Wuppertal-Oberbarmen station

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Wuppertal-Oberbarmen
Station entrance
Operations
Category 3 [1]
Type Through station
Platforms in use 6
DS100 code KWO
Station code 6928
Construction and location
Opened 1847
Location Wuppertal
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
51°16′27″N 7°13′17″E / 51.27417°N 7.22139°E / 51.27417; 7.22139Coordinates: 51°16′27″N 7°13′17″E / 51.27417°N 7.22139°E / 51.27417; 7.22139
Route information
List of railway stations in North Rhine-Westphalia

Wuppertal-Oberbarmen station is a station in the city of Wuppertal in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It was long an important railway junction, connecting to four railway lines. The only remaining lines at the station are the Dortmund–Wuppertal main line and the branch line to Solingen.

History[edit]

January 1982

The first station building was opened along with the Elberfeld–Dortmund line under the name of Barmen-Rittershausen by the Bergisch-Märkische Railway Company on 9 October 1847. In 1930 it was renamed as Wuppertal-Oberbarmen.

In 1910, the tracks and Rosenau street were moved during the building of a depot at Wuppertal-Langerfeld. During the Second World War the station area and the station building were badly damaged. After a partial demolition by Deutsche Bundesbahn after the Second World War, the station was rebuilt in the 1980s during the establishment of S-Bahn line S8. Today there is a square-shaped commercial building with a newsagent, a bakery shop and a McDonald's branch.

In its heyday there was in addition to the Elberfeld–Dortmund through line, a triangular junction connected to the line to Opladen and Solingen, as well as a connecting line to the Düsseldorf-Derendorf–Dortmund Süd railway and the Wuppertal-Wichlinghausen–Hattingen line.

For a long time, Wuppertal-Oberbarmen was also an important freight terminal. The last freight tracks were removed in 2006, however, and a DIY store was built on the site.

Current operations[edit]

Schwebebahn eastern terminus at Wuppertal-Oberbarmen station

Long-distance passenger trains pass through Wuppertal-Oberbarmen without stopping. However, all regional trains running through Wuppertal stop. The Wupper-Express (RE 4), the Rhein-Münsterland-Express (RE 7) and the Maas-Wupper-Express (RE 13) stop at the station at hourly intervals. S-Bahn line S8 and Der Müngstener (RB 47) stop every twenty minutes on the local platforms and connect the station with Hagen, Mönchengladbach, Remscheid and Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof. One in three S-Bahn services terminate at Oberbarmen and do not run to or from Hagen.

Deutsche Bahn classifies the station as category 3.[1]

Wuppertal-Oberbarmen is also a major connecting point between the railway and other public transport services. The Schwebebahn has its eastern terminus here, and there is a bus station, which is served by many of the lines of Wuppertaler Stadtwerke (Wuppertal’s operator of public utilities and transport) and Verkehrsgesellschaft Ennepe-Ruhr (the transport company of Ennepe-Ruhr).

All passenger trains stopping at the station are operated by DB Regio NRW, except for the Maas-Wupper-Express, which is operated by Eurobahn under a 16-year concession with effect from the December 2009 timetable change.

Platforms[edit]

Today, there are three platforms with a total of six tracks. Regional trains stop on tracks 2 and 3; they are also used for non-stop operations by long-distance trains. Services on S-Bahn line S 8 and RB 47 stop on tracks 5 and 6; these tracks are the only ones with barrier-free access for the disabled. Barrier-free boarding is only possible on the S-Bahn line with its modern class 422 electric multiple units (since 2010). The class 628 diesel multiple units that serve the RB 47 route do not have barrier-free entry, although, under tenders called for the operation of the route in November 2009, the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr requires that the operator of the route from 2013 use modern diesel multiple units that are accessible by the handicapped.

Interchanges[edit]

Service intervals below refer to peak hours from Mondays to Fridays.

Line Line name Route Service interval Platform track
RE 4 Wupper-Express AachenMönchengladbachDüsseldorfWuppertalHagenDortmund hourly 2/3
RE 7 Rhein-Münsterland-Express KrefeldNeussCologneSolingenWuppertal – Hagen – HammMünster (Westf)Rheine hourly 2/3
RE 13 Maas-Wupper-Express VenloViersen – Mönchengladbach – Düsseldorf – Wuppertal – Hagen – Hamm (Westf) hourly 2/3
S 7 Der Müngstener Solingen – RemscheidWuppertal 20 minutes 5/6
S 8 Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn Hagen – GevelsbergWuppertal – Düsseldorf – Neuss – Mönchengladbach 20 minutes 5/6
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
toward Aachen Hbf
RE 4
Wupper-Express
toward Dortmund Hbf
toward Krefeld Hbf
RE 7
Rhein-Münsterland-Express
toward Rheine
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. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2014" [Station price list 2014] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

References[edit]

  • WSW mobil Gmb, ÖPNV Systemmanagement (2009). Wuppertal timetable 2009/10 (in German). Wuppertal: ECO-Druck GmbH. 

External links[edit]