Treuchtlingen–Würzburg railway

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Karte Bahnstrecke Würzburg-Treuchtlingen.png
Native name Bahnstrecke Treuchtlingen-Würzburg
Type Heavy rail, Passenger/freight rail
Regional rail, Intercity rail
Status Operational
Locale Bavaria
Termini Treuchtlingen
Stations 14
Line number 5321
Opened Stages between 1859-1869
Owner Deutsche Bahn
Operator(s) DB Bahn
Line length 140.2 km (87.1 mi)
Number of tracks Double track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 15 kV/16.7 Hz AC
Overhead catenary
Operating speed 160 km/h (99 mph) (maximum)
Route number 920
Route map
 Operating points and lines[1] 
from Augsburg Hbf(Nuremberg–Augsburg)
from Ingolstadt Hbf(Ingolstadt–Treuchtlingen)
0.0 Treuchtlingen
to Nuremberg Hbf(Nuremberg–Augsburg)
4.0 Wettelsheim
8.0 Markt Berolzheim
11.3 Ehlheim
15.2 Windsfeld-Dittenheim
B 13
23.0 Altmühl(162 m)
from Nördlingen(Nördlingen–Gunzenhausen)
23.7 Gunzenhausen
to Pleinfeld(Gunzenhausen–Pleinfeld)
B 13
29.8 Muhr am See(früher Altenmuhr)
35.6 Triesdorf
B 13
41.4 Winterschneidbach
A 6
from Nuremberg Hbf(Nuremberg–Crailsheim)
51.4 Ansbach
to Crailsheim(Nürnberg–Crailsheim)
59.6 Lehrberg
B 13
64.2 Rosenbach (Bay)
70.8 Oberdachstetten
B 13
79.9 Burgbernheim Wildbad(formerly: Burgbernheim station)
B 470
from Neustadt (Aisch) Bf(Neustadt–Steinach)
from Rothenburg o. d. T.(Steinach–Dombühl)
83.1 Steinach (b Rothenb)
90.1 Ermetzhofen
B 13
96.2 Uffenheim
102.6 Herrnberchtheim
106.3 Gnötzheim
112.0 Obernbreit
113.5 Marktbreit
A 7
119.0 Ochsenfurt
to Weikersheim(Gau Railway)
123.3 Goßmannsdorf
126.2 Winterhausen
128.6 Rottenbauer
A 3
132.5 Randersacker
133.9 Würzburg-Heidingsfeld Ost(former passenger station)
134.8 from Stuttgart Hbf(Franconia Railway)
135.5 Main(208 m)
B 19
137.6 Würzburg Süd
from Nuremberg Hbf(Nuremberg–Würzburg)
and Bamberg(Bamberg–Würzburg)
140.2 Würzburg Hbf
to Hannover Hbf(Hannover–Würzburg)
to Hanau Hbf(Main-Spessart Railway)

The Treuchtlingen–Würzburg railway is a 140 km long main line in the northwest of the German state of Bavaria. It runs from Treuchtlingen in southern Middle Franconia through Gunzenhausen, Ansbach, Steinach (b Rothenb), Marktbreit and Ochsenfurt to the capital of Lower Franconia, Würzburg. It was opened in three separate sections and is one of the oldest lines in Germany.


Winterhausen station

The current through line originally consisted of three short lines. Ansbach initially had no connection with the Ludwig South-North Railway, completed between Nuremberg and Augsburg in 1849. It decided to finance a railway to Gunzenhausen, which opened on 1 July 1859 and the Royal Bavarian State Railways took responsibility for operations on the line. The rest of the Treuchtlingen–Würzburg line was only completed after the enactment of the Railway Construction Act of 1861. On 1 July 1864, the Würzburg–Ansbach section was opened. On 2 October 1869, this was followed by the Gunzenhausen–Treuchtlingen section, which was built as the northern part of the Altmühl Railway, which runs from Treuchtlingen through the Altmühl valley through Eichstätt to Ingolstadt.


The route is 140 km long and once had 29 stations, of which 14 are still served. The route is double track throughout and has been fully electrified since 15 March 1965.

Transport Associations[edit]

The northern section from Würzburg to Marktbreit is served by the Mainfranken Transport Association (Verkehrsverbund Mainfranken, VVM), established in 2004. From Uffenheim to Treuchtlingen the line is served by the Greater Nuremberg Transport Association (Verkehrsverbund Großraum Nürnberg,VGN)


ICE 2 between Wettelsheim and Treuchtlingen
Steinach station

The line formerly had an important role for German north–south long-distance trains. Even today, some pairs of Intercity-Express trains continue to run between Hamburg and Bremen and Munich without stopping between Würzburg and Augsburg. There is also a daily pair of InterCity trains (called the Königssee) and some extra weekend trains, which stop in Treuchtlingen, Gunzenhausen and Ansbach, and sometimes in Steinach.

Regular interval trains run every hour as Treuchtlingen–Würzburg Regionalbahn services, consisting of four or five modernised Silberling carriages, drawn by locomotives of class 111, 112 or 143. Some additional services during peak times on weekdays increase frequencies to approximately 30 minute intervals between Ansbach and Würzburg. Some additional trains run through Würzburg on the Main–Spessart railway to Karlstadt am Main.

The line is of great importance for freight. Many freight trains run on the line from Würzburg to Munich and Nuremberg; the capacity is insufficient in places today. It is used by many locomotive types, and private operators are well represented.


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