Rheinhausen station

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Rheinhausen station
Deutsche Bahn
Through station
Bahnhof Rheinhausen.jpg
Station building
Location Windmühlenstr. 28, Rheinhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates 51°23′37″N 6°42′24″E / 51.39361°N 6.70667°E / 51.39361; 6.70667Coordinates: 51°23′37″N 6°42′24″E / 51.39361°N 6.70667°E / 51.39361; 6.70667
Platforms 4
Other information
Station code 5253[1]
DS100 code KRH[2]
IBNR 8000317
Category 4[1]
Website www.bahnhof.de
Opened 8 October 1877[3]
Previous names
  • Rheinhausen-Friemersheim
  • Friemersheim
  • Rheinhausen(Nrh)-Friemersheim

Rheinhausen station is located in the Duisburg suburb of Rheinhausen in the Lower Rhine region of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It lies on the Duisburg-Ruhrort–Mönchengladbach railway and is the starting point of the Lower Rhine Railway towards Xanten.


The station is not in central Rheinhausen, but in the suburb of Friemersheim. However, Friemersheim was incorporated into the new city of Rheinhausen in 1934 and has been part of the Duisburg borough of Rheinhausen since 1975.

In front of the station is a shopping mall, which leads to Friemersheim market. The Kruppsee (lake) and its environs is a recreation area next to the line towards Krefeld. Behind the station are extensive residential areas, which are part of central Rheinhausen.


Freight yard with passenger platforms in the background, 2015

The first Rheinhausen station was built with the construction of the Osterath–Essen railway of the Rhenish Railway Company (RheinischeEisenbahn-Gesellschaft) and formed the station at the western end of the Ruhrort–Homberg train ferry. It was located in the municipality of Hochemmerich, south of the Duisburg–Hochfeld railway bridge, which was built in 1873, on the site now containing a port and logistics centre called Logport. With the construction of the bridge, the old station was demolished and a new Rheinhausen station was erected on the municipal territory of Friemersheim. This went into operation on 8 October 1877. The Prussian state railways rebuilt the station in 1894 due to the increased traffic volume.[4]

The station building, which had been erected in 1877 on the Kruppstraße in Friemersheim, was demolished in 1904. The construction of the entrance building was mainly related to the construction of the Rheinhausen–Kleve railway. The new entrance building was built on Windmühlenstraße, not far from the former station building. The station was given the double name of Rheinhausen-Friemersheim on 1 May 1904 at the initiative of the Friemersheim mayor. With the commissioning of a halt at the Friedrich-Alfred steelworks to the east of the station, which was given the name of Rheinhausen, the original station was renamed Friemersheim. In 1923, the municipalities of Hochemmerich and Friemersheim were merged into the municipality of Rheinhausen. In 1936/37, Friemersheim station was renamed Rheinhausen , while Rheinhausen halt was renamed Rheinhausen Ost .[4][3]

RE 11 near Mönchengladbach Hbf on platform 3, 2015

In 1915, during the First World War, various offices were added. From the beginning of the 1920s onwards, there was growing criticism of the state of the waiting rooms. At the same time, plans were made to merge the Friemersheim and Rheinhausen stations as a single central passenger station. The redevelopment of the waiting rooms was continually postponed because of the latter proposal. However, the new central station did not eventuate.[4]

The tunnel under the platforms has remained in the original form from the period when the station building was built. It was extended between 2006 and 2007 to the north side of the railways and under a newly-built approach road to Logport called Am Logport. The platforms are now also accessible from the Hochemmerich side through the district around Behringstraße, Lindenallee and Maiblumenstraße.[5] In 2014/15, the entrance were adapted for the needs of the disabled, with both the platform and the entrance from Friemersheim equipped with wheelchair-accessible ramps.[6]

The Rheinhausen (Friemersheim) West signal box was built at the time of the construction of the station building on Windmühlenstraße. It was built on the abutment of an overpass over the railway tracks. The overpass was replaced by the Rheingoldstraße/Bachstraße underpass at the end of the 1950s as the bridge was no longer able to cope with the increasing truck and car traffic because of its restricted width and load capacity. In addition, its clearance was insufficient for the later electrification of the line. The Rmf signal box (Rheinhausen Mittefahrtsleiter), which was built in brick construction and positioned east of the railway station between the railway lines, was put into service in 1890 and replaced in 1973 by a relay interlocking on Kruppstraße.[5]


The now closed station building of 1904 stands on the southern side of the tracks. The station has two island platforms, which are connected by a tunnel, which was extended in 2007 to a new entrance on the northern side of the tracks.

The southern platform gives access to tracks 3 and 4, which are on the lines between Duisburg Hauptbahnhof and Krefeld Hauptbahnhof. Tracks 1 and 2 branch off the line from Duisburg east of the station at a level junction and run to the northern platform, which is used by trains to and from Moers and Xanten.

Track Line Route
1 RB 31 Moers, Xanten
2 RB 31 Duisburg
3 RE 42RB 33RB 35 Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Aachen
4 RE 42RB 33RB 35 Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Münster, Oberhausen, Wesel

Rail services[edit]

Rheinhausen station is served by four regional transport services.[7] The RE 42 and RB 33 services are operated by DB Regio NRW. RB 31 has been operated since 13 December 2009 by NordWestBahn.[8] RB 35 is operated by Abellio Rail.

Line Name Route KBS
RE 42 Niers-Haard-Express MünsterHaltern am SeeRecklinghausenGelsenkirchenEssen HbfMülheim (Ruhr) HbfDuisburg HbfRheinhausen – Krefeld-Uerdingen – Krefeld HbfMönchengladbach Hbf 490
RB 31 Der Niederrheiner Xanten – MoersRheinhausen – Duisburg Hbf 498
RB 33 Rhein-Niers-Bahn Duisburg Hbf – Rheinhausen – Krefeld Hbf – Mönchengladbach Hbf – Aachen Hbf 490
RB 35 Emscher-Niederrhein-Bahn WeselOberhausen Hbf – Duisburg – Rheinhausen – Krefeld – Viersen – Mönchengladbach 490
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
RE 42
toward Münster Hbf
toward Aachen Hbf
RB 33
toward Duisburg Hbf
Preceding station   NordWestBahn   Following station
toward Xanten
RB 31
Der Niederrheiner
Preceding station   Abellio Rail   Following station
RB 35
toward Wesel


  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2017" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  3. ^ a b "Rheinhausen station (KRH) operations". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Friedrich Albert Meyer (1956). Rheinhausen am Niederrhein im geschichtlichen Werden (in German). Rheinhausen. pp. 489–497. 
  5. ^ a b "Bahnhof Rheinhausen – Historisches" (in German). Modell-Eisenbahn-Club Duisburger Eisenbahn-Freunde. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Bahnhof Rheinhausen wird zügig umgebaut". NRZ (in German). 9 December 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Rheinhausen station". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  8. ^ NordWestBahn: Blau-gelbe Züge bald am Niederrhein Retrieved 12 February 2010

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