Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof

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Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn Rhine-Neckar S-Bahn
Bahnhof Kaiserslautern.jpg
Location Bahnhofstr. 1, Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate
Germany
Coordinates 49°26′9″N 7°46′8″E / 49.43583°N 7.76889°E / 49.43583; 7.76889
Line(s)
Platforms

13

  • 7 through tracks
  • 6 terminal tracks
Other information
Station code 3082[1]
DS100 code SKL[2]
IBNR 8000189
Category 2[1]
Website www.bahnhof.de
History
Opened 1848

Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof is a through-station in the German city of Kaiserslautern and one of seven stations in the city. It is a stop on the Rhine-Neckar S-Bahn and Deutsche Bahn’s Intercity-Express network and a hub for all the regional trains of the western Palatinate. On 10 June 2007, the Rhealys high-speed rail consortium established a service with a stop in Kaiserslautern, reducing travel time to Paris to two and a half hours.

In 2003, the station building was renovated and it now houses among other things, a service point and several shops. The station provides step-free access to all platforms. The redesigned Kaiserslautern station forecourt includes a busy bus station, allowing a convenient transfer between bus and rail. Buses run to the University of Kaiserslautern, Betzenberg and the central bus interchanges at Schillerplatz and Rathaus, where there are connections to all bus routes.

Prior to the closure of the Einsiedlerhof marshalling yard, Kaiserslautern was a significant rail freight hub.

History[edit]

Kaiserslautern Hauptbahnhof was opened in 1848 along with the Homburg–Kaiserslautern section of the Palatine Ludwig Railway. The Palatine Ludwig Railway is still the most important line serving the station.

On 16 May 1871 the Alsenz Valley Railway was completed from Bad Münster to Hochspeyer; its trains ran into Kaiserslautern. To shorten the route for long-distance traffic, a line was opened on 15 May 1875 between Kaiserslautern and Enkenbach (at the closest point on the Alsenz Valley Railway), allowing trains to run between Kaiserslautern, Bad Kreuznach and the Ruhr and between Kaiserslautern, Worms and Frankfurt without having to pass through Hochspeyer.

It received a new entrance building in 1879. The Lauter Valley Railway was opened on 15 November 1883 between Kaiserslautern and Lauterecken-Grumbach. In 1913 the Kaiserslautern–Waldfischbach line opened, completing the Biebermühl Railway to Pirmasens.

The second station building was badly damaged in the Second World War and demolished after the war. The current station building was completed in the early 1950s.[3] It was rebuilt in 2003.

Connections[edit]

TGV on the way to Paris
InterCity train hauled by DB Class 120 locomotive in Kaiserslautern on the way to Saarbrücken

There are the following long-distance and local transport connections:

Long distance[edit]

Line Route Frequency
ICE 82 Paris – Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Frankfurt (Main) Five pairs of trains
ICE 50 Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Frankfurt (Main) – Erfurt – Leipzig – Dresden One pair of trains
IC/EC 62 Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – München – Salzburg Occasional
IC 50 Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern – Mannheim – Darmstadt – Frankfurt (Main) Occasional
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
towards Paris Est
ICE/TGV 82

S-Bahn and DB regional[edit]

Line Route Interval
S 1 Homburg – Kaiserslautern – Neustadt – Schifferstadt – Ludwigshafen – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Eberbach – Mosbach-Neckarelz – Osterburken 60 minutes
S 2 Kaiserslautern – Neustadt – Schifferstadt – Ludwigshafen – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Eberbach – Mosbach-Neckarelz – Mosbach 60 minutes
RE 1 Koblenz – Trier – Saarbrücken – Homburg – Kaiserslautern (– Neustadt – Mannheim) 60/120 minutes
RE 6 Kaiserslautern – Neustadt – Landau – Winden – Wörth – Karlsruhe 120 minutes
RE 15 Kaiserslautern – Winnweiler – Rockenhausen – Alsenz – Bad Münster am Stein Bad Kreuznach Bingen (Rhein) – Koblenz 120 minutes
RB 64 Kaiserslautern – Schopp – Waldfischbach – Pirmasens Nord Pirmasens 60 minutes
RB 65 Kaiserslautern – Enkenbach – Winnweiler – Rockenhausen – Alsenz – Bad Münster am Stein – Bad Kreuznach – Langenlonsheim – Bingen 60 minutes
RB 66 Kaiserslautern – Lampertsmühle-Otterbach – Olsbrücken – Wolfstein – Lauterecken-Grumbach 60 minutes
RB 67 Kaiserslautern – Landstuhl – Glan-Münchweiler – Altenglan – Kusel 60 minutes
RB 70 Kaiserslautern – Landstuhl – Hauptstuhl – Bruchmühlbach-Miesau – Homburg – Limbach – Kirkel – Saarbrücken 60 minutes
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
toward Koblenz Hbf
RE 1
Mosel-Saar-Express
Terminus
Terminus RE 6
RB 64
Biebermühlbahn
Terminus
Terminus RB 65
Alsenztalbahn
RB 66
Lautertalbahn
Terminus
toward Kusel
RB 67
Landstuhl–Kusel railway
Terminus
RB 70
Saartal-Bahn
Terminus
Preceding station   Vlexx   Following station
Terminus RE 15
toward Koblenz Hbf

Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2017" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  3. ^ Engbarth 2007, p. 24.

References[edit]

  • Emich, Hans-Joachim; Becker, Rolf (1996). Die Eisenbahnen an Glan und Lauter [The railways on the Glan and the Lauter] (in German). 
  • Engbarth, Fritz (2007). Von der Ludwigsbahn zum Integralen Taktfahrplan – 160 Jahre Eisenbahn in der Pfalz [From the Ludwig Railway to the Integral Timetable—160 years of Railways in the Palatinate] (in German). 
  • Sturm, Heinz (2005). Die pfälzischen Eisenbahnen [The Palatine Railways] (in German). Ludwigshafen am Rhein: pro MESSAGE. ISBN 3-934845-26-6. 

External links[edit]

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