Brno hlavní nádraží

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Brno main railway station
Brno hlavní nádraží (in Czech)
combined
Průčelí hlavního nádraží v Brně.jpg
Brno main train station - Brno hlavní nádraží.
LocationBrno, Nádražní street 418/1
Czech Republic
Coordinates49°06′46″N 16°21′53″E / 49.1127°N 16.3646°E / 49.1127; 16.3646Coordinates: 49°06′46″N 16°21′53″E / 49.1127°N 16.3646°E / 49.1127; 16.3646
Owned byČeské dráhy
SŽDC
Platforms6 (10 side platforms)
ConnectionsBrno Tramway, Brno Trolleybuses, Brno Buses
Construction
ArchitectJosef Oehm
History
Opened16 December 1838; 179 years ago (1838-12-16)
Rebuilt1902–04
1987–89
Electrifiedyes
Traffic
Passengers47.000

Brno hlavní nádraží (English: Brno main railway station; abbreviated as Brno hl. n.) is the principal railway station in Brno, the largest city in the South Moravian Region and the second largest in the Czech Republic. The railway station is situated in the city centre on the former fortification wall circuit, within walking distance of the most important city buildings. It is one of the oldest railway stations in the Czech Republic, having been in operation since 1839.

History[edit]

The first building of Brno railway station since September 1838

First railway station[edit]

Brno main railway station was built in 1838, one of the first railway stations in the world. It was the terminus on the line from Vienna to Brno, one of the branches of Emperor Ferdinand Northern Railway. On 16 November 1838 it was put into operation for trials and exhibitions, and on 7 July 1839 it became fully commercially operational. It was initially designed as a terminal station.

Second railway station[edit]

The railway station became a through station after construction of the rival Northern Railway (Imperial Royal Austrian State Railways) in 1849. As soon as the traffic at the railway station, which was occupied by two competing companies, started to grow, some space limitation caused by bevelled shape between two segments of a polygonal principle Brno Ringstrasse.[clarification needed]

Third railway station[edit]

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries the side wings of individual companies were connected with a single Concourse (entrance hall), which served to both of them. The author of this partially Art Nouveau building was architect Josef Oehm. The hall has an outline of 18x25 metres. The oldest transverse subway leads in its axis under the platform 4. The hall construction was finished in 1904. Railway station was partially and surfacing (visual only) modernized in 1947 by architect Bohuslav Fuchs, the last time in 1988.

Description of the railway station[edit]

The Railjet train Bedřich Smetana to Prague and RegioPanter at 2. platform
The Railjet connection to Vienna
The ticket office in main hall

Brno railway station is combined. It has 4 through platforms with 6 lines and 2 terminal platforms. In total 6 platforms. Through platforms are 415 and 310 metres long and in ground plan are curved into the letter S. Terminal platforms are straight and 350 metres long. The width of platforms is 9 metres and more. Their covering is simple, historical.

Routes[edit]

The international corridor in the Czech Republic, with main cities marked including Brno

Brno hlavní nádraží is an important station on the pan-international corridor passing through the country (DěčínPraguePardubice – Brno – Břeclav), with international trains serving the station to and from Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria. It is also located on five other lines, three of which carry intercity trains:

Future plans[edit]

Currently[when?] Brno hlavní nádraží is approaching at full capacity and therefore in need of expansion, however its location on the edge of the historic center of the city prevents that. Capacity problems are just in one part of the railway station, on the southern station head (switch system), where is a regional transport. The question of how to cope with the substance of railway station has been being discussed for several decades. The idea of moving railway station to the new location, 550 metres southern, emerged already in the 1920s. It was after a sudden increase of transport capacity between 1923 and 1924 (26% more). Such an increase has never happened again. Experts who worked for Brno before World War II abandoned this idea. Later on this idea reappeared several times in the new contexts. In 1970 railway station was relieved from freight transport which was transferred to the modernized track on the South. Since then the railway station has been intended purely for passenger transportation.

The city council have made plans to build a new station in a remote location – 960 metres southeast from the city where personal and cargo transport would be reunited again. This possibility is confronted with a continuous opposition of experts and public. Already in 2004 this situation invoked a citizens-initiated referendum. However, this referendum did not become binding for city because of the insufficient turnout (25%). Legislation required 50% turnout at that time. The overwhelming majority of 85% of voters was for keeping railway station on the current place. Nowadays citizens have initiated a new referendum, which will be held simultaneously with regional and senate election[1] on the 7 and 8 October 2016. According to the current legislation only 35% turnout is sufficient for legally binding outcome of the referendum.

Services[edit]

Preceding station   České dráhy   Following station
Pardubice hl.n.
toward Berlin
  EuroNight
EN Metropol
  Břeclav
toward Budapest
toward Praha hl.n.
Railjet
toward Graz
Česká Třebová or
Pardubice hl.n.
toward Prague
  EuroCity   Břeclav
toward Bratislava or Vienna
occasional terminus
Blansko
toward Prague via Česká Třebová
  Regional fast trains   Vyškov na Moravě
toward Olomouc
occasional terminus
Terminus   Regional fast trains   Vyškov na Moravě
toward Ostrava
Terminus   Regional fast trains   Šakvice
toward Břeclav
Brno-Královo Pole
toward Prague via Havlíčkův Brod
  Regional fast trains   Terminus
Náměšť nad Oslavou
toward České Budějovice
  Regional fast trains   Terminus
Brno-Židenice
toward Blansko or Tišnov
  Stopping trains   Brno-Horní Heršpice
toward Břeclav,
Náměšť nad Oslavou
or Hrušovany nad Jevišovkou
Terminus   Stopping trains   Brno-Černovice
toward Veselí nad Moravou
Terminus   Stopping trains   Chrlice
toward Křenovice horní nádraží

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Presidential decision (Miloš Zeman) on Regional election term.

Further reading[edit]

Books[edit]

  • ARTL, Gerhard/ GURLICH, Gerhard H. / ZENZ, Hubert (Hrsg.2010), Allerhöchste Eisenbahn. 170 Jahre Nordbahn Wien-Brünn, 2. erw. Aufl., Wien (German)
  • HORN, Alfred (1970), Die Kaiser-Ferdinands-Nordbahn. Die Bahnen Österreich-Ungarns, Band 2. Bohmann-Verlag, Wien (German)
  • KREJČIŘÍK, Mojmír (2003 and 2005), Česká nádraží I.a II díl. Litoměřice (Vydavatelství dopravní literatury Ing. Luděk Čada). ISBN 80-86765-02-4 (Czech)

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