Sittard–Herzogenrath railway

The Sittard–Herzogenrath railway is a railway line running from Sittard in the Netherlands to Herzogenrath in Germany, passing through Heerlen. The line was opened in 1896.

Sittard–Herzogenrath railway
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LocaleThe Netherlands and Germany
TerminiSittard railway station
Herzogenrath station
Operator(s)Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Arriva
Line length29 km (18 mi)
Number of tracksdouble track (Sittard–Landgraaf),
single track (Landgraaf–Herzogenrath)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification1.5 kV DC (Sittard–border NL/D)
Route map


The line was nationalized in 1899. In World War II, cross-border passenger traffic was stopped on the line. In 1992, the first passenger trains began running on the line at 2-hour intervals as a City Express from Aachen to Heerlen. As the first real stage of the transnational regional rail system Euregiobahn in June 2001, the connection from Aachen to Heerlen via Herzogenrath was introduced. The train ran hourly from Heerlen to Stolberg.


April 2014 marked the start of the electrification of the single-track railway from Landgraaf to Herzogenrath, which was completed at the end of 2018. On 27 January 2019 Arriva started a direct service between Aachen, Heerlen and Maastricht.[1] Plans to extend this service from Maastricht to Liège (Belgium) have been delayed to 2020 or later.[2]

The following train services on this track:

  • Intercity IC 3500: Amsterdam Schiphol – Utrecht – Eindhoven – Heerlen
  • Sneltrein RE 18: Aachen – Heerlen – Maastricht
  • Stoptrein RS15: Sittard – Heerlen – Kerkrade


The main interchange stations on the Sittard–Herzogenrath railway are:



  1. ^ "Drielandentrein rijdt, maar voorlopig wel als tweelandentrein". NOS (in Dutch). 2019-01-27. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  2. ^ "Drielandentrein in 2019 zeker niet meer door naar België". De Limburger (in Dutch). 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-03-22.