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RE 9 Rhein-Sieg-Express
Logo Rhein-Sieg-Express
Logo Rhein-Sieg-Express
Route of the Rhein-Sieg-Express
Course book section (DB) : 480 (Aachen – Cologne)
460 (Cologne – Siegen)
Route length: 171 km
Top speed: 160 km / h
Federal states: North Rhine-Westphalia ,
Train run
End station - start of the route
0 Aachen Central Station THA , ICE
Station, station
2 Aachen-Rothe Erde
Eilendorf (until 12/2009)
Station, station
10 Stolberg (Rheinl) central station
Station, station
13 Eschweiler Hbf
Nothberg (until 12/2009)  
Station, station
21st Long suffering
31 Düren
52 Horror
67 Cologne-Ehrenfeld
former train route from Krefeld (until 12/2003, see below)
70 Köln Hbf THA, ICE, IC
71 Cologne Fair / Deutz ICE
80 Porz (Rhine) (since 12/2010)
90 Troisdorf
95 Siegburg / Bonn ICE
102 Hennef (victory)
114 Eitorf
121 Herchen
129 Schladern (victory)
136 Au (victory)
State border North Rhine-Westphalia / Rhineland-Palatinate
Station, station
142 Knowledge (victory)
Station, station
154 Betzdorf (victory)
Station, station
156 Churches
Station, station
162 Brachbach
State border Rhineland-Palatinate / North Rhine-Westphalia
171 Siegen Hbf
State border North Rhine-Westphalia / Hesse
196 Haiger (until 12/2010)
203 Dillenburg (until 12/2010)
209 Herborn (Dillkr) (until 12/2010)
232 Wetzlar (until 12/2010)
244 Giessen (until 12/2010) IC
former train run until 12/2003
Krefeld Hbf
Krefeld oppum
Neuss main station IC
today's train route from Aachen to Siegen (see above)

The Rhein-Sieg-Express (also marketed as RSX ) is a regional express line for local rail passenger transport in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate from Aachen via Düren , Cologne , Troisdorf , Siegburg and Betzdorf to Siegen . It is operated by DB Regio .

The annual operating performance on the line is around two million train kilometers .


In use since June 2012: Bombardier Talent 2 trains , here in Aachen Hbf
Interior view of an RSX Talent multiple unit
DB class 120 with double-deck cars in Cologne Hbf

The regional express (RE) 9 has existed under the name Rhein-Sieg-Express since the introduction of the integral clock timetable (ITF) in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1998. Before that, a last also clocked line with express trains from Mönchengladbach via Cologne, Siegburg and Siegen to Giessen was offered, individual round trips operated via Mönchengladbach to Kaldenkirchen . Most of the time, locomotives of the 110 series and n-wagons were used here .

From 1998 the train ran as RE 9 from Krefeld via Neuss , Cologne, Siegburg every hour to Siegen and every two hours to Giessen. The rolling stock was standardized and from then on consisted of push-pull trains with class 111 locomotives and five double-decker cars each .

The Rhein-Sieg-Express exchanged the branch on the left bank of the Rhine with the RE 7 ( Rhein-Münsterland-Express ) from Cologne in December 2003 and has been traveling to Aachen since then. Since the timetable change in December 2009, there are no longer stops in Eilendorf and Nothberg . In December 2010 Porz was added as a new rule stop.

The Rhein-Sieg-Express has been put out to tender for a takeover of operations in December 2010 by Zweckverband Nahverkehr Rheinland , SPNV Rheinland-Pfalz Nord and Zweckverband Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe . Offers could be submitted until January 30, 2008. In April 2008 it was announced that the DB Regio Rheinland (formerly DB Heidekrautbahn), in whose favor the DB Regio NRW decided not to participate, will operate the line from December 12, 2010 for 15 years. A total of 15 electric multiple units of the type E-Talent 2 were ordered for this, which the DB calls the 442 series. There are three three-part, ten four-part and two five-part units. Since the contract with the special purpose associations in North Rhine-Westphalia was terminated by the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund , the Rhein-Sieg-Express has basically ended in Siegen since December 12, 2010. Since then, the Siegen Hbf  - Gießen section has been served entirely by the Hessische Landesbahn ( RE 99 ). Due to these changes in the timetable, the locomotive-hauled train sets with old double-decker cars could hardly keep some connections due to their rather moderate acceleration, which is why they were used in the transition period until the new electric multiple units with two class 111 locomotives (sandwich). Because there were delays in delivery, all planned units of the new E-Talent 2 were only approved by the Federal Railway Authority at the end of April 2012 .

