Sauerland Net

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The Sauerland Net (German: Sauerland-Netz) is a group of railway services in the western Sauerland and the eastern Ruhr of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and consists of three Regionalbahn services, RB 52 (DortmundHagenLüdenscheid), RB 53 (Dortmund–SchwerteIserlohn) and RB 54 (UnnaFröndenbergMendenNeuenrade), and the Regional-Express service RE 57 (Dortmund–BestwigWinterberg/Brilon Stadt). The RB 52 also carries the brand name of the Volmetal-Bahn, the RB 53 is called the Ardey-Bahn, the RB 54 is called the Hönnetal-Bahn and the RE 57 is called the Dortmund Sauerland-Express. In December 2004, DB Regio NRW took over or retained operations of these services. Previously the RB 53, RB 54 and RE 57 had been operated by DB Regio NRW and RB 52 had been operated by the Dortmund-Märkische Eisenbahn (DME).

The RE 17 (Sauerland-Express) service will be included in the Sauerland Net under the next contract for the operation of services beginning in 2016.

Tender[edit]

The Zweckverband Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe (local transport association of Westphalia-Lippe, NWL) published a call for tenders for the operation of passenger services on the Sauerland Network from December 2016 in the Official Journal of the European Union on 9 October 2012.[1] As a result, Regional-Express services RE 17 and 57 and Regionalbahn services RB 52, 53 and 54 might have had a new operator. Some improvements are to be made on trains for the carriage of the disabled and there will be more space for bicycles, more guards, ticket machines on the trains rather than on the platforms, as well as improved connections in Menden (to Dortmund) and Schwerte (to Münster). It will involve about 5.6 million train-kilometres a year, at a cost of €9–10 per train-km, a total cost of about €50 to 55 million. Because the operation of the network is to be contracted for a period of 12 years, it will be worth more than €600 million.

Competition is needed in order to maintain fares. The NWL has offered financing for the rollingstock through the municipal budget and to reimburse the top three losing tenderers tender costs of up to €100,000. Passengers will benefit from the competition in the Sauerland as the trains will be accessible to the disabled with entrance heights of 1.2 metres as is already the case with the Sauerland-Express. Due to the great success of the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route, RE 17 will have additional space for bicycles (which already exists on RE 57 services). In addition, the NWL has specified that future trains on the Upper Ruhr Valley Railway (RE 17/57) will have a top speed of 140 km/h. Thus, the journey time to Schwerte will be cut, which will allow a connection to Münster. The timetable will be changed to ensure a quick connection at Fröndenberg from Neuenrade and at Menden to Dortmund. The current service is to be maintained. The same applies to the sale of tickets at DB ticket offices and DB agencies. However, ticket machines should be available in trains from the end of 2016 and no longer on the platforms, as this will prevent damage from vandalism. After 7 PM all trains will be staffed with on-board staff, this will increase total staff on the trains.[2][3][4]

The contract was awarded to DB Regio, which will use LINK (II or III) DMUs made by the Polish manufacturer PESA.[5]

Operations[edit]

The existing timetable was largely retained when DB Regio NRW gained the current concession. It procured 21 new Alstom Coradia LINT (class 648) diesel railcars for operation on the Sauerland Net. These replaced older Deutsche Bahn rollingstock. The increased comfort of the new trains has been well received by passengers.

RB 52 – Volmetal-Bahn[edit]

RB 52: Volmetalbahn
Overview
Locale North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Technical
Route number 434
Route map
 Stations[6] 
Dortmund Hauptbahnhof ICE, IC, RE, RB, S
Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park RB
Dortmund Tierpark
Dortmund-Kirchhörde
Dortmund-Löttringhausen
Wittbräucke
Herdecke
Hagen Hauptbahnhof ICE, IC, RE, RB, S
Hagen-Oberhagen
Dahl
Rummenohl
Dahlerbrück
Schalksmühle
Brügge (Westf)
Lüdenscheid

The Volmetal-Bahn (RB 52) service connects Dortmund, Hagen and Lüdenscheid.

On its way from Dortmund Hauptbahnhof to Lüdenscheid station, the service first runs over a section of the Dortmund–Soest railway and then over a section of the Düsseldorf-Derendorf–Dortmund Süd railway. It runs over the Hagen–Dieringhausen railway (also known as the Volmetalbahn, meaning Volme Valley Railway) from Hagen Hauptbahnhof to Brügge (Westfalen) station. Finally, it runs over the Brügge–Lüdenscheid railway from Brügge station to the higher Lüdenscheid station.

