Beginning of the climb to Hochdahl
|Location||Erkrath, North Rhine-Westphalia
|Opened||20 December 1838 |
The station was opened along with the Düsseldorf–Elberfeld railway from Düsseldorf to Erkrath by the Düsseldorf-Elberfeld Railway Company on 20 December 1838. The line between Erkrath and Hochdahl has a gradient of 3.33% and rises 82 m in about 2.5 km. For more than one hundred years, this was the steepest main line in Europe. For many years trains had to be hauled by cable, originally driven by a stationary steam engine. A few months later haulage by cable attached to a stationary steam engine was changed to haulage by cable attached via pulleys to a locomotive running downhill on an additional track. With the duplication of the remainder of the line in 1865, the steep section of line became three-track, until the electrification of the line in 1963. The third track was rebuilt in 1985, as part of the additional third track built for the planned S-Bahn line. In 1926, cable haulage on the incline was replaced by bank engines.
The station is served by the Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn lines S 8 between Mönchengladbach and Wuppertal-Oberbarmen or Hagen every 20 minutes and several S 68 services between Wuppertal-Vohwinkel and Langenfeld in the peak hour.
|Preceding station||Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn||Following station|
toward Mönchengladbach Hbf
toward Hagen Hbf
toward Wuppertal-Vohwinkel Hbf
It is also served by four bus routes operated by Rheinbahn: O5 (every 20-60 minutes), O6 (20), 734 (60) and 743 (60).
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- "Line 2550: Aachen - Kassel". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
- "Erkrath station". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
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