Landeck-Zams railway station
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|Elevation||776 m (2,546 ft)|
|Owned by||Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)|
|Operated by||Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)|
|Opened||1 June 1883|
|Electrified||19 December 1923|
Landeck-Zams railway station (formerly named Landeck) is a railway station on the Arlberg railway between Innsbruck and Bludenz in Tyrol, Austria. It is frequented by more than 2000 travellers a day, whereby a majority of them are commuters that are working or studying in Innsbruck.
Beside its function as an important commuter station, Landeck-Zams also serves as an important station for the operations flow on the Arlberg line, since the ramp section of Europe's most difficult mountain railway (max. 26 ‰ on the east- and 31 ‰ on the west-ramp) starts in Landeck. Therefore, banking engines are often coupled (or decoupled) to heavy freight- or passenger trains. Even the Orient Express takes a short stop in Landeck for this reason.
Because of the single track design of the mountain section of the line, a closing between Bludenz and Landeck (sometimes Ötztal) can be necessary in exceptional cases (maintenance works or natural disasters). Passenger transport is then adopted by a rail replacement service. For this reason the station forecourt of Landeck is laid out for offering parking space to enough coaches if necessary.
The most important connections are the bihourly running ÖBB-EuroCity trains from Basel and Zürich, respectively Bregenz to Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna West). Regional trains are only going eastbound to Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof and Hall in Tirol since the regional traffic between Landeck and St. Anton was completely abandoned and displaced by an improved coach service. Once a day there is also a connection to Dortmund or Münster in Germany.
In the winter season the station of Landeck is additionally frequented by ski-trains, predominantly from Denmark and the Netherlands. This trains are often stabled in Landeck for the holiday duration of their passengers.
The following lines depart from Landeck-Zams:
- Pians–Strengen–Flirsch–Pettneu am Arlberg–St. Anton am Arlberg
- Prutz–Ried im Oberinntal–Tösens–Pfunds–(Martina, Switzerland: connection to Scuol )/Nauders: connection to Mals, Italy
- Prutz–Ried im Oberinntal–Ladis–Fiss–Serfaus
- Zams–Schönwies–Mils bei Imst–Imst
- Stanz bei Landeck