Offenbach (Main) Hauptbahnhof

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Offenbach am Main Hauptbahnhof
Through station
Diba bahnhof offenbach 11.jpg
Location Offenbach am Main, Hesse
Germany
Coordinates 50°5′58″N 8°45′39″E / 50.09944°N 8.76083°E / 50.09944; 8.76083Coordinates: 50°5′58″N 8°45′39″E / 50.09944°N 8.76083°E / 50.09944; 8.76083
Line(s)
Platforms 6 [1]
Construction
Architect De la Sauce and Schenk
Architectural style Renaissance Revival
Other information
Station code 4742
DS100 code FO
Category 4 [2]
History
Opened 1873

Offenbach am Main Hauptbahnhof is a railway station serving the German city of Offenbach am Main. It is located on the Frankfurt–Bebra railway/South Main line between Frankfurt and Hanau on the south bank of the Main. It is also the starting point of the Rodgau Railway, via Obertshausen, Rodgau and Ober-Roden to Dieburg (originally to Reinheim).

History[edit]

Vogelbrunnen ("bird fountain") by Bruno Schäfer

The station was built from 1872 to 1873 during the construction of the Frankfurt–Bebra railway and was given an entrance building in Renaissance Revival style. It was commissioned by the Königliche Eisenbahndirektion (Royal Railway Division) of Frankfurt. Because of the development of the city around the line which was originally laid on the same level as the roads, the railway was put on an embankment between 1912 and 1926 so that the increasing road traffic could run under it. This forced the rail track field to be elevated. A new station building was out of the question because of the depressed economic conditions. The entrance building was radically restructured in the 1920s with a "conservative-traditionalist” appearance. The entrance building is listed as a monument under the Hessian Monument Protection Act.[3] There is fountain by Bruno Schaefer called Vogelbrunnen ("bird fountain") on the platform between tracks 1 and 2.

Significance[edit]

The station was temporarily connected to Deutsche Bahn’s Intercity-Express network in May 1996, but it now has few long-distance services. It has up to two Intercity services each day. Otherwise there are only regional services to destinations in Hesse and Bavaria.

Even before that Offenbach Hauptbahnhof had been greatly reduced in its importance, because a line of the Rhine-Main S-Bahn had been built through Offenbach. This runs in a tunnel under central Offenbach and bypasses the Hauptbahnhof. On its western side it partly uses the route of the former Frankfurt-Offenbach Local Railway (Frankfurt-Offenbach Lokalbahn).

After Deutsche Bahn had stopped investing in the station building for some time, the ticket office was closed in January 2011, so that Offenbach Hauptbahnhof no longer has any rail staff.

The city of Offenbach has proposed that Offenbach (Main) Ost station be declared the Hauptbahnhof because of its better transport connections. This would further reduce the significance of the current Hauptbahnhof.

Services[edit]

IC connections

(*) Only in the direction shown

Regional connections
  • SE 50: Wächtersbach – Gelnhausen – Langenselbold – Hanau Hbf – Offenbach (Main) Hbf – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
  • RE 50: (Bebra –) Fulda – Wächtersbach – Gelnhausen – Hanau Hbf – Offenbach (Main) Hbf – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
  • RE 55: (Nürnberg Hbf –) Würzburg Hbf – Aschaffenburg Hbf – Hanau Hbf – Offenbach (Main) Hbf – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
  • RE 64: (Erbach (Odenw) –) Groß-Umstadt Wiebelsbach – Babenhausen (Hess) – Seligenstadt (Hess) – Hanau Hbf – Offenbach (Main) Hbf – Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
RE 50
Kinzig Valley Railway
toward Fulda
SE 50
Kinzig Valley Railway
RE 55
Main-Spessart Railway
Preceding station   VIAS   Following station
RE 64
Odenwald Railway

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Station track plan" (PDF) (in German). Deutsche Bahn. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2015" [Station price list 2015] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Hessen, ed. (2005). Eisenbahn in Hessen. Kulturdenkmäler in Hessen. Denkmaltopographie Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in German). 2.1 (Strecke 019). Theiss Verlag Stuttgart. ISBN 3-8062-1917-6. 

References[edit]

  • Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Hessen, ed. (2005). Eisenbahn in Hessen. Kulturdenkmäler in Hessen. Denkmaltopographie Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in German). 2.1 (Strecke 019). Theiss Verlag Stuttgart. ISBN 3-8062-1917-6. 
  • Michael Hofmann (ISBN 978-3-937189-08-6). Die Eisenbahn in Offenbach und im Rodgau (in German). DGEG Medien 2004.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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