Euskirchen station

Euskirchen station is an important transport hub with heavy commuter traffic in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is it situated on Cologne–Trier, Bonn–Euskirchen, Euskirchen–Bad Münstereifel and the Euskirchen–Düren lines. The station is located on Alleestraße (street) on the Pützberg (hill) and is the largest station in the district.

Euskirchen
Deutsche Bahn
Junction station
Eu bahnhof richtung satvey.jpg
LocationEuskirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Germany
Coordinates50°39′28″N 6°47′28″E / 50.65778°N 6.79111°E / 50.65778; 6.79111Coordinates: 50°39′28″N 6°47′28″E / 50.65778°N 6.79111°E / 50.65778; 6.79111
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated by
Line(s)
Platforms5
Other information
Station code1734[1]
DS100 codeHHML[2]
IBNR8000100
Category3[1]
Websitewww.bahnhof.de
History
Opened1864
Traffic
Passengers16,000
Services
Preceding station   DB Regio NRW   Following station
toward Trier Hbf
RE 12
Eifel-Mosel-Express
toward Gerolstein
RE 22
Eifel-Express
RB 23
Voreifel-Bahn
toward Bonn Hbf
toward Kall
RB 24
Eifel-Bahn
Preceding station   Rurtalbahn   Following station
toward Düren Hbf
RB 28
Eifel-Bördebahn
via Zülpich
Terminus
Location
Euskirchen is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Euskirchen
Euskirchen
Location in North Rhine-Westphalia
Euskirchen is located in Germany
Euskirchen
Euskirchen
Location in Germany
Euskirchen is located in Europe
Euskirchen
Euskirchen
Location in Europe

HistoryEdit

The first Euskirchen station was built in 1846 in a neoclassical style, far outside the then city centre on the Pützberg. The station was considered to be a "business card" for the city and was the starting point for any parades and pageants through the city. The forecourt was planned as a park and construction began on a green space around a central war memorial, which was completed on 24 May 1903. Thus lawns, hedges and trees were created in front of the station building. As traffic has increased dramatically, the plaza has been redesigned several times. The entire rail infrastructure continued to grow steadily and at that time housed a water tower, a freight shed, an engine shed, a turntable and five signal boxes. In May 1928 the war memorial was moved to Hindenburgplatz. In the 1930s, the trees and lawns slowly disappeared. At the end of 1944 the entire site, including the station building, was destroyed permanently during violent and systematic bombing by the Allies.[3]

Lines were opened as follows:[4]

  • 2 October 1864: Euskirchen–Düren
  • 1871: Euskirchen–Trier
  • 1 October 1875: Euskirchen–Cologne
  • 7 June 1880: Euskirchen–Bonn
  • 1 October 1890: Euskirchen–Bad Münstereifel

After 1945Edit

On 1 August 1945, traffic was restored on a temporarily repaired line from Aachen to Düren, Euskirchen and Bonn.[5] In 1956 a new station building was built on the site. Deutsche Bundesbahn built it in a functional style, as was customary in the postwar period. The Euskirchen painter and graphic designer Konrad Schaefer designed the facade windows. The plaza was redesigned. Thus the remaining trees were removed and the former character of the park was gone for good. The former gardens were replaced in 1956 by a paved surface with islands for bus stops.[6]

Since 1970Edit

 
Station at night

Euskirchen station is a major railway junction, and its lines have had to cope with a high volume of commuter traffic with heavy overcrowding of trains. In order to handle traffic a new central railway station signal box was built for the equivalent of about €2.9 million. This was put into operation on 12 December 1973, after three years of planning and construction. Since the 90s, large central bus station, which was built by the city, has been located directly on the station forecourt. This has two fully covered walkways, which are served on both sides and a less protected platform for school buses. There is also an information point for travellers, electronic information displays, and an integrated taxi parking area. The station building houses lockers, vending machines, a ticket office, a bookstore, a bakery and a McDonald's restaurant.

2008 to dateEdit

 
RB 23 Voreifelbahn service

Euskirchen station, apart from its forecourt, has not changed much structurally since the establishment of the new signal box at the station in 1973. The station building and platforms with their subway and canopies are now considered obsolete. Therefore, Deutsche Bahn announced in the spring of 2008 that it would modernise the station as part of a program for station modernisation throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. The station was upgraded and facilities for the disabled expanded. Parts of the western entrance building were demolished and a temporary bridge was erected at the eastern end of the platforms. The old underpass, the stairs up to the platforms and part of the roof were demolished completely and a new 70 m long and 6 m wide pedestrian underpass was built with three lifts and new staircases. The platforms were raised to a height of 76 cm to improve entrances and exits to trains. In addition, the pedestrian underpass and the platforms were equipped with tactile paving. The lighting, speakers, and information system were fundamentally renewed. This €8.3 million project was completed in mid November 2010.

PlatformsEdit

Euskirchener station has 6 (7) platform tracks for passenger services:

  • Track 1 for scheduled stopping trains from Cologne towards Kall, Gerolstein or Trier (rarely used by through freight trains)
  • Track 2 for scheduled stopping train from Trier, Gerolstein or Kall towards Cologne
  • Track 3 for scheduled stopping train from Bad Münstereifel towards Bonn
  • Track 4 for scheduled stopping train from Cologne ending at Euskirchen and trains to and from Düren (Sundays only)
  • Track 5 for scheduled stopping train from Bonn to Bad Münstereifel
  • Track 46
  • Track 47 occasionally for setting up trains to run on the Börde line (Euskirchen–Düren) [7]

Current operationsEdit

Local rail transport on the Eifel Railway (Eifelbahn) and the Voreifel Railway (Voreifelbahn) is operated by DB Regio NRW using Alstom Coradia LINT 54 and 81 DMUs.[8]

Passenger servicesEdit

Currently Euskirchen station is served by the following services:

Line Service Route Frequency
RE 12 Eifel-Mosel-Express CologneEuskirchenGerolsteinTrier 3 train pairs
RE 22 Eifel-Express Cologne – Euskirchen – Gerolstein 60 min
RB 23 Erfttalbahn Euskirchen - Bad Münstereifel 60 min
RB 24 Eifelbahn Cologne – EuskirchenKall 60 min
RB 28 Bördebahn Euskirchen - Zülpich - Vettweiß - Düren 120 min (weekdays)

180 min (weekends
and public holidays)

S 23 Voreifelbahn Bonn - Rheinbach - Euskirchen 15 (30/60) min

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2020" [Station price list 2020] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (10 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2017. ISBN 978-3-89494-146-8.
  3. ^ Euskirchen im Wandel (in German). 2007. p. 4.
  4. ^ F. Koch. "110 Jahre Eisenbahn im Raum Euskirchen" (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  5. ^ Hans-Dieter Arntz (20 September 2008). "Die Zerstörung des Voreifeler Eisenbahnnetzes und der erste Aufbau nach Kriegsende (1944 und 1945) – Eine Bestandsaufnahme des Reichsbahn-Betriebsamtes Euskirchen" (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  6. ^ Euskirchen im Wandel (in German). 2007. p. 5.
  7. ^ "Düren - Euskirchen (Bördebahn)" (in German). Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  8. ^ "DB Regio Rheinland erhält Zuschlag für das Kölner Dieselnetz" (Press release) (in German). Deutsche Bahn. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011.