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Zürich Altstetten railway station

Zürich Altstetten railway station (German: Bahnhof Zürich Altstetten) is a railway station in the Altstetten quarter of the Swiss city of Zürich. The station is located on the Zürich to Olten main line and is the junction for the Zürich to Zug via Affoltern am Albis line.[1][2]

Zürich Altstetten
Panorama altstetten-station-sundown.jpg
The station at sunset
LocationAltstetten,
City of Zürich,
Canton of Zürich
Switzerland
Coordinates47°23′30″N 8°29′21″E / 47.39167°N 8.48917°E / 47.39167; 8.48917Coordinates: 47°23′30″N 8°29′21″E / 47.39167°N 8.48917°E / 47.39167; 8.48917
Elevation399 m (1,309 ft)
Owned bySBB CFF FFS (Swiss Federal Railways)
Operated bySBB CFF FFS
Line(s)Zürich–Olten
Zürich–Affoltern am Albis–Zug
Platforms3
Tracks7
Train operatorsSBB, ZVV
ConnectionsZürich trams (No. 4)
Zürich trolleybuses (No. 31)
Zürich buses (No. 78, 80, 89, 95, 304, 307 & 308)
Other information
Fare zoneZVV 110
WebsiteStation map
Services
Preceding station   Swiss rail network   Following station
Zürich Hauptbahnhof   InterRegio
Zürich HB to Bern
  Olten
Zürich Hauptbahnhof   InterRegio
Zurich Airport to Basel
  Dietikon
Zürich Hardbrücke   Zürich S-Bahn
S5 service
  Urdorf
Zürich Hardbrücke   Zürich S-Bahn
S11 service
  Schlieren
Zürich Hardbrücke   Zürich S-Bahn
S12 service
  Schlieren
Zürich Hauptbahnhof   Zürich S-Bahn
S14 service
  Urdorf
Zürich Hauptbahnhof   Zürich S-Bahn
S19 service
  Dietikon
Zürich Hauptbahnhof   Zürich S-Bahn
S42 service
  Dietikon
Location
Zürich Altstetten is located in Switzerland
Zürich Altstetten
Zürich Altstetten
Location in Switzerland

The station is served by lines S5, S11, S12, S14, S19 and S42 of the Zürich S-Bahn.[3] It is also a calling point for the hourly InterRegio services that link Basel to Zurich Airport via Zürich Hauptbahnhof, and Bern to Zürich via Olten.[4]

HistoryEdit

The first station on the site was built by the Swiss Northern Railway in 1847, as part of their pioneering line from Zurich to Baden, and hence was one of the first railway stations in Switzerland. Over time, this line became today's Zürich to Olten main line and the principal rail route between Zürich and northern and western Switzerland. The Zürich to Zug via Affoltern am Albis line opened in 1864, making Altstetten into a junction station. In 1907, the Swiss Federal Railways, who had taken over both lines, opened a workshop near the station.[5]

OperationEdit

The station has one side platform and two island platforms, served by five tracks, and has station buildings and entrances on both the north and south sides of the station. The platforms and entrances are connected by a pair of pedestrian subways.[6]

The track 1 is built very close to the station building, in pedestrian area, as a light rail track (embedded into pavement). It is not used during normal operations. The numbers of tracks actually in use start from 2. The track 5 has no platform. It is only used for the passing trains that do not stop at this station.

For most of the day, the following regional services of the Zürich S-Bahn are provided:

Additionally there are single InterRegio trains per hour that call at Altstetten in both directions.[4][7]

Route 4 of the Zürich tram system serves a terminus on the northern side of the station, whilst route 31 of the Zürich trolleybus system passes the south side of the station. Zürich bus routes 78, 80, 89 and 95 also serve the south side of the station, whilst routes 304, 307 and 308 terminate at the north side.[8][9]

Future developmentEdit

Future plans involve the construction of the Limmattal light rail line that will link Altstetten station with communities further west in the valley of the Limmat. It is planned that the line will be partially opened by 2020 and will connect to the city tram system at Farbhof, just to the west of Altstetten station, with an extension of existing city tram service over the light rail line as far as Schlieren.[10][11][12]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ map.geo.admin.ch (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.
  3. ^ "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats" (PDF). ZVV. 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  4. ^ a b "Departure Bahnhof Zürich Altstetten" (PDF). Swiss Federal Railways. 2018. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  5. ^ "Altstetten". Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (in French). 2002-06-14. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  6. ^ "Zürich Altstetten" (PDF). Swiss Federal Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  7. ^ "Koblenz–Dietikon–Zürich HB–Effretikon–Pfäffikon ZH" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  8. ^ "Zurich City Map" (PDF). ZVV. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  9. ^ "Zürich West Tram". Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  10. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (March 2010). "Limmattalbahn". Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  11. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (October 2011). "Limmatalbahn to connect to Zürich tram". Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  12. ^ Moglestue, Andrew (June 2013). "Limmattalbahn into central Zürich?". Retrieved 2013-06-14.

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