|Location||Rittershauser Brücke 15, Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia
Wuppertal-Oberbarmen station is a station in the city of Wuppertal in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It was long an important railway junction, connecting to four railway lines. The only remaining lines at the station are the Dortmund–Wuppertal main line and the branch line to Solingen.
The first station building was opened along with the Elberfeld–Dortmund line under the name of Barmen-Rittershausen by the Bergisch-Märkische Railway Company on 9 October 1847. In 1930 it was renamed as Wuppertal-Oberbarmen.
In 1910, the tracks and Rosenau street were moved during the building of a depot at Wuppertal-Langerfeld. During the Second World War the station area and the station building were badly damaged. After a partial demolition by Deutsche Bundesbahn after the Second World War, the station was rebuilt in the 1980s during the establishment of S-Bahn line S8. Today there is a square-shaped commercial building with a newsagent, a bakery shop and a McDonald's branch.
In its heyday there was in addition to the Elberfeld–Dortmund through line, a triangular junction connected to the line to Opladen and Solingen, as well as a connecting line to the Düsseldorf-Derendorf–Dortmund Süd railway and the Wuppertal-Wichlinghausen–Hattingen line.
For a long time, Wuppertal-Oberbarmen was also an important freight terminal. The last freight tracks were removed in 2006, however, and a DIY store was built on the site.
Long-distance passenger trains pass through Wuppertal-Oberbarmen without stopping. However, all regional trains running through Wuppertal stop. The Wupper-Express (RE 4), the Rhein-Münsterland-Express (RE 7) and the Maas-Wupper-Express (RE 13) stop at the station at hourly intervals. S-Bahn line S8 and Der Müngstener (RB 47) stop every twenty minutes on the local platforms and connect the station with Hagen, Mönchengladbach, Remscheid and Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof. One in three S-Bahn services terminate at Oberbarmen and do not run to or from Hagen.
Wuppertal-Oberbarmen is also a major connecting point between the railway and other public transport services. The Schwebebahn has its eastern terminus here, and there is a bus station, which is served by many of the lines of Wuppertaler Stadtwerke (Wuppertal’s operator of public utilities and transport) and Verkehrsgesellschaft Ennepe-Ruhr (the transport company of Ennepe-Ruhr).
All passenger trains stopping at the station are operated by DB Regio NRW, except for the Maas-Wupper-Express, which is operated by Eurobahn under a 16-year concession with effect from the December 2009 timetable change.
Today, there are three platforms with a total of six tracks. Regional trains stop on tracks 2 and 3; they are also used for non-stop operations by long-distance trains. Services on S-Bahn line S 8 and RB 47 stop on tracks 5 and 6; these tracks are the only ones with barrier-free access for the disabled. Barrier-free boarding is only possible on the S-Bahn line with its modern class 422 electric multiple units (since 2010). The class 628 diesel multiple units that serve the RB 47 route do not have barrier-free entry, although, under tenders called for the operation of the route in November 2009, the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr requires that the operator of the route from 2013 use modern diesel multiple units that are accessible by the handicapped.
Service intervals below refer to peak hours from Mondays to Fridays.
|Line||Line name||Route||Service interval||Platform track|
|Wupper-Express||Aachen – Mönchengladbach – Düsseldorf – Wuppertal – Hagen – Dortmund||hourly||2/3|
|Rhein-Münsterland-Express||Krefeld – Neuss – Cologne – Solingen – Wuppertal – Hagen – Hamm – Münster (Westf) – Rheine||hourly||2/3|
|Maas-Wupper-Express||Venlo – Viersen – Mönchengladbach – Düsseldorf – Wuppertal – Hagen – Hamm (Westf)||hourly||2/3|
|Rhein-Wupper-Bahn||Bonn-Mehlem – Bonn – Cologne – Solingen – Wuppertal-Vohwinkel – Wuppertal – Wuppertal-Oberbarmen||30 minutes|
|Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn||Solingen – Remscheid – Wuppertal||20 minutes||5/6|
|Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn||Hagen – Gevelsberg – Wuppertal – Düsseldorf – Neuss – Mönchengladbach||20 minutes||5/6|
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