Warsaw Cross-City Line
|Warsaw Cross-City Line|
Warsaw cross-city line (Polish: Linia Średnicowa) is a 7 km railway line crossing Central Warsaw in the East-West direction. Opened in 1933 and electrified in 1936, it initially had two tracks, with an additional two added in 1949. The central part of the line is in a tunnel, which 2.31 km long. It then crosses the Vistula by the Średnicowy railway bridge (445 m) long located between Poniatowski Bridge and Świętokrzyski Bridge.
The line provided a direct short link between Warszawa Wschodnia and Warszawa Zachodnia stations. The pre-1945 Warsaw Główna was located approximately halfway down the line. The station has been replaced by Warszawa Centralna, which is located to the west of the old station.
Since the 1970s, the older (southern) pair of tracks is used by regional trains run by Koleje Mazowieckie and Szybka Kolej Miejska. The regional trains use Warszawa Stadion, Warszawa Powiśle, Warszawa Śródmieście PKP and Warszawa Ochota stations (listed east-to-west), the long distance trains use Warszawa Centralna. A third set of tracks, which extend as far as the Warszawa Śródmieście WKD railway station, are used by the Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa (WKD) suburban light rail line.
Cross-City line at Warszawa Ochota station
Cross city tunnel seen at Warszawa Śródmieście station
Mouth of the cross city tunnel at Warszawa Powiśle station
Viaduct over Kruczkowskiego street in Powiśle
Średnicowy Bridge crossing the Vistula River
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