Düsseldorf Stadtbahn

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Düsseldorf Stadtbahn
Düsseldorf Stadtbahn.JPG
Overview
LocaleDüsseldorf, Meerbusch, Krefeld, Neuss, Duisburg, Ratingen
Transit typeLight rail (Stadtbahn)
Number of lines11[1]
Number of stations161 (including 22 underground stations)[1]
WebsiteRheinbahn (in English)
Operation
Began operationAugust 6, 1988
Operator(s)Rheinbahn
Number of vehicles135[1]
Technical
System length68.5 km (42.6 mi)[1]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
System map
Düsseldorf Stadtbahn network
The Heinrich-Heine-Allee subway station

The Düsseldorf Stadtbahn, together with the Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn and the Düsseldorf Straßenbahn (Tram), is the backbone of the public transport system of Düsseldorf, Germany, and is integrated in the Rhine-Ruhr Stadtbahn network. The Stadtbahn officially opened on August 6, 1988, and is operated by Rheinbahn AG. As of 2016, the Stadtbahn network currently consists of eleven lines,[1] operating on 68.5 kilometres (42.6 mi),[1] and serving 161 stations, 22 of which are underground stations (Duesseldorf: 16, Duisburg: 6 (U79)).[1]

Current lines[edit]

U70 is a rush-hour-only express line. It operates the same route as the U76, however does not stop at all stations. The lines U80-U82 are currently in planning and constructions are set to start in late 2020/early 2021.

Line Route Opening Length
(km)
Stations
(Underground Station)
U70 Express line: Krefeld, Rheinstraße – Heinrich-Heine-Allee - Steinstraße/Königsallee - Oststraße - Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof 1988 22.4 17 (5)
U71 Gerresheim, Krankenhaus – Wehrhahn (S)Heinrich-Heine-AlleeBilk (S) – Universität 2016 10.5 23 (6)
U72 Ratingen Mitte – Wehrhahn (S)Heinrich-Heine-AlleeBilk (S) – Volmerswerth 2016 15.4 32 (6)
U73 D-Gerresheim (S) – Wehrhahn (S)Heinrich-Heine-AlleeBilk (S) – Benrath, Betriebshof 2016 20.3 42 (6)
U74 Meerbusch, Görgesheide – Heinrich-Heine-AlleeSteinstraße/KönigsalleeOststraße – Holthausen – Benrath, Betriebshof 1994 21.1 31 (8)
U75 Neuss HauptbahnhofHeinrich-Heine-AlleeSteinstraße/KönigsalleeOststraße – Eller, Vennhauser Allee 1993 15.6 28 (7)
U76 Krefeld, Rheinstraße – Heinrich-Heine-AlleeSteinstraße/KönigsalleeOststraße – Handelszentrum/Moskauer Straße 1988 23.0 28 (6)
U77 Am Seestern – Heinrich-Heine-AlleeSteinstraße/KönigsalleeOststraße – Holthausen 1994 11.6 22 (8)
U78 Düsseldorf HauptbahnhofMERKUR SPIEL-Arena/Messe Nord 1988 7.6 15 (8)
U79 Universität Ost/Botanischer Garten – Duisburg-Meiderich 1988 38.1 45 (21)
U80 Düsseldorf HauptbahnhofMERKUR SPIEL-Arena/Messe Nord planned - -
U81 Neuss Hauptbahnhof - Ratingen West planned - -
U82 Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof - Flughafen Bahnhof planned - -
U83 Gerresheim-Krankenhaus – Wehrhahn (S)Heinrich-Heine-AlleeBilk (S) – Benrath, Betriebshof 2016 18.3 35 (6)

Future expansion[edit]

Trench for the new Wehrhahn-Linie; photo from 2008
Station Schadowstraße from the new Wehrhahn-Linie

Currently there is no construction work for extension in progress. The planning for a new line towards Airport (U81) has started.

Rolling Stock[edit]

There are a total of 135 trainsets for the Düsseldorf Stadtbahn.[1] There are 103 six-axle articulated tramsets (B80), which are operated on the lines U70 and U74-U79 as well as 32 eight-axle articulated tramsets (GT8SU).[1] , which are mostly found on the lines U75 and U77. Both the B80 and the GT8SU have a floor at around 90cm above the tracks. Furthermore, the lines U71-U73 and U83 are operated by eight-axle trainsets of type NF8U, which have a floor height of 30cm above the tracks.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Inline citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Zahlenübersicht Stand 31. Dezember 2012" [Figures Summary as of December 31, 2012] (PDF) (in German). Rheinbahn. December 31, 2012. p. 7. Retrieved 2013-10-19.

Books[edit]

  • Dieter Höltge: Straßen- und Stadtbahnen in Deutschland Band 4: Ruhrgebiet von Dortmund bis Duisburg, EK-Verlag, 1994, ISBN 3-88255-334-0.
  • Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf Amt für Verkehrsmanagement: Nahverkehrsplan 2002–2007. Veröffentlichung, Düsseldorf 2003
  • Hans G. Nolden: Die Düsseldorfer Straßenbahn. GeraMond Verlag, München 1998, ISBN 3-932785-02-9.
  • Axel Schild, Dieter Waltking: Die Rheinbahn Stadtverkehr in und um Düsseldorf. alba, Düsseldorf 1996, ISBN 3-87094-355-6.
  • Richard Jacobi, Dieter Zeh: Die Geschichte der Düsseldorfer Straßenbahn Von der Pferdetram zur Stadtbahn. EK-Verlag, Freiburg 1995, ISBN 3-88255-401-0.
  • Friedhelm Blennemann: U-Bahnen und Stadtbahnen in Deutschland Planung Bau Betrieb. alba, Düsseldorf 1975, ISBN 3-87094-304-1.
  • Fritz D. Kegel: U-Bahnen in Deutschland Planung Bau Betrieb. alba, Düsseldorf 1971.
  • Robert Schwandl: Schnellbahnen in Deutschland. Robert Schwandl Verlag, Berlin 2007, ISBN 978-3-936573-18-3.

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