The new class 442 multiple units have been in operation since June 10, 2012 and a class 111 locomotive and old double-decker cars are only running two rounds. In addition, six new, fully air-conditioned double-decker cars with a class 120.2 locomotive run on one circuit . For this purpose, three machines of this series with the serial numbers 120 206, 207, 208 (formerly 120 136, 139, 117) were handed over to DB Regio Rheinland and located at the Aachen Hbf railway depot.

Between July 30 and August 4, 2012, the 442 series was temporarily withdrawn from service due to technical problems with the doors and replaced by trains hauled by locomotives. According to the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS), this was a precautionary measure, as the screws on the doors could no longer be properly tightened due to a thread that turned with them. After detailed investigations by DB Regio and Bombardier, the trains will be used again.

Since December 2010 the line has been marketed under the symbol RSX . DB Regio Rheinland has hired 55 employees for the line.

DB Regio Rheinland GmbH was incorporated by DB Regio AG into DB Regio NRW GmbH, which had been operating the line again since August 2011 and was merged with DB Regio AG in September 2012.

With the switch to Talent 2 on most of the routes at the time of the timetable change in December 2012, the capacity situation deteriorated during rush hour (HVZ), when several trains with double-decker cars were previously used. This deterioration was counteracted by the additional provision of two local trains (one each for the timetable change in 2012 and 2014) with five cars and 440 seats.

Since the change of operator in December 2010, the two amplifier trains have been driven with three or four double-decker cars and a DB class 111 locomotive for two years . Since December 2012 they have been made up of class 111 locomotives and five n-wagons (as they did before 2010) . One of these amplifier trains has been running with Talent 2 (double traction) since summer 2013.

Since the timetable change in December 2012, the stop in Brachbach, which was previously only served by the HVZ repeater trains, has been served as scheduled by all trains on the line, while the stop in Niederschelden , which was previously served only by the HVZ repeater trains.

After DB Regio had already promised in 2014 to exchange some of the Talent 2 multiple units for double-decker trains as part of a ring swap, this actually took place from mid-April 2018. These push-pull trains, made up of double-decker cars and locomotives of the DB class 146.0 , have been used until then used in the Main-Neckar-Ried network between Frankfurt am Main and Mannheim , or Heidelberg , where they were replaced by newly developed double-decker multiple units of the Bombardier Twindexx type .

The three three-part Talent 2 railcars were used on the S 7 of the Central German S-Bahn between Halle (Saale) Hbf and Halle-Nietleben from April to December 2018 . Since December 2018, they have been operating under the name ÜFEX (Überregionaler Flughafenexpress) between Regensburg Central Station and Munich Airport . Two four-part railcars were moved to the Mittelhessen Express network.

Class 120.2 locomotives have not been used on the Rhein-Sieg-Express since October 2018. Meanwhile 146001-006 arrived at DB Regio in Aachen for regular operation on the Rhine-Sieg-Express. In the meantime 146 004 and 146 006 were on the move with locomotives of the 120.2 series in sandwich traction.

Since mid-June 2019, all circulations have been on the move with fully air-conditioned trolleys. In detail, there are four circulations hauled by a locomotive with double-decker cars and the class 146.0 as well as four further circulations with Talent 2 multiple units (two of which are for the amplifier journeys between Siegen and Cologne).

Train run

Talent 2 multiple unit of the RSX in Cologne Hbf

The train runs every hour from Aachen main station via the high-speed route Cologne – Aachen to Cologne main station . This section is also served by the NRW-Express (RE 1) with identical regular stops, both lines condense at approximately half-hourly intervals.