Services[edit]

The service runs every hour, seven days a week,[7] except that services run every two hours on Sunday mornings.

Planning[edit]

The Volmetal-Bahn will in future run an hour earlier from Lüdenscheid to Hagen on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, the Märkischer Kreis is campaigning for a 30-minute cycle of the Volmetal-Bahn from Lüdenscheid via Hagen to Dortmund, since Lüdenscheid station would support higher demand.[8]

RB 53 – Ardey-Bahn[edit]

RB 53: Hellweg-Bahn
Overview
Locale North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Technical
Route number 433
Route map
 Stations[6] 
Dortmund Hauptbahnhof ICE, IC, RE, RB, S
Dortmund Signal-Iduna-Park RB
Dortmund-Hörde RE, RB
Dortmund-Aplerbeck Süd
Schwerte (Ruhr) RE, RB
Ergste
Hennen
Kalthof (Märkischer Kreis)
Iserlohnerheide
Iserlohn RE, RB

The Ardey-Bahn (RB 53) service connects Dortmund, Schwerte and Iserlohn. It follows the Ardey Railway (Ardeybahn in German).

Services[edit]

The service runs every half hour during the week and every hour on the weekend.[9]

RB 54 – Hönnetal-Bahn[edit]

RB 54: Hönnetal-Bahn
Overview
Locale North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Technical
Route number 437
Route map
 Stations[6] 
Unna RE, RB, S
Frömern
Ardey
Fröndenberg RE
Bösperde
Menden (Sauerland)
Menden (Sauerland) Süd
Lendringsen
Binolen
Volkringhausen
Sanssouci
Balve
Garbeck
Küntrop
Neuenrade

The Hönnetal-Bahn (RB 54) service connects Unna, Fröndenberg and Neuenrade. The service follows the Fröndenberg–Kamen railway, the Letmathe–Fröndenberg railway and the Hönne Valley Railway (Hönnetalnbahn in German).

Services[edit]

The service runs hourly during the week.[10] On Sundays services run every two hours between Menden and Neuenrade.

RE 57 – Dortmund-Sauerland-Express[edit]

RE 57: Dortmund-Sauerland-Express
Overview
Locale North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Technical
Route number 435, 438
Route map
 Stations[6] 
Dortmund Hauptbahnhof ICE, IC, RE, RB, S
Dortmund-Hörde RB
Fröndenberg RE, RB
Wickede (Ruhr) RE
Neheim-Hüsten RE
Arnsberg (Westf) RE
Oeventrop RE
Freienohl RE
Meschede RE
Bestwig RE
Bigge
Siedlinghausen
Silbach
Winterberg (Westf)
Olsberg RE
Brilon Wald RB, RE
Brilon Stadt

The Dortmund-Sauerland-Express (RE 57) connects Dortmund and Fröndenberg with Winterberg and Brilon Stadt. It runs along the Ardey Railway, the Upper Ruhr Valley Railway and then on either the Nuttlar–Frankenberg railway or the Alme Valley Railway.

Services[edit]

The service runs hourly during the week. It runs alternately to Winterberg or Brilon Stadt.[11]

Fares[edit]

The following fares apply to the Sauerland Net: the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (Rhine-Ruhr transport association) fares in the Dortmund and Hagen areas, the Verkehrsgemeinschaft Ruhr-Lippe (Ruhr-Lippe transport community) fares in the Sauerland/Ruhr-Lippe fare zone and the NRW statewide fares.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Service contract - 319330-2012" (in German). Tenders Electronic Daily. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bahn - Schöne neue Eisenbahnwelt". Westfälischen Rundschau (in German). 12 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fahrplanänderung - In 35 Minuten mit Zug in Dortmund". Westfälischen Rundschau (in German). 12 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "SauerlandNetz - Hönnetalbahn ändert Ende 2016 den Fahrplan". Westfälischen Rundschau (in German). 11 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "DB Regio AG verteidigt Sauerland-Netz: Ausschreibung von Regionalbahn-Linien im Sauerland-Netz ist entschieden" (Press release) (in German). Zweckverband Ruhr-Lippe. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  7. ^ "RB52: Volmetal-Bahn". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bahn soll bis Hagen mehr Gas geben". Lüdenscheider Nachrichten (in German). 16 January 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "RB53: Ardey-Bahn". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "RB54: Hönnetal-Bahn". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "RE57: Dortmund-Sauerland-Express". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • "Sauerland-Netz" (in German). Zweckverband Ruhr-Lippe. Retrieved 5 November 2013.