Wanne-Eickel Hauptbahnhof

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Wanne-Eickel Hauptbahnhof

The station building
Category 3
Type Through station
Platforms in use 8
DS100 code EWAN
Construction and location
  • 1856 (freight yard)
  • 1864 (passenger station)
Location Herne
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Home page bahnhof.de
51°31′53″N 7°9′57″E / 51.53139°N 7.16583°E / 51.53139; 7.16583Coordinates: 51°31′53″N 7°9′57″E / 51.53139°N 7.16583°E / 51.53139; 7.16583
Route information
List of railway stations in North Rhine-Westphalia

Wanne-Eickel Hauptbahnhof is a railway station in the former city of Wanne-Eickel, now part of Herne in western Germany.


The station grew out of the Pluto-Thies freight yard, opened in 1856 on the Duisburg–Dortmund line section of the Cologne-Minden Railway Company's trunk line, which was opened in 1847. In 1864, a halt was opened there for passengers. In 1867 a new freight yard was opened, which was initially called Pluto, but changed to Wanne (literally “basin”, a description of the landscape) in 1869, because the surrounding villages could not agree on a name for the yard. The station's name was reflected in 1875 when the villages of Eickel, Bicker, Crange, Holsterhausen and Röhlinghausen were merged under the name of Amt Wanne.[1]

With the opening of the line to Münster on 1 January 1870, Wanne station became a railway junction. In 1913 the station building and the track work were rebuilt and extended.

After the formation of the city of Wanne-Eickel in 1926, the station was renamed Wanne-Eickel Hauptbahnhof. It became the largest marshalling yard in the central Ruhr area and the only station in the Ruhr that included all four forms of rail operations: in addition to its role as a marshalling yard, it was the home depot for over 300 locomotives along with associated rolling stock, a freight yard and a passenger station.

Current operations[edit]

Wanne-Eickel Hauptbahnhof is a station of major traffic importance as a crossroads on the east-west Dortmund–Duisburg line and the north-south Münster–Essen line, which among other things, is the beginning of the Rollbahn (rolling railway) to Hamburg. In addition, the station is located on the Emscher Valley Railway (Dortmund–Wanne-Eickel–Dorsten) and the Bochum–Gelsenkirchen Railway (also known as the Glückauf-Bahn—“good luck railway”). Part of the old marshalling yard still operates with shunting from west to east over a hump, but other freight operations are closed.

Following the merger of the cities of Herne and Wanne-Eickel in 1975 the name of the station remained as Wanne–Eickel Hauptbahnhof, although it is the largest station in the city of Herne on its current boundaries. In 2003, Deutsche Bahn planned to rename it Herne-Wanne or Herne Hauptbahnhof. However, these plans met with considerable resistance in the Wanne area, as well as from local politicians in Herne.



Wanne-Eickel is served by one InterCity service:

Line Route
IC 35 Norddeich Mole – Leer (Ostf.) – Münster (Westf)Wanne-EickelGelsenkirchenOberhausenDuisburgDüsseldorfCologneBonnKoblenzTrierLuxembourg


Wanne-Eickel is served by the two Regional-Express and three Regionalbahn lines, as well as the Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn.

Line Line name Route
RE 2 Rhein-Haard-Express MönchengladbachKrefeldDuisburgEssenWanne-EickelGelsenkirchenRecklinghausenMünster (Westf)
RE 3 Rhein-Emscher-Express Düsseldorf – Duisburg – OberhausenWanne-Eickel – Gelsenkirchen – HerneDortmundHamm (Westf)
RB 42 Haard-Bahn Essen – Wanne-Eickel – Gelsenkirchen – Recklinghausen – Haltern – Münster (Westf)
RB 43 Emschertal-Bahn DorstenWanne-Eickel – Herne – Dortmund
RB 46 Glückauf-Bahn Gelsenkirchen – Wanne-Eickel – Bochum
S 2 Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn ((Duisburg / Essen –) Gelsenkirchen ) / Recklinghausen – Herne – Dortmund
Preceding station   Abellio Rail   Following station
RB 46
toward Bochum Hbf
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
RE 2
toward Münster Hbf
toward Essen Hbf
RB 42
toward Münster Hbf
Preceding station   NordWestBahn   Following station
toward Dorsten
RB 43
toward Dortmund Hbf
Preceding station   eurobahn   Following station
RE 3
toward Hamm
Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn   Following station
S 2
toward Dortmund Hbf


  1. ^ "Wanne-Eickel Hauptbahnhof (EWAN) operations". NRW rail archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 

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