuppertal timetable 2009/10 (in German). Wuppertal: ECO-Druck GmbH.