Plochingen – Tübingen railway line

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Plochingen – Tübingen
Route number (DB) : 4600
Course book section (DB) : 760
790.1 (S-Bahn)
Route length: 49.0 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
Route class : D4
Power system : 15 kV 16.7 Hz  ~
Top speed: 130 km / h
Dual track : continuous
Route - straight ahead
from Stuttgart
Station, station
0.0 Plochingen
to Ulm
from the Schnaitwald junction
Connection to the Wernau concrete plant
Stop, stop
2.6 Wernau (Neckar)
volume up
Connection to Erwin Behr
Connection to the Otto & Sons textile factory
Station, station
6.7 Wendlingen (Neckar) 264  m
to Oberlenningen
Freight train connection (under construction)
New Wendlingen – Ulm line (under construction)
8.6 Wendlinger curve (under construction)
Stop, stop
9.6 Oberboihingen
Station, station
12.4 + 169 Nürtingen 283  m
Kilometers change
12.4 + 204.2
12.6 + 0.0
to Neuffen
17.2 Neckartailfingen (until 1976) 306  m
Stop, stop
22.2 Bempflingen 342  m
Connection of Sanner cork products
Station, station
26.2 Metzingen (Württ) 354  m
to Bad Urach
Stop, stop
31.5 Reutlingen - Sondelfingen 393  m
33.5 Reutlingen Umschlagbf
of Schelklingen
Station, station
34.7 Reutlingen Central Station 375  m
to Eningen
to Gönningen
Reutlingen tram (lines 3 and 4)
Tram Reutlingen (line 1)
Stop, stop
35.5 Reutlingen West
Gönninger Bahn
Stop, stop
37.5 Reutlingen- Betzingen 345  m
Stop, stop
40.0 Wannweil
Stop, stop
42.2 Kirchentellinsfurt 312  m
Stop, stop
45.9 Tübingen- Lustnau
46.3 Tübingen Gbf
Station, station
49.0 Tübingen Hbf 322  m
to Herrenberg
to Sigmaringen
Route - straight ahead
to Horb


The Plochingen – Tübingen line is a main line from Plochingen via Reutlingen to Tübingen . It largely follows the course of the Neckar , but also touches the Swabian Alb between Nürtingen and Tübingen . It is fully electrified and has a double track.

The route bears the VzG route number 4600 and is now owned by DB Netz . The Deutsche Bahn calls it the Neckar-Alb-Bahn today , whereby this term refers to the entire course book route 760 Stuttgart – Tübingen, that means including the Filstalbahn to Plochingen.

Historically, the route is part of the so-called Upper Neckar Railway , which leads via Tübingen to Immendingen .


After Plochingen was connected to the railway network by the Filstalbahn as early as 1846, the Royal Württemberg State Railways started operating the branch line to Reutlingen in 1859, which was finally continued via Tübingen to Rottenburg in 1861 . After extensions to Eyach (1864) and Horb am Neckar (1866), the route finally ended in Immendingen in 1870 . As early as 1888, the section to Tübingen was expanded to double tracks, and the line was also electrified by October 1, 1934. Both measures have not yet been carried out on the route towards Horb.

The former train stations at Bempflingen , Betzingen and Kirchentellinsfurt were turned back into stops in the second half of the 20th century . In addition, all were virtually between Plochingen and Tübingen sidings , many sidings and freight yards abandoned and largely from the case of conversions main track separately.

Between June 6 and November 22, 2016, 28 kilometers of track and 44 points were renewed between Plochingen and Tübingen for 27 million euros.

After the track was lowered at the Rastatt tunnel in mid-August 2017, the route was temporarily used around the clock on working days.

Signal boxes

  • Stw Plochingen ( ESTW T ), remote control from the operations center in Karlsruhe to Wernau
  • Stw Wendlingen ( S60 ), remote position Oberboihingen
  • Stw Nürtingen (S60)
  • Stw Metzingen (MCL)
  • Stw Reutlingen (ESTW T), remote control from the operations center in Karlsruhe to Kirchentellinsfurt and Sondelfingen
  • Stw Tübingen (S60), remote control Gbf


Long-distance transport

Since the timetable change in December 2009, the Neckar-Alb-Bahn has also been used for long-distance passenger transport.

