Ulm–Augsburg railway

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Augsburg–Ulm railway
Overview
Line number 5302
Technical
Line length 85.0 km (52.8 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 15 kV/16.7 Hz AC catenary
Operating speed 200 km/h (120 mph) (maximum)
Route number 980
Route map
0.0
Augsburg Hauptbahnhof
2.0
Augsburg-Oberhausen
to Gleisbauhof and Welden
Augsburg–Nuremberg railway
4.4
Augsburg Hirblinger Straße
6.3
Neusäß
Augsburg–Welden railway (old)
from Oberhausen and Gleisbauhof
7.9
Westheim (Schwab)
12.4
Diedorf (Schwab)
16.6
Gessertshausen
19.4
Kutzenhausen
27.8
Dinkelscherben
33.3
Gabelbach
37.7
Freihalden
42.5
Jettingen
45.7
Burgau (Schwab)
49.4
Mindelaltheim
53.2
Offingen
from Regensburg
55.9
Neuoffingen
61.4
Günzburg
61.8
62.0
66.5
Leipheim
69.4
71.0
Unterfahlheim
72.2
74.2
Nersingen
75.4
78.4
Burlafingen
81.1
EvoBus siding
Neu-Ulm Ost cut and cover (200 m)
83.8
Neu-Ulm
Neu-Ulm West cut and cover
(250 m)
85.0
94.0
Ulm Hauptbahnhof
to Tuttlingen
to Aalen
to Stuttgart
Source: German railway atlas[1]

The Ulm–Augsburg line is a German railway line. It was constructed as part of the Bavarian Maximilian's Railway. It was built for the Royal Bavarian State Railways as part of the east-west connection between Neu-Ulm in the west via Augsburg, Munich and Rosenheim to the Austrian border at Kufstein and Salzburg in the east.

History[edit]

The line was constructed as part of the Bavarian Maximilian Railway (German:Bayerische Maximiliansbahn), named after Maximilian II, king of Bavaria from 1848 to 1864. In 1851, it was decided to build a line connecting the German states and Italy via the Brenner Pass and via Salzburg towards Vienna and the Semmering Pass. It promised good traffic flows to and from the Austrian Adriatic port at Trieste. Appropriate conventions were agreed with the Kingdom of Württemberg and with the Austrian government in 1851. The Munich–Augsburg line, which had been opened by the Munich–Augsburg Railway Company (München-Augsburger Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft) in 1839 and 1840 and nationalised in 1846 was included in the new line.

The line connected to the Württemberg Southern Railway in Ulm and ran for 84 kilometers to Augsburg.

Construction[edit]

The 83.7 km line from Augsburg to Ulm was opened in four sections:

  • 1 May 1854 – Mitte Donaubrücke Ulm–Neu-Ulm, 1.3 km.
  • 26 September 1853 – Neu-Ulm–Burgau, 38.1 km.
  • 1 May 1854 – Burgau–Dinkelscherben, 17.9 km.
  • 26 September 1853 – Dinkelscherben–Augsburg, 26.4 km.

The line today[edit]

The line is a major traffic axis. Every hour or two Intercity-Express and InterCity trains run from Munich via Augsburg and Ulm to Stuttgart and from there to various other destinations.

Ulm–Augsburg upgraded line[edit]

The line between Ulm and Augsburg is part of the Stuttgart–Augsburg new and upgraded line project. Eventually this line should be part of the Magistrale for Europe from Paris via Strasbourg, Stuttgart and Ulm to Munich, Salzburg and Vienna.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas). Schweers + Wall. 2009. pp. 105–6, 163. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 

References[edit]

  • Ücker, Bernhard, 150 Jahre Eisenbahn in Bayern, Fürstenfeldbruck 1985 (in German)
  • Wolfgang Klee/Ludwig v. Welser, Bayern-Report, volumes 1–5, Fürstenfeldbruck, 1993–1995. (in German)
  • Dt. Reichsbahn, Die deutschen Eisenbahnen in ihrer Entwicklung 1835–1935, Berlin, 1935. (in German)

External links[edit]

  • Deutsche Bahn site for the NBS/ABS Augsburg-Olching-München project (in German)