S8 (Rhine-Main S-Bahn)

The S8 service of the S-Bahn Rhein-Main system bearing the KBS (German scheduled railway route) number 645.8. It is largely concurrent with the S9 service, diverging only to run local through Mainz (which the S9 bypasses). It runs 24 hours, 7 days.

S8
Frankfurt S8.svg
Mainz Römisches Theater 1.jpg
S8 at station Mainz Roman Theatre
Overview
TypeRapid transit, Commuter rail
SystemS-Bahn Rhein-Main
StatusOperational
LocaleFrankfurt Rhine-Main
TerminiWiesbaden Hauptbahnhof
Hanau Hauptbahnhof
Stations29
ServicesMain Railway, Citytunnel Frankfurt, South Main S-Bahn
Line number8
Operation
Opened1995 (1995)
OwnerRhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund
Operator(s)DB Regio
Depot(s)Frankfurt Hbf
Rolling stockDB Class 420
Technical
Line length70.3 km (43.7 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationOverhead line
Route number645.8

RoutesEdit

Main RailwayEdit

City tunnelEdit

The city tunnel is an underground, pure S-Bahn route used by almost all services (except for the S7 service which terminates at the central station). In a short section between Mühlberg and Offenbach-Kaiserlei a line parallel with the South Main railway is used.

South Main S-BahnEdit

HistoryEdit

Year Stations Route
1974 (R14) 15 Wiesbaden Hbf – Frankfurt Hbf
1983 (S14) 18 (+3) Wiesbaden Hbf – Konstablerwache
1990 (S14) 21 (+3) Wiesbaden Hbf – Frankfurt Süd
1995 28 (+9, -2) Wiesbaden Hbf – Hanau Hbf

In 1972 the Frankfurt Airport loop, a new line to connect the recently built Terminal Mitte (Central Terminal) at the Frankfurt Airport to the Central Station and the Main railway, became operational. Two years later the R14 experimental service running between Wiesbaden Central Station and Frankfurt Central Station started. After the opening of the Frankfurt Citytunnel the service was renamed to S14 and extended to the new Hauptwache underground station. In 1980 the new shuttle service S15 running between the Airport station and Frankfurt Central Station started operation. Further extensions of the tunnel followed in 1983 (Konstablerwache) and 1990 (Ostendstraße and Lokalbahnhof) so that the Südbahnhof (South station) became the S14's eastern terminal. In 1995 both services S14 and S15 were renamed to S8 and extended their operation to the east connecting the Central Station of Hanau. Like the S1 the S8 now also used the eastern branch of the Frankfurt Citytunnel as well as the Offenbach Citytunnel.

In 1990 two S14 trainsets collided near the Rüsselsheim station killing 17 and injuring 145 passengers. The conductor of the train bound for Frankfurt ignored the stop signal and crashed into an oncoming, fully occupied train.[1]

OperationEdit

 
S8 at the airport station, bound for Wiesbaden
 
S8 at Offenbach East station, bound for Wiesbaden
 
Trainset at Hanau-Steinheim station
  1. Wiesbaden Hbf – Hanau Hbf
  2. Wiesbaden Hbf – Offenbach Ost
  3. Kelsterbach – Frankfurt Hbf
  4. Flughafen Regionalbahnhof – Frankfurt Hbf (former S15 service)
  5. Rüsselsheim – Offenbach Ost
  6. Rüsselsheim – Frankfurt Hbf
  Journey time Station Transfer S-Bahn service
since
1 2 3 4 5 6

WiesbadenEdit

0   Wiesbaden Hbf     1978
4 +4 Wiesbaden Ost     1978

MainzEdit

7 +3 Mainz Nord 1978
12 +5   Mainz Hauptbahnhof 1978
16 +4 Mainz Römisches Theater 1978

Kreis Groß-GerauEdit

19 +3 Mainz-Gustavsburg 1978
22 +3   Mainz-Bischofsheim   1978
25 +3 Rüsselsheim-Opelwerk   1978
28 +3 Rüsselsheim   1978
31 +3 Raunheim   1978
36 +5 Kelsterbach   1978

Frankfurt am MainEdit

42 +6   Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbahnhof   1978
44 +2 Gateway Gardens   2019
46 +2   Frankfurt Stadion     1978
49 +3   Frankfurt-Niederrad     1978
53 +4   Frankfurt Hbf                     1978
54 +5   Frankfurt Hbf (tief)                     1978
56 +2 Taunusanlage               1978
58 +2   Hauptwache                           1978
59 +1   Konstablerwache                       1983
61 +2 Ostendstraße               1990
63 +2   Mühlberg       1992

OffenbachEdit

66 +3   Offenbach-Kaiserlei       1995
68 +2   Ledermuseum       1995
70 +2   Marktplatz       1995
73 +3   Offenbach Ost       1995

Kreis OffenbachEdit

77 +4   Mühlheim   1995
79 +2   Mühlheim-Dietesheim   1995

Main-Kinzig-KreisEdit

82 +3   Hanau-Steinheim   1995
82 +3 Hanau Hbf   1995

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bilder bis heute im Kopf" (in German). FR Online. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30.

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