|Neufahrn–München Flughafen West junction link|
|Native name||Neufahrner Spange|
|Line length||7.3 km (4.5 mi)|
|Number of tracks||2 throughout|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||15 kV/16.7 Hz AC catenary|
Munich Airport S-Bahn service
The Neufahrn Link (German: Neufahrner Spange) is a double-track and electrified main line in the German state of Bavaria. It connects Neufahrn bei Freising station on the Munich–Regensburg railway with Munich Airport.
The line branches to the northeast from Neufahrn bei Freising station at a grade-separated junction from the Munich–Regensburg railway. After a few hundred metres it meets the A92 autobahn and then runs parallel with it. In Achering it passes under the B11 at Freising South interchange. After that, the line runs along the autobahn through the Isar grassland, crosses the Isar and then follows the airport access road. Just before the perimeter of the airport, it reaches München Flughafen (Munich Airport) West junction on the Munich East–Munich Airport railway.
After the opening of the Munich Airport in 1992, the only line that connected it to the rail network was the Munich East–Munich Airport railway. The Neufahrn Link was built to establish a second connection. The first sod was turned for the construction on 18 March 1997 and the line was opened on 29 November 1998.
The line is served at 20-minute intervals by the of the Munich S-Bahn. This runs from Munich East via the S-Bahn trunk line and the Munich–Regensburg railway to Neufahrn. Here trains are usually uncoupled. The front section continues on to Freising and the rear section runs over the Neufahrn Link to the airport. In addition to the S-Bahn, occasional freight trains run to the airport.
As part of the Erding Ring Closure (Erdinger Ringschluss) project, the airport will also be linked to eastern Bavaria. This project includes the construction of the so-called Neufahner Gegenkurve ("Neufahn counter curve"), which would branch off before Neufahrn station to cross the A 92 and then join the line towards Freising and Regensburg.
- Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas). Schweers + Wall. 2009. p. 107. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
- "Map at the infrastructure register" (in German). Deutsche Bahn. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- "History of the Neufahrner Spange" (in German). IGS Web. Retrieved 20 March 2013.