Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach station

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Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach station
Through station
Location Groß-Umstadt, Hesse
Coordinates 49°49′59″N 8°56′27″E / 49.833100°N 8.940900°E / 49.833100; 8.940900Coordinates: 49°49′59″N 8°56′27″E / 49.833100°N 8.940900°E / 49.833100; 8.940900
Platforms 4
Other information
Station code 2303
DS100 code FWH
Category 5 [1]
Opened 27 December 1870

Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach station is a station on the Odenwald Railway (German: Odenwaldbahn) in the town of Groß-Umstadt in the German state of Hesse. The station is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 5 station.[1] The Odenwald Railway running from Eberbach branches at the station towards Darmstadt and Hanau. The station is located in the area administered by the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (Rhine-Main Transport Association, RMV).


Station building
Station building of 1871, now used as a maintenance depot

The station was opened on the 27 December 1870 along with the line to Babenhausen, which was extended to Hanau in 1882. The connection to Darmstadt was opened on 15 July 1871. The line to Erbach was opened on 24 December 1871 and it was extended to Eberbach in 1882. All of these lines and stations were built and operated by the Hessian Ludwig Railway (Hessische Ludwigsbahn).

The station was originally called Wiebelbach-Heubach. Wiebelbach and Heubach are now districts of Groß-Umstadt. The station is located at some distance from the two villages that it was named after and was described as standing "in the middle of a green meadow." Between 1984 and 1988, Wiebelbach-Heubach station was served by a long-distance express train between Frankfurt and Stuttgart[2] and it was considered as the most isolated station served by express trains in Germany.

The first station building from 1871 is still preserved. It stands opposite the current station building on the Wiebelbach side of the track and was used after the construction of the second station building as a maintenance depot. The second station building was built on the Heubach (eastern) side of the tracks from 1905 to 1910. It is an eclectic mixture of styles with elements of the Renaissance, Art Nouveau and the Heimatstil (literally “home-style”, related to the Swiss chalet style). Both buildings—as well as the entire Odenwald Railway—are protected as monuments under the Hessian Monument Protection Act.[3]

On 10 September 2005, the station was renamed—along with many other stations on the Odenwald Railway—to its current name.


In the station there is an electronic interlocking, which controls the entire Odenwald Railway.

Rolling stock[edit]

Bombardier Itino in Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach

The Odenwald railway is not electrified, so it is operated with Bombardier Itino diesel multiple units (class 613). All lines are operated by VIAS GmbH.


Line Route Frequency
RE 64 Frankfurt (Main) HbfOffenbach (Main) HbfHanau HbfBabenhausen (Hess)Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach (– Erbach (Odenw)) 60 min
RB 64 Hanau Hbf – Seligenstadt (Hess) – Babenhausen (Hess) – Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach 60 min
RE 65 Darmstadt HbfDarmstadt NordReinheim (Odenw)Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach – Erbach (Odenw) 120 min
SE 65 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – Darmstadt Nord – Reinheim (Odenw) – Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach – Erbach (Odenw) 120 min
RB 65 Darmstadt Hbf – Darmstadt Nord – Reinheim (Odenw) – Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach – Erbach (Odenw) – Eberbach 120 min

Some trains running as Regionalbahn service RB 65 to Darmstadt Central Station continue as RB 66 over the Main-Neckar Railway and the Pfungstadt Railway to Pfungstadt.

Preceding station   VIAS   Following station
RE 64
Odenwald Railway
toward Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach or Erbach
toward Hanau Hbf
RB 64
Odenwald Railway
RE 65
Odenwald Railway
SE 65
Odenwald Railway
RB 65
Odenwald Railway


  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2016" [Station price list 2016] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Utz von Wagner (2005). "Die Odenwaldbahn. Eine romantische Eisenbahnreise von Darmstadt nach Eberbach". Eisenbahn-Bildarchiv (in German). Freiburg (15): 8. ISBN 3-88255-354-5. 
  3. ^ Rödel, p. 445.


  • Volker Rödel, Heinz Schomann (2005). Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Hessen, ed. Eisenbahn in Hessen. Kulturdenkmäler in Hessen. Denkmaltopographie Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in German). 2.1.. Stuttgart: Theiss. pp. 437–459. ISBN 3-8062-1917-6. 

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