From Cologne, the Rhein-Sieg-Express follows the Sieg route along the Sieg to Siegen Hauptbahnhof . In Siegen there is a connection to the Main-Sieg-Express (RE 99) towards Gießen and Frankfurt (Main) and the Sieg-Dill-Bahn (RB 95). There is also a connection to the Rothaarbahn (RB 93) to Bad Berleburg and to the Ruhr-Sieg-Express (RE 16) to Essen main station . Other important connections exist in Betzdorf to the Hellertalbahn (RB 96) and to the Daadetalbahn (RB 97). Before that, you can change to the Westerwald-Sieg-Bahn (RB 90) in Au (Sieg) .

The Rhein-Sieg-Express will be reinforced on the Sieg route during rush hour , with two additional trains going to Cologne in the morning and two additional trains going to Siegen in the afternoon. These also serve the intermediate stops in Etzbach , Niederhövels , Scheuerfeld  (Sieg) and Niederschelden between Au (Sieg) and Siegen . Dattenfeld and Rosbach are the additional stops in the area of ​​the VRS between Cologne and Au .

At the time of the timetable change in December 2017, another circuit of the RSX will travel the victory route between Siegen and Au (Sieg) on ​​the weekend at night. The train leaves Siegen at 1:40 a.m. and connects to the S 19 to Cologne at 2:30 a.m. in Au (Sieg). In the opposite direction, the S 19 reaches Au (Sieg) at 2:51 a.m., the RSX continues to Siegen at 3:01 a.m. This means that the section between Au (Sieg) and Siegen will also be connected to public transport until 3 a.m. With the exception of Freusburg Siedlung, Mudersbach and Niederschelden Nord, all stations are served.


For the Rhein-Sieg-Express, the responsible authorities are planning to set up a wing train concept with two train parts that will be separated and combined in Au (Sieg) or Eitorf. An accelerated part of the train should then run with a reduced number of stops via Siegen to Kreuztal. In this way, transfer times in Siegen are to be extended and the connections, especially towards Frankfurt, made more reliable. The second part of the train is to run from Au (Sieg) with stops at all intermediate stations to Dillenburg. The timetable corresponds roughly to the earlier Sieg-Dill-Bahn (RB 95), which only ran between Au (Sieg) and Dillenburg. As part of the Rhein-Ruhr-Express, there are plans to run an additional express line from Siegen via Cologne / Bonn Airport to Düsseldorf in addition to the Rhein-Sieg-Express. The target timetable of the second expert's draft for the Deutschland-Takt provides in its line timing graphics that the Rhein-Sieg-Express will only run between Siegen and Cologne in the future. The further section to Aachen goes over to another line from Dortmund.


The tariffs of the following transport associations apply along the route of the Rhein-Sieg-Express:

In the area of ​​the route, which runs in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district (Etzbach - Niederschelden), the VRM tariff applies, but VRS tickets are also valid if the start / destination station of the journey is in the VRS area. The VGWS tariff is also valid on the section between Niederschelden and Wissen (Sieg) in the Altenkirchen district , provided that the start / destination station is in the VGWS network area. For this reason, the NRW Ticket and the Schöne-Fahrt-NRW Ticket are also valid on the route section in the Altenkirchen district. A transitional regulation applies to the Rhineland-Palatinate tickets, through which these tickets can be used to travel to Au (Sieg) and Siegen.

The North Rhine-Westphalia ticket and the Schöne-Fahrt-NRW ticket are valid on the entire route between Aachen and Siegen, as is the Quer-durch-Land ticket , the state tickets for Rhineland-Palatinate, the Rhineland-Palatinate ticket and the Rhineland -Pfalz-Ticket + Luxemburg are valid between Au (Sieg) and Siegen.


The average delay of the Rhein-Sieg-Express trains in 2017 was around 2.4 minutes per journey and has therefore steadily deteriorated (2015: 2.0 minutes per journey; punctuality rate 79.4%; 2014: 1.4 Minutes, the most punctual regional express line in 2014 in the area of ​​the Rhineland local transport association .)

