Zvolen osobná railway station

Zvolen passenger railway station (Slovak: Zvolen osobná stanica, abbreviated Zvolen os.st.; Hungary: Zólyom-személyi pályaudvar; Czech: Zvolen osobní nádraží; Polish: Główna stacja kolejowa w Zwoleniu) is the main passenger station serving the city of Zvolen, Zvolen District, located in Banská Bystrica Region, central Slovakia and an important railway junction in Slovakia.

Zvolen osobná stanica
Central station
Zvolen - cyklotrasa pri železