Kettwig station

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Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn
Kettwig station 1905.jpg
Kettwig station, 1905
Location Ruhrtalstraße 345
45219 Essen
Kettwig, Essen, NRW
Coordinates 51°21′48″N 6°57′13″E / 51.363376°N 6.953571°E / 51.363376; 6.953571Coordinates: 51°21′48″N 6°57′13″E / 51.363376°N 6.953571°E / 51.363376; 6.953571
Platforms 3
Other information
Station code 3166
DS100 code EKG[1]
Category 5[2]
Opened 1 February 1872[3]
Key dates
1968/1974 S-Bahn service started

Kettwig is a railway station in the city of Essen in western Germany on the Ruhr Valley Railway.


A first station at Kettwig was opened in 1871 by the Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn and passenger service on the line Düsseldorf-Kettwig-Kupferdreh was started on 1 February 1872. A proper station hall and ticket office was commissioned in 1873 and erected in 1875, the old station building was sold to Wermelskirchen. During 1873, another single-track railway line to Mülheim an der Ruhr was also built.

The BME was integrated into the state railways of Prussia in 1882, and in 1887 a second track was built between Kettwig and Werden. In 1905, Kettwig was upgraded to a 1st class station, with express trains like the Essen to Basel service calling at the station. A passenger tunnel to access the second platform was also constructed.

In 1926, after a construction time of over 13 years, a railway line to Velbert via Heiligenhaus was connected to the station, crossing the Ruhr on a third bridge.

In March, 1945 the Ruhr bridges at Kettwig were destroyed by the German army. Services to Mülheim and Velbert were carried out from Kettwig Stausee railway station instead, and only a single bridge connecting the line to Düsseldorf was ever constructed after World War II.

The Kettwig depot was closed in 1953 by the Deutsche Bundesbahn.

In 1968, the railway line Düsseldorf-Kettwig-Essen was fully electrified, and on May 22, 1968 the first line of the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn started calling at Kettwig. The S-Bahn line was renamed to S6 in 1974.

Services at the station were substantially cut by November 1, 1977 when the station lost its autonomy due to the merger of Kettwig with the city of Essen. The ticket hall and station hall were closed, and the station was downgraded to a dependent outpost of Essen Hauptbahnhof.

The former ticket hall building was sold to the city of Essen in 2001 and is now used as a cultural centre and restaurant.

The station today sees regular service by Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn trains on the S6 line.[4]

Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn   Following station
toward Köln-Nippes
S 6
toward Essen Hbf


  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  2. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2018" [Station price list 2018] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kettwig station operations". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kettwig station". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. 30 July 2013. 


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