Zürich Enge railway station

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Zürich Enge
Bahnhof Enge Tessinerplatz.JPG
The east façade of the Zürich Enge station as seen from the recently redesigned Tessinerplatz
Location Tessinerplatz,
City of Zürich,
Canton of Zürich,
Switzerland
Coordinates 47°21′55″N 8°31′55″E / 47.36528°N 8.53194°E / 47.36528; 8.53194Coordinates: 47°21′55″N 8°31′55″E / 47.36528°N 8.53194°E / 47.36528; 8.53194
Elevation 409 m (1,342 ft)
Owned by Swiss Federal Railways
Operated by Swiss Federal Railways
Line(s) Lake Zürich left-bank
Platforms 2
Tracks 2
Connections Zürich trams (routes 5, 7, 9 and 13)
Regional bus services
History
Opened 1875
Rebuilt 1925-1927
Electrified 1927
Previous names Bahnstation Enge
Services
Preceding station   Swiss rail network   Following station
Zürich Wiedikon   Zürich S-Bahn
S2 service
  Thalwil
Zürich Wiedikon   Zürich S-Bahn
S8 service
  Zürich Wollishofen
Zürich Wiedikon   Zürich S-Bahn
S21 service
  Thalwil
Zürich Wiedikon   Zürich S-Bahn
S24 service
  Zürich Wollishofen
Location
Zürich Enge railway station is located in Switzerland
Zürich Enge railway station
Zürich Enge railway station (Switzerland)

Zürich Enge railway station (German: Bahnhof Zürich Enge) is a railway station on the S-Bahn Zürich system in the southwestern part, in the Enge quarter, of the Swiss city of Zürich. The station is located on the Lake Zürich left bank line, although it is now bypassed by the alternative Zimmerberg Base Tunnel routing.[1][2]

Although now largely confined to serving suburban trains, the station has a particularly imposing semicircular facade. It is inscribed on the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance.[3]

History[edit]

The first Enge station opened in 1875 with the opening of the Lake Zürich left bank line. The line's original routing through the area differed from the current alignment and was largely at street level, with many level crossings. The first station was located about 200 metres (660 ft) to the south-east of the current station, close the site of the crossing of Albert-Escher-Strasse and General-Wille-Strasse.[4]

The current station was built between 1925 and 1927, when the line was rerouted to the west, using a lower level alignment with more tunneling. The station building is constructed of granite from the Ticino, which fact is marked by the naming of the frontal square as Tessinerplatz. The architects were the brothers Otto Pfister and Werner Pfister, who modelled the station frontage on that of Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof.

As built, the current station had three tracks, which carried all the traffic on both the Lake Zurich left bank line and the Zürich to Lucerne main line. These tracks were served by a side platform to the east and an island platform between the two westernmost tracks. With the opening of the alternative Zimmerberg Base Tunnel routing in 2002, most long distance trains no longer pass through or stop in the station. As a consequence, the westernmost track was removed and the island platform converted to a side platform.

Operation[edit]

The rail approaches to the station from both north and south are by tunnel, with the tunnel mouths at the end of the platforms. The 848 m (2,782 ft) Ulmberg Tunnel is to the north, whilst the 903 m (2,963 ft) Enge Tunnel is to the south.[2]

The station is served by services S2, S8 and S24 of the Zürich S-Bahn, together with several peak-hours InterRegio-services from Zürich Hauptbahnhof to Lucerne.[2][5]

Stops on Zürich tram routes 5, 7, 9 and 13 are adjacent to the station, as is the terminus of regional bus routes 200, 444 and 445.[5]

Gallery[edit]

The station interior 
The station platforms 

References[edit]

  1. ^ map.geo.admin.ch with municipal boundaries overlaid (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7. 
  3. ^ "Schweizerisches Inventar der Kulturgüter von nationaler Bedeutung - Zürich" [Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance - Zurich] (PDF) (in German). Swiss Confederation. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  4. ^ map.geo.admin.ch with Siegfried Map First edition overlaid (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  5. ^ a b "City of Zurich Network" (PDF). ZVV. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 

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