Wesel – Bocholt railway line

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Wesel – Bocholt
Line of the Wesel – Bocholt railway line
Bocholter Bahn in black
Route number (DB) : 2263
Course book section (DB) : 421
Route length: 20 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
Top speed: 80 km / h
from Winterswijk (NL)
from Borken
20.4 Bocholt
to Empel-Rees , today connection to the Bocholt industrial park
19.8 Change of route VzG 2265
19.7 Bocholt South
18.2 Biemenhorst (until 1960)
17.0 Tangerding ( Anst )
15.6 Anchor
Stop, stop
13.2 Dingden (formerly Bf)
Station, station
9.2 Hamminkeln
8.5 Hamminkeln south
Stop, stop
4.7 Blumenkamp
3.6 Lackhausen
2.7 Wesel North
by Emmerich
from Venlo
Wesel harbor railway
Station, station
0.1 Wesel
RWE siding (formerly to Haltern)
Route - straight ahead
from Oberhausen


The Wesel – Bocholt railway (also called Bocholter Bahn ) is a single-track branch line in North Rhine-Westphalia from Wesel on the Lower Rhine to Bocholt in Westmünsterland .


Railcar of the DB Regio in Wesel-Feldmark, 2012

Already in the middle of the 19th century there were plans to connect the city of Bocholt, a center of the textile industry , to the new railway network, but the Dutch route of the Cologne-Mindener Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (CME), opened in 1856, ran from Wesel along the Rhine past Bocholt via Emmerich am Rhein to Arnhem . Several initiatives by Cologne and Münster business people also failed to raise the necessary capital for their own railway line.

On May 26, 1875, the CME finally received the concession to build a branch line from Wesel to Bocholt, which was then opened for passenger traffic on July 1, 1878.

The railway line Winterswijk – Bocholt of the Dutch-Westphalian Railway Company opened two years later and turned the terminus into a through station. Another ten years later, after the nationalization of most of the private railway companies, Bocholt even became a crossing station with the construction of the Baumberbahn of the Prussian State Railways from Empel- Rees to Münster . With the closure of these two lines since the end of the 20th century, Bocholt station has been the terminus again.

In the seventies, the local transport offer in the Wesel – Bocholt section was gradually reduced by the Deutsche Bundesbahn from fourteen pairs of trains to three. This has reduced the demand from 800 travelers to a cross-sectional demand of 92 passenger kilometers per kilometer. Outside of the operating hours between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., buses had taken over local transport. In 1979, a full changeover to the bus that had already been planned could be averted. A three-year resuscitation attempt was negotiated with the Bundesbahn, during which the number of journeys was increased again to fourteen pairs of trains and the connection situation in Wesel was improved. The number of travelers then rose again to 987.

In 1985, all trips beyond Wesel were canceled, so that the trains only commuted between Wesel and Bocholt. In 1986 it became known through a draft framework agreement between the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Federal Railroad that traffic operations would again be shifted to buses. The city of Bocholt then donated a class 628 railcar to the Federal Railroad and moved the bus stop closer to the city center to a connection point directly on the platform. In return, the Federal Railroad undertook to maintain local rail traffic until the end of 1999. The starting signal for the new offer, which is marketed under the name "Der Bocholter", was October 6, 1990.


Railcar from Abellio , Bocholt, 2018

The route is served by the regional express RE 19a Der Bocholter in local passenger transport. In Wesel there are connections to the regional express RE 5 (RRX) Rhein-Express in the direction of Oberhausen , Duisburg , Düsseldorf , Cologne and on to Koblenz as well as the RE 19 to Arnhem or Oberhausen, Duisburg and Düsseldorf. There is also a connection to Wuppertal via Oberhausen and Essen with the Wupper-Lippe-Express (RE 49) every working day .

Local rail passenger transport has been carried out every hour by Abellio Rail NRW since December 2016 . Diesel railcars of the 648 series are used , which despite their maximum speed of up to 120 km / h are only allowed to travel 80 km / h on this route.

Until December 2016, the DB Regio NRW route operated with class 628.4 diesel multiple units .

In freight transport, the connection to the Max Bögl precast concrete plant in Hamminkeln station is served. The journeys required depending on ongoing construction projects, mostly tunnel construction, are carried out by Bocholter Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH on behalf of DB Cargo. Afterwards, a shunting locomotive is stationed through the precast concrete plant.

The route is owned by DB Netz and is managed by the regional network Münster-Ostwestfalen (MOW) based in Münster.


In the local press on May 16 and May 20, 2011, it was announced that the Rhein-Ruhr transport association had commissioned a feasibility study to examine the electrification of the Bocholt railway. This means that the Bocholter Bahn can be integrated into the Lower Rhine network.

