Solingen Hauptbahnhof

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Solingen Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn
Through station
LocationBahnstr. 5, Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates51°09′41.5″N 7°00′15″E / 51.161528°N 7.00417°E / 51.161528; 7.00417Coordinates: 51°09′41.5″N 7°00′15″E / 51.161528°N 7.00417°E / 51.161528; 7.00417
Other information
Station code5882
DS100 codeKSO
Opened25 September 1867
Previous namesOhligs-Wald

Solingen Hauptbahnhof is the only railway station in Solingen, Germany, to be served by ICE and IC long distance trains. Solingen-Mitte station serves central Solingen, but only has Regionalbahn trains.


The first station in the area of present-day town of Solingen was built with the opening of the Gruiten-Cologne-Mülheim railway by the Bergisch-Märkische Railway Company.[1] The station opened on 25 September 1867 and was named Ohligs Wald ("Ohligs forest").[2] That same year a branch line to Solingen was built from this station.[3] In 1890, the Wald part of the name was dropped and with the incorporation of Ohligs into Solingen in 1929, the station was renamed Solingen-Ohligs.[2] In 1894, the line from Hilden was opened.[4]

The importance of the Solingen-Ohligs station always exceeded that of the other stations in Solingen, including the old Solingen Hauptbahnhof, since only Ohligs station is located on a main line. Consequently, it was the stopping point for long-distance traffic. This factor lead to the discussion of renaming this station to Hauptbahnhof and giving the Hauptbahnhof a new name. These discussions, however, never came to a conclusion, so the station kept its name until the end of 2006. With the decommissioning of the old Hauptbahnhof in May 2006, Solingen-Ohligs station was renamed as Solingen Hauptbahnhof on 10 December 2006.[2]

Operational usage[edit]

Long distance trains[edit]

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
towards Hannover
ICE 43
towards Basel SBB
towards Frankfurt
ICE 91
towards Vienna
IC/EC 31
towards Frankfurt
towards Dresden
IC 55

Regional trains[edit]

Preceding station   National Express   Following station
toward Rheine Hbf
RE 7
toward Krefeld Hbf
RB 48
toward Bonn-Mehlem
Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn   Following station
toward Dortmund Hbf
S 1Terminus
S 7Terminus


  1. ^ "Line 2730: Gruiten - Neurather Ring". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Solingen Hbf operations". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Line 2675: Solingen Hbf - Remscheid Hbf". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Line 2671: Hilden - Solingen Hbf". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 2 October 2011.

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