Web links

Commons : Rhein-Sieg-Express  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Local transport Rhineland: Information on the completed tendering process for the Rhein-Sieg-Express
  2. a b NWL: The Europe-wide tendering process is finally completed. ( Memento from June 4, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  3. ^ Sven Steinke: Changes to the next timetable change in the AVV. In: zughalt.de. Eisenbahnjournal Zughalt.de, July 11, 2010, accessed on November 27, 2012 .
  4. Sven Steinke: There are delays in the new Rhein-Sieg-Express. In: zughalt.de. Eisenbahnjournal Zughalt.de, May 30, 2010, accessed on November 27, 2012 .
  5. Sven Steinke: Further TALENT 2 for the Rhein-Sieg-Express received approval. In: zughalt.de. Eisenbahnjournal Zughalt.de, April 27, 2012, accessed on November 27, 2012 .
  6. New trains on the Rhein-Sieg route from June 10th. AK Kurier, June 6, 2012, accessed November 27, 2012 .
  7. Jürgen Eikelberg: re loco-hauled trains on the RSX. In: zughalt.de. Eisenbahnjournal Zughalt.de, July 30, 2012, accessed on November 27, 2012 .
  8. Sandra Ebert and Stephan Propach: Next stop: workshop. In: ksta.de. July 31, 2012, accessed November 27, 2012 .
  9. Peter Freitag: Talent 2 - Technicians give the all-clear for trains. In: ksta.de. August 3, 2012, accessed August 5, 2012 .
  10. ^ Stefan Hennigfeld: New Rhein-Sieg-Express before the start. In: zughalt.de. Zughalt.de, December 7, 2010, accessed November 27, 2012 .
  11. Deutsche Bahn AG: A benefit for the passengers ( Memento from October 30, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  12. Current situation on the RE 9. VRS line, archived from the original on January 16, 2013 ; Retrieved May 1, 2013 .
  13. ↑ The quality of the RE 9 should improve in the short term. VRS, November 21, 2012, accessed November 27, 2012 .
  14. ^ Peter Freitag: RE 9 on the winning line: double-decker cars before comeback. In: ksta.de. Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger , June 27, 2014, accessed on June 28, 2014 .
  15. Additional double-decker trains for the Rhein-Sieg-Express. NVR and DB Regio ensure higher capacity on the busy route. In: nvr.de. Local transport Rhineland, March 23, 2018, accessed on March 24, 2018 (press release).
  16. The ÜFEX national airport express goes into operation from December 2018. Press release. In: bahnland-bayern.de. Bavarian Railway Company , October 12, 2018, accessed on December 13, 2018 .
  17. https://www.vrs.de/presse/presseartikel/presse/1074.html
  18. In the future on weekends: night trains to Betzdorf. Siegener Zeitung, May 5, 2017, accessed on May 8, 2017 .
  19. Zweckverband Personennahverkehr Westfalen-Süd (ZWS), 24th Association Assembly, Item 5: SPNV offer conception in DreiLänderEck20XX, 3 June 2020
  20. Zweckverband Personennahverkehr Westfalen-Süd (ZWS), 24th Association Assembly, Item 5: SPNV conception in the DreiLänderEck20XX enclosure, June 3, 2020
  21. Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (BMVI), target timetable, Germany cycle, second expert draft, North Rhine-Westphalia, line cycle graphic, as of May 7, 2019
  22. Quality report 2017. (PDF) In: nvr.de. Zweckverband Nahverkehr Rheinland, p. 22 , accessed on October 16, 2018 .
  23. Punctuality in SPNV 2015. (PDF) Zweckverband Nahverkehr Rheinland, accessed on April 8, 2016 .
  24. Steffen Schwab: The Rothaarbahn is too often too late or canceled. In: Westfalenpost . December 11, 2015, accessed May 2, 2020 .
  25. Quality report SPNV 2014. (PDF) Zweckverband Nahverkehr Rheinland, accessed on October 1, 2015 .