There were plans to discontinue the operation of the regional train RB 32 after the line expansion and to extend the regional train RB 33 to Bocholt. On the other hand, there are considerations to let the RB 33 run from Oberhausen to Bottrop, at the same time the regional express RE 5 should then be extended from its current terminus Wesel to Bocholt. These changes are intended to connect Bocholt with the western Ruhr area without changing trains. A feasibility study was carried out in January 2012.

In a press release from March 22, 2013 on the award of the Niederrhein network to Abellio Rail NRW from 2016, the VRR announced that the feasibility study for the electrification of the Bocholt railway was much more positive than expected. With an expansion speed of 80 km / h, this costs only 12 million euros, at 100 km / h it still costs only 15 million euros, which is far below the initial estimates of 20 million euros. The aim of the further planning of the VRR was to complete the electrification by December 2016. Electrification will be delayed until the end of 2022 Template: future / in 2 years.

Since Abellio Rail NRW took over operations in December 2016, the route will probably be served Template: future / in 2 yearsby Alstom Coradia LINT diesel multiple units until 2022 . After the electrification is complete, the use of Stadler Flirt railcars is planned. From this point on, direct connections from Bocholt to Düsseldorf will be offered. This is to be achieved by integration into the RE 19 line, with a wing in Wesel planned.

In June 2018 it became known that the implementation of the infrastructure measures was threatened with a further delay, as Hamminkeln is not prepared to bear the municipal contribution to secure three private level crossings. This is necessary in order to be able to increase the speed from 80 km / h to 100 km / h. Hamminkeln would like to have the financing clarified legally, while the VRR states that the new timetable concept cannot then be implemented when the timetable changes in December 2019. In March 2019 it became known that the realization of the electrification of the route would be delayed indefinitely and could not be implemented until the timetable change in December 2019. The reasons for this are delays in the planning approval process and coordination problems with overhead line masts that are used together with the Oberhausen - Emmerich expansion line.

The establishment of a new stop is being investigated in the Mussum district of Bocholt. According to an examination by DB Station & Service, setting it up would cost 1.77 million euros and gain 170 new passengers for the local rail transport. On January 31, 2020, the North Rhine-Westphalian Transport Minister Hendrik Wüst and Rail Board Member Ronald Pofalla presented a package of measures for local rail transport in North Rhine-Westphalia with a volume of 500 million euros. Among other things, this includes the construction of a new stop in Bocholt Mussum . It is planned to implement the projects listed in the package of measures by 2029.

Line number RB 32 would have become vacant with the electrification at the end of 2019 and has therefore already been reserved for a new regional train line from Duisburg via Gelsenkirchen to Dortmund parallel to the Rhein-Emscher-Express , which has replaced the S 2 between Dortmund and Duisburg since the timetable change in 2019. The previous line RB 32 was - as a future part of the RE 19 - renamed RE 19a.

Picture gallery

See also


  • Eduard Hellmich: German Railways, Wesel-Bocholt line and Hamminkeln station. In: Hamminkeln Ruft. Vol. 17, No. 40, 2002, pp. 3–23 ( PDF ; 5 MiB).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. DB Netze - Infrastructure Register
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  4. Volker Morgenbrod: Will there be a direct train route from Bocholt to Duisburg in the future? In: Bocholter Borkener Volksblatt. May 16, 2011, archived from the original on May 18, 2011 ; accessed on December 22, 2015 .
  5. Jochen Krühler: Expansion to Duisburg - is the route to Borken also feasible? In: Bocholter Borkener Volksblatt. May 20, 2011, archived from the original on May 24, 2011 ; accessed on December 22, 2015 .
  6. ^ Electricity for the Bocholter. In: WAZ. March 9, 2012, accessed December 22, 2015 .
  7. VRR awards Niederrhein network to Abellio Rail NRW. (PDF) VRR, March 22, 2013, accessed on December 22, 2015 (press release).
  8. http://web.archive.org/web/20170712135949/https://www1.wdr.de/nachrichten/westfalen-lippe/verzoegerung-elektronik-bocholt-wesel-100.html
  9. Abellio Rail NRW builds a depot in Duisburg. In: newstix. December 2, 2015, accessed December 23, 2015 .
  10. ^ Susanne Zimmermann: Constant cycles, no changes. In: WAZ. November 26, 2015, accessed December 22, 2015 .
  11. Abellio will take over Niederrhein-Netz from December 2016. In: Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr. November 13, 2015, accessed December 23, 2015 (press release).
  12. "Bocholter": City advises complaint RP-Online, June 23, 2018
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  14. ^ Association meeting of the NWL, TOP: New establishment of stops as part of the DB station offensive in NRW, April 4, 2019
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