Monday to Friday an Intercity runs in the mornings from Tübingen with stops in Reutlingen , Metzingen , Nürtingen and Plochingen via Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to Cologne and on to Berlin (Intercity 2010). The consideration from Cologne (Intercity 2011) and Berlin (Intercity 1917) reaches Tübingen Monday through Thursday evenings. This connection continues even after the test phase, which is scheduled for two years.

Regional traffic

In rail transport connect several local trains, including the Inter Regio-Express (IRE), the Neckar-Alb region with the remote transport hub at Stuttgart Central . The trains on the route have been operated mainly by Abellio Rail Baden-Württemberg since June 14, 2020 .

The Plochingen – Wendlingen section and the Reutlingen Hbf train station are controlled by the Plochingen electronic interlocking from the Karlsruhe operations center. Otherwise there are still lane plan signal boxes .

The local transport lines from Stuttgart to Tübingen were used by an average of 32,100 people on workdays in 2014.

Regional train

Regional trains (RB) run every day between Plochingen and Tübingen every two hours, between Wendlingen and Tübingen, except on Sunday mornings, another two-hour service, supplemented at an hourly rate. From Metzingen to Reutlingen, the offer is supplemented by trains from / to Bad Urach every half hour from Monday to Friday , and every half hour to Tübingen during rush hour. Most of these regional trains run from Tübingen on to Herrenberg via the Ammertalbahn .

Regional Express

Regional Express on the Neckar-Alb Railway near Kirchentellinsfurt

A regional express (RE) runs between Stuttgart and Tübingen every hour or every half hour during rush hour . The transport contract between the state of Baden-Württemberg and DB Regio AG, which has been in effect since October 1, 2016, provided for the replacement of all n-wagons with double-decker wagons from December 2016 . However, due to maintenance problems in the RAB workshop in Ulm, this could only be implemented in December 2019.

The Regional Express usually stops between Stuttgart and Tübingen in Bad Cannstatt , Esslingen , Plochingen , Wendlingen , Nürtingen , Metzingen and Reutlingen . Individual trains also serve Wernau, Wannweil ​​and Kirchentellinsfurt.


Between Stuttgart and Tübingen, Interregio-Express trains run every two hours on the Stuttgart – Tübingen– Sigmaringen - Aulendorf line , which only stop in Reutlingen on the Stuttgart – Tübingen section and usually also carry a part of the train with them that continues from Tübingen to Rottenburg or Horb moves.


The S 1 line of the Stuttgart S-Bahn uses the route between Plochingen and Wendlingen . It runs from Herrenberg to Kirchheim unter Teck and runs every half hour every day.

Freight transport

In the course of the renovation program MORA C of Deutsche Bahn, the Hohenzollerische Landesbahn took over the entire freight traffic between Tübingen and Plochingen from the then Railion (today's DB Cargo ). Despite considerable demand, the HzL withdrew after a few years due to disagreements about the train path charges. Since then, the Tübingen freight yard has only been regularly serviced from the west, with a few exceptions such as the parking of track construction trains .

Regular freight traffic is now only between Plochingen and Wendlingen am Neckar (from there via the Teckbahn to Oberlenningen ) and between Plochingen and Nürtingen (from there via the Tälesbahn to Neuffen ). Freight traffic is also carried out from Plochingen to Metzingen (from there on via the Ermstalbahn to Dettingen an der Erms ). Earlier plans to transport waste from the Tübingen and Reutlingen districts to the Stuttgart-Münster waste incineration plant by rail could not be implemented.

The city of Reutlingen secured the site of the former freight yard in order to have a long-term site available for the construction of a container station. Most of the site of the former Tübingen freight station was de-dedicated in 2015 and the tracks removed. A new urban quarter is expected to be built there by 2020. There are only a few tracks left, which are primarily reserved for construction logistics.


