Sopot railway station

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Sopot
Railway Station
Sopotcentrum.JPG
Sopot railway station
Location Sopot, Pomeranian Voivodeship
Poland
Operated by PKP
Przewozy Regionalne
SKM Tricity
Koleje Mazowieckie (summer only)
Line(s) 202: Gdańsk–Stargard railway
250: Gdańsk Śródmieście–Rumia railway
Platforms 4
Tracks 4
History
Opened 1 July 1870; 146 years ago (1870-07-01)
Electrified yes
Location
Sopot is located in Poland
Sopot
Sopot
Sopot (Poland)

Sopot railway station is the main railway station serving the city of Sopot, in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland. The station opened in 1870 and is located on the Gdańsk–Stargard railway and the parallel Gdańsk Śródmieście–Rumia railway. The train services are operated by PKP, Przewozy Regionalne and SKM Tricity. Koleje Mazowieckie trains operate here during the summer.

General information[edit]

The station features two island platforms, of which one functions as the regional commuter SKM stop and the other for long distance services. The platforms are accessible through two underpasses, one of which connects both tracks. The ticket offices are open all day long.

History[edit]

The station around 1890.
One of the old station buildings in 2006.

The station was built in the years 1868-1870.[1] The railway reached Sopot from Gdańsk (11.7 km) on 1 July 1870. On 1 September of the same year the line from Slupsk and Gdynia (119.5 km) reached Sopot.

In 1907 the first overpass in Sopot was built at ul. Podjazd and in 1909 a pedestrian tunnel was built.

In 1884 the railway station was used by 134,709 passengers. In 1925 this was 11x greater with 1,522,672 passengers. For comparison, at the station Gdańsk Główny in the same year 3,445,006 tickets were sold. In 1909 Sopot had direct train connections from Berlin, Bydgoszcz, Konigsberg, St. Petersburg, Poznan, Szczecin, Torun and Warsaw.

In 1912 the first work began for the construction of a separate pair of tracks for urban traffic from Gdańsk Główny towards Sopot. The work interrupted by the outbreak of World War I.[2] This line was completed between Gdańsk and Sopot Wyścigi in 1925. After World War II, in 1950, it was decided to continue work on the separation of suburban traffic. In 1952 SKM arrived in Sopot and a year later, on 22 July 1953 it was extended to Gdynia (one track). On 1 May 1954 the second track was opened.[3]

Station building[edit]

Identical or similar stations were built in Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz, Gdańsk Oliwa, Gdynia Chylonia, Reda, Wejherowo and probably in Lębork. Most of the pre-war station and buildings no longer exist, except for the original platform roofs. In 1945, the first station building was burnt down. Soviet troops won the city from the Gdynia direction and proceeded to the station along the railway tracks. In the area of the station resistance was encountered, which was strongly suppressed.[4] In 1947, the station was rebuilt and the ground floor was used for construction in the 1970s, or according to other sources - in 1972, the second station building.

Modernisation[edit]

The old station as seen in 2011.

The functionalist 1970s ticket building was torn down in 2013 to make way for a complete redevelopment of the entire station and its surrounding area. This development project was completed and opened on 18 December 2015 after earlier deadlines were missed. The station area is now known as Sopot Centrum.

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • EuroCity services (EC) Gdynia - Gdansk - Bydgoszcz - Poznan - Rzepin - Frankfurt (Oder) - Berlin
  • EuroCity services (EC) Gdynia - Gdansk - Malbork - Warsaw - Katowice - Bohumin - Ostrava - Prerov - Breclav - Vienna
  • Intercity services Gdynia - Gdansk - Malbork - Warsaw - Krakow - Rzeszow
  • Intercity services Gdynia - Gdansk - Malbork - Warsaw - Katowice - Bielsko-Biala
  • Intercity services Gdynia - Gdansk - Bydgoszcz - Torun - Kutno - Lowicz - Warsaw - Lublin - Rzeszow - Zagorz / Przemysl
  • Intercity services Gdynia - Gdansk - Bydgoszcz - Torun - Kutno - Lodz - Czestochowa - Katowice - Bielsko-Biala
  • Intercity services Gdynia - Gdansk - Bydgoszcz - Torun - Kutno - Lodz - Czestochowa - Krakow - Zakopane
  • Intercity services Gdynia - Gdansk - Bydgoszcz - Poznan - Wroclaw / Zielona Gora
  • Intercity services Szczecin - Stargard - Bialogard - Koszalin - Slupsk - Lebork - Gdynia - Gdansk - Malbork - Elblag - Olsztyn - Elk - Bialystok
  • Regional services (R) Gdynia - Sopot - Gdansk - Tczew - Malbork - Elblag - Ilawa - Olsztyn
  • Regional services (R) Gdynia - Sopot - Gdansk - Tczew - Laskowice - Bydgoszcz
  • Szybka Kolej Miejska services (SKM) Wejherowo - Reda - Rumia - Gdynia - Sopot - Gdansk
Preceding station   PKP   Following station
Terminus
EuroCity
toward Berlin Hbf
Terminus
EuroCity
toward Wien Hbf
Terminus
PKP
Terminus
PKP
Terminus
PKP
Terminus
PKP
PKP
Preceding station   Przewozy Regionalne   Following station
PR
PR
Preceding station   SKM Tricity   Following station
toward Wejherowo
SKM Tricity

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