Offenbach-Bieber–Dietzenbach railway

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Offenbach-Bieber–Dietzenbach
Dietzenbach station
Route number: 645.2
Line length: 9.6
Track gauge: 1435
Voltage: 15 kV 16.7 Hz AC
State: Hesse
Operating points and lines[1]
Rodgau Railway from Offenbach S1Frankfurt S1.svg S2Frankfurt S2.svg
4.2 Offenbach-Bieber
Rodgau Railway to Dieburg S1Frankfurt S1.svg
A 3
8.0 Heusenstamm
10.8 Steinberg crossover
11.5 Dietzenbach-Steinberg(siding )
11.5 Dietzenbach-Steinberg
12.7 Dietzenbach Mitte
13.8 Dietzenbach stationTerminus of S2Frankfurt S2.svg

The Offenbach-Bieber–Dietzenbach railway branches in Offenbach-Bieber station from the Rodgau Railway (German: Rodgaubahn) and runs via Heusenstamm to Dietzenbach in the German state of Hesse. The line is integrated into the Frankfurt S-Bahn network. It is served by line S 2.

History[edit]

The Offenbach-Bieber–Dietzenbach line was opened on 1 December 1898, following the opening of the Rodgau Railway in 1896. It was the result of continuing efforts at the local level since about 1870 to open up the area south of Offenbach am Main with a railway, but which was only adopted by the Grand Duchy of Hesse very slowly. So it took until 1888 for the government to finally give its approval and it took another ten years until the first train ran.

The first trains were steam hauled; after the Second World War trains were increasingly hauled by diesel locomotives. The importance of the connection lay in the growing commuter traffic from the district of Offenbach, especially for those working in the leather goods industry in Offenbach.

On 18 June 1982, passenger services were closed to Dietzenbach.

Operations[edit]

The establishment of an S-Bahn operation on the track was considered in the late 1950s. It was not, however, until 23 March 2001 that the line to Dietzenbach began to be reconstructed as a double-track electrified line of the Frankfurt S-Bahn network. A proposed extension of the line to Rödermark-Ober Roden via Rödermark-Urberach failed as it was found not to be economically justified. The last kilometre between Dietzenbach Mitte and Dietzenbach stations was built as a single track. The last station is near Spessartviertel (Spessart quarter, formerly called Starkenburgring), an area of high-rise residences. As a result of some incidents, the ceramic insulators on the catenary masts on the line near the housing were protected with bullet-proof metal plates.

S-Bahn operations began on line S 2 (NiedernhausenDietzenbach) at the beginning of the 2003/2004 timetable on 14 December 2003. The line is operated by DB Regio as part of the Rhine-Main S-Bahn network. After the conversion of the line for S-Bahn operations there remained only one siding on the line; it is in Dietzenbach-Steinberg and is used by a fruit wholesaler.[2][3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 edition ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  2. ^ "Dietzenbach-Steinberg" (in German). www.rodgau-s-bahn.de. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Industriegleis ohne Kunden" (in German). www.op-online.de. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

References[edit]

  • Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Hessen, ed. (2005). Eisenbahn in Hessen. Kulturdenkmäler in Hessen. Denkmaltopographie Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in German) 2.2. Stuttgart: Theiss Verlag. p. 810ff (line 066). ISBN 3-8062-1917-6.