Bad Homburg station
Bad Homburg, Hesse
|Platforms||4 (and a former royal platform)|
|Architectural style||Renaissance revival|
|Opened||26 October 1907|
The new through station in Bad Homburg replaced two older terminal stations. One of these stations was at the site of the present town hall and was the terminus of the line from Frankfurt am Main that was opened in 1860 by the Homburg Railways (German: Homburger Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft). In 1895 the Prussian state railways opened another terminus, called Homburg Neu (new) station, for the High Taunus line from Homburg via Friedrichsdorf to Usingen. This second station was between the lower end of the street of Louisenstraße and the current connection to the autobahn. The two stations were separated by a distance of 200 to 300 metres. They were connected via a track that was only used for shunting.
The new stationEdit
Homburg was a popular palace of Emperor Wilhelm II. Thus the separation of rail services at Homburg’s two stations was not only operationally unsatisfactory, it also did not meet the Emperor’s ceremonial needs. Therefore, a new through station with a separate building for royalty was built between 1905 and 1907, which connected the two railway lines leading to Homburg to each other. It cost just under 4.7 million marks. It was called Homburg station and renamed Bad Homburg station in 1912 when the town was similarly renamed.
The station building is very representative of Renaissance Revival architecture and has an asymmetric design. The building was designed by government architect Armin Wegner, although the emperor repeatedly intervened in its design.
Bad Homburg station is now used by S-Bahn S5 services running between Frankfurt South and Friedrichsdorf and Hessische Landesbahn-operated RB 15 services running on the Taunusbahn between Frankfurt and Friedrichsdorf and Brandoberndorf. Outside the station building is a bus station used by all Bad Homburg bus routes and most regional bus routes.
It is planned to extend line U2 of the Frankfurt U-Bahn from Bad Homburg Gonzenheim to Bad Homburg station. A project known as Regionaltangente West (Regional Tangent West) would build a north–south line through Frankfurt Airport Regional station and could connect with the Bad Homburg station.
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