Zürich Altstetten railway station

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Zürich Altstetten
Panorama altstetten-station-sundown.jpg
The station at sunset
Location Altstetten,
City of Zürich,
Canton of Zürich
Switzerland
Coordinates 47°23′30″N 8°29′21″E / 47.39167°N 8.48917°E / 47.39167; 8.48917Coordinates: 47°23′30″N 8°29′21″E / 47.39167°N 8.48917°E / 47.39167; 8.48917
Elevation 399 m (1,309 ft)
Owned by SBB CFF FFS (Swiss Federal Railways)
Operated by SBB CFF FFS
Line(s) Zürich–Olten
Zürich–Affoltern am Albis–Zug
Platforms 3
Tracks 7
Train operators SBB, ZVV
Connections Zürich trams (No. 4)
Zürich trolleybuses (No. 31)
Zürich buses (No. 78, 80, 89, 95, 304, 307 & 308)
Other information
Fare zone ZVV 110
Website Station map
Services
Preceding station   Swiss rail network   Following station
Zürich Hauptbahnhof   InterRegio
Zurich Airport to Basle
  Dietikon
Zürich Hardbrücke   Zürich S-Bahn
S3 service
  Schlieren
Zürich Hardbrücke   Zürich S-Bahn
S5 service
  Urdorf
Zürich Hardbrücke   Zürich S-Bahn
S12 service
  Schlieren
Zürich Hauptbahnhof   Zürich S-Bahn
S14 service
  Urdorf
Zürich Hauptbahnhof   Zürich S-Bahn
S19 service
  Dietikon
Location
Zürich Altstetten railway station is located in Switzerland
Zürich Altstetten railway station
Zürich Altstetten railway station (Switzerland)

Zürich Altstetten railway station (German: Bahnhof Zürich Altstetten) is a railway station in the Altstetten quarter of the Swiss city of Zürich. The station is located on the Zürich to Olten main line and is the junction for the Zürich to Zug via Affoltern am Albis line.[1][2]

The station is served by lines S3, S5, S12, S14 and S19 of the Zürich S-Bahn. It is also a calling point for the hourly InterRegio service that links Basle and Zurich Airport whilst by-passing Zürich Hauptbahnhof.[3][4]

History[edit]

The first station on the site was built by the Swiss Northern Railway in 1847, as part of their pioneering line from Zurich to Baden, and hence was one of the first railway stations in Switzerland. Over time, this line became today's Zürich to Olten main line and the principal rail route between Zürich and northern and western Switzerland. The Zürich to Zug via Affoltern am Albis line opened in 1864, making Altstetten into a junction station. In 1907, the Swiss Federal Railways, who had taken over both lines, opened a workshop near the station.[5]

Operation[edit]

The station has one side platform and two island platforms, served by five tracks, and has station buildings and entrances on both the north and south sides of the station. The platforms and entrances are connected by a pair of pedestrian subways.[6]

For most of the day, line S3 provides 2 train per hour (tph) to Zürich Hauptbahnhof and Wetzikon and 2 tph to Dietikon with 1 tph continuing to Lenzburg and Aarau. Line S5 provides 2 tph to Zürich Hauptbahnhof and Uster and 2 tph to Affoltern am Albis and Zug. Line S12 provides 2 tph to Zürich Hauptbahnhof and Winterthur and 2 tph to Dietikon, Baden and Brugg. Line S15 provides 2 tph to Zürich Hauptbahnhof and Hinwil and 2 tph to Affoltern am Albis. Line S19 provides 2 tph to Zürich and Effretikon and 2 tph to Dietikon, with some peak hour trains extended to Koblenz. Additionally there is a single InterRegio train per hour between Zurich Airport and Basel SBB that calls at Altstetten in both directions.[3][7]

Route 4 of the Zürich tram system serves a terminus on the northern side of the station, whilst route 31 of the Zürich trolleybus system passes the south side of the station. Zürich bus routes 78, 80, 89 and 95 also serve the south side of the station, whilst routes 304, 307 and 308 terminate at the north side.[8][9]

Future development[edit]

Future plans involve the construction of the Limmattalbahn, a new metre gauge light rail line that will link Altstetten station with communities further west in the valley of the Limmat. It is planned that the line will be partially opened by 2020 and will connect to the city tram system at Altstetten station, with the possibility of extending city tram service over the Limmattalbahn as far as Schlieren.[10][11][12]

Gallery[edit]

The station from above, looking to the south and west 
The south-side station building from the street 
The north-side station entrance 

References[edit]

  1. ^ map.geo.admin.ch (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7. 
  3. ^ a b "Departure Bahnhof Zürich Altstetten" (PDF). Swiss Federal Railways. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  4. ^ "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats" (PDF). ZVV. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Altstetten". Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (in French). 2002-06-14. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Zürich Altstetten" (PDF). Swiss Federal Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Koblenz–Dietikon–Zürich HB–Effretikon–Pfäffikon ZH" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Zurich City Map" (PDF). ZVV. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  9. ^ "Zürich West Tram". Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  10. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (March 2010). "Limmattalbahn". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  11. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (October 2011). "Limmatalbahn to connect to Zürich tram". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  12. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (June 2013). "Limmattalbahn into central Zürich?". Retrieved 2013-06-14. 

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