  • IRE6: Series 185 or 182 with double-decker / n-car (rented from WFL and / or TRI and MRCE), 9442 (Abellio) or 612
  • RE10: Series 185 or 182 with double-decker wagons (rented from WFL and / or TRI and MRCE) or 9442 (Abellio)
  • RB18: Series 425/426 (rented from DB Regio ) or 9442 (Abellio)
  • RB63: Series 650

Tender network 1a

With the timetable change in June 2020, the state of Baden-Württemberg's tendering network 1a on the Stuttgart-Tübingen route went into operation. Since then, the RE trains have been running every 30 minutes on weekdays and are connected via Stuttgart Hbf to Heilbronn and from there alternately to Mannheim and Osterburken . The RB trains no longer run between Metzingen and Plochingen. The Bempflingen and Oberboihingen stops are instead served hourly by the RE trains. In addition, the IRE line Stuttgart – Aulendorf between Stuttgart and Tübingen, which runs every two hours, is supplemented by another electrically operated IRE line every two hours, resulting in an hourly IRE service between Stuttgart and Tübingen. The operator of these lines is Abellio Rail Baden-Württemberg ; Talent 2 multiple units are used in three and five-part designs, with trains running with up to three coupled multiple units.

The regional trains are to continue to be operated by the RAB with class 650 diesel multiple units until December 2022; they run every hour between Bad Urach and Herrenberg. The Interregio-Express Stuttgart-Aulendorf / Rottenburg is operated by the RAB with trains of the 612 series .

In the long term, a two-hour long-distance service is to be introduced on the route. Deutsche Bahn plans to introduce the Bamberg – Würzburg – Stuttgart – Tübingen line from December 2028. Double-deck IC trains are to be used for this.

As part of the Neckar-Alb regional light rail project , continuous electric RB trains from Bad Urach to Herrenberg are planned to run every 30 minutes in “Module 1” from December 2022. In the Metzingen-Tübingen section, the four new stops Reutlingen-Storlach, Reutlingen-Bösmannsäcker, Tübingen-Neckaraue and Tübingen-Güterbahnhof are to go into operation at the same time, while the existing Tübingen-Lustnau stop is to be closed.

Integration of the Kleine Wendlinger curve near Oberboihingen (construction status May 2020)
Bridge of the new line over the Neckar-Alb-Bahn (construction status May 2020)

In the course of Stuttgart 21, it is planned to connect the Neckar-Alb Railway to the new Wendlingen – Ulm line via the Kleine Wendlinger curve . This should significantly reduce the travel times from Tübingen and Reutlingen to Stuttgart Airport. The journey time to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof will be around 5 minutes longer than today's IRE trains, but the speed of the high-speed connections with a half-hourly service will be significantly closer than today. In addition, the single-track freight train connection is to connect Wendlingen station with the new line towards Ulm. The original plans provided for Stuttgart 21 to be put into operation at the same time as the new Wendlingen – Ulm line. Due to the significant delay at Stuttgart 21, efforts are currently being made to put the new Wendlingen – Ulm line into operation early and to connect it temporarily to the existing infrastructure at the Stuttgart node via Plochingen. This will lead to a significantly increased utilization of the Plochingen – Wendlingen section. It is not yet known what effects this will have on the S1 S-Bahn to Kirchheim and on the local rail traffic between Stuttgart and Tübingen.

To integrate the two new lines, a track switching operation was set up on the Neckar-Alb-Bahn between Wendlingen and Nürtingen . In addition, independent of the construction work, a track change operation was also set up between Nürtingen and Reutlingen. This required adjustments to the Nürtingen and Wendlingen interlockings amounting to five million euros.

A traffic forecast for the year 2025 expects a number of travelers between 12,000 (near Tübingen) and 20,300 travelers (near Plochingen) per day.

The route between Plochingen and Wendlingen is to be integrated into the Stuttgart digital node by 2030 and equipped with digital interlockings , ETCS and automated driving .

A progressive scenario of a traffic forecast presented in 2020 for the year 2030 envisages an extension of the S1 intermediate clock from Plochingen to Nürtingen with two trains per hour. The Stuttgart Region Association decided on April 22, 2020 to commission planning (work phases 1 to 4) to adapt platforms in Wendlingen, Oberboihingen and Nürtingen, which are required for an extension of the S-Bahn to Nürtingen.

Transport associations

The tariff of the Stuttgart Transport and Tariff Association (VVS) applies between Plochingen and Bempflingen, and that of the Neckar-Alb-Danube transport association (naldo) from Bempflingen to Tübingen .


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Web links

Commons : Neckar-Alb-Bahn  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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