Erkrath station

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Erkrath station
Through station
Beginn der Steilstrecke Erkrath Hochdahl Erkrath S-Bahnhof.JPG
Beginning of the climb to Hochdahl
Location Erkrath, North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates 51°13′13″N 6°54′11″E / 51.22038°N 6.902955°E / 51.22038; 6.902955Coordinates: 51°13′13″N 6°54′11″E / 51.22038°N 6.902955°E / 51.22038; 6.902955
Platforms 2
Other information
Station code 1646
DS100 code KER
Category 5 [1]
Opened 20 December 1838 [2]

Erkrath station is a through station in the town of Erkrath in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has two platform tracks and it is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 5 station.[1]


The station was opened along with the Düsseldorf–Elberfeld railway from Düsseldorf to Erkrath by the Düsseldorf-Elberfeld Railway Company on 20 December 1838.[3] 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.[4]

Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn   Following station
S 8
toward Hagen Hbf
toward Langenfeld
S 68

It is also served by four bus routes operated by Rheinbahn: O5 (every 20-60 minutes), O6 (20), 734 (60) and 743 (60).


  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2017" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Erkrath station operations". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Line 2550: Aachen - Kassel". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Erkrath station". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 30 October 2011.