Essen-Werden – Essen railway line

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Essen-Werden - Essen Hbf
North portal of the Stadtwaldtunnels in Essen-Stadtwald
North portal of the Stadtwaldtunnels in Essen-Stadtwald
Section of the Essen-Werden – Essen railway line
Route number (DB) : 2161
Course book section (DB) : 450.6; 231 (1944)
Route length: 8.8 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
Power system : 15 kV 16.7 Hz  ~
Top speed: 100 km / h
Dual track : continuously except for the city forest tunnel
Route - straight ahead
Route from Essen West
S-Bahn station
8.8 Essen Central Station
Gleisdreieck - straight ahead, to the left, from the left
Route from / to Essen-Kray Süd and Essen-Steele
S-Bahn stop ...
7.1 Food south
former route Mülheim-Heißen-Altendorf (Ruhr)
S-Bahn station
5.1 Essen-Stadtwald until 1910: Rellinghausen-West
4.7 Stadtwaldtunnel (247 m, single track)
S-Bahn stop ...
2.7 Food hill
formerly Ruhr Valley Railway from Kupferdreh
S-Bahn station
0.2 Eat-becoming
0.0 Essen-Werden (old train station)
Route - straight ahead
Ruhr Valley Railway to Düsseldorf

The Essen-Werden-Essen railway line is an electrified main line with two tracks except for the Stadtwald tunnel within the city of Essen . It connects Essen-Werden train station with Essen main train station .


The connection was built in 1877 and thus after the railway lines along the Ruhr by the Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft as a connecting line from the Ruhr Valley Railway to Essen Central Station. The steep incline between Essen- Werden and Essen- Stadtwald has always placed high demands on the vehicles used. The Essen-Hügel stop is in the middle of the downhill section. It was built directly at Villa Hügel in 1890 at the instigation of the Krupp family .

The timetable from 1944 recorded 51 pairs of trains and other amplifiers on the connection between Essen Hbf and Essen-Stadtwald on weekdays . The S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr has been running on the S-Bahn line S 6 since May 26, 1974 , after a previous S-Bahn service had been introduced on May 26, 1968.

The German train left the track between 7 July and 19 August 2012 redevelop. The Essen Süd, Essen-Stadtwald, Essen-Hügel and Essen-Werden stops were modernized as part of this work and consistently equipped with 96 centimeter high platforms.

Route closure

Due to mining damage to a retaining wall north of the embankment between Essen-Stadtwald and Essen-Hügel, the line had been closed since October 18, 2017 and the S 6 trains from Düsseldorf already ended at Kettwig station . Initially, it was assumed that it would be blocked for a few days or even hours, then a few weeks. After 40 exploratory drillings had been carried out, Deutsche Bahn stated that old mining was the cause of the damage. The discovered cavities were filled. The work and the line closure continued until April 29, 2018. During this time, buses operated as rail replacement services between Kettwig and Essen Hauptbahnhof. On March 8, Deutsche Bahn, as the operator of the route, announced that it would be realistic to restart in April 2018. According to the local Essen press, this will take place on April 30, 2018.


  • Bernd Franco Hoffmann: The Bergisch-Märkische Eisenbahn . Through the valleys of Wupper, Ruhr and Volme. Sutton-Verlag, Erfurt 2015, ISBN 978-3-95400-580-2 .

Web links

Commons : Essen-Werden – Essen Hbf railway line  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Eisenbahn-magazin 7/2012, p. 20.
  2. Mining damage Essen Hügel: From Monday additional buses from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. between Kettwig and Essen Hbf. Press release. Deutsche Bahn, November 24, 2017, accessed on August 26, 2019 .