Zürich Oerlikon railway station
Zürich Oerlikon railway station (German: Bahnhof Zürich Oerlikon) is a railway station located at Oerlikon in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. It is a major nodal point and junction for both the Zurich S-Bahn network and the Swiss rail network as a whole. Trains on 7 lines of the S-Bahn serve the station, as do frequent inter-regional trains. Inter-city passenger and freight traffic also passes through the station without stopping.
Oerlikon station lies close nearby Hallenstadion and "Messe Zürich" in the centre of Oerliken, a suburb of Zürich that was once an independent town, and still remains an important business and retail centre.
The station is an important and busy one. It is served by lines S2, S5, S6, S7, S8, S14, S16 and S24 of the Zurich S-Bahn. In addition, it is an important railway station on the InterRegio lines Zurich Airport-Basel SBB and Zurich Airport-Luzern, and partially on the lines to the western part of Switzerland.
Train connections to Oerlikon from Zürich Hauptbahnhof are very frequent, and the ride takes only a few minutes. There are no fewer than three different routes from Oerlikon to Hauptbahnhof, each of which tunnels through the intermediate ridge. The most recent, the Weinberg Tunnel, runs into the Hauptbahnhof's low level platforms from the east. The other two, the Wipkingen Tunnel and the Käferberg Tunnel, both connect to the Hauptbahnhof's western approaches. All three tunnels emerge from adjacent portals to the south of Oerlikon station.
Trams of both the Zürich tramway system and the Glattalbahn operate from stops adjacent to the station, as do buses of both the Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich and Glattalbus, connecting the station to nearby areas of Zürich and the Glatt Valley between Oerlikon and Zurich Airport.
On December 27, 1855, the line from Oerlikon to Winterthur via Wallisellen was established by the Schweizerische Nordostbahn (NOB). The following year this was extendend to Zürich Hauptbahnhof through the Wipkingen Tunnel. A temporary wooden train station was built by A. Beckh and Jakob Friedrich Wanner, replaced by a stone building in 1865. The building as it exists today, was renewed in 1912.
In June 1969, the Käferberg Tunnel was opened, providing a second route to Hauptbahnhof. In October 1979 the line from Oerlikon to Zurich Airport and on to rejoin the main line to Winterthur at Bassersdorf (the Flughafenlinie) opened. In June 2014, the Weinberg Tunnel opened, providing a third route to Hauptbahnhof.
Oerlikon and its train station on an aerial photography by Walter Mittelholzer (~1920)
- Bahnhof Oerlikon Entwicklungskonzept und Ausbauvorhaben 2010 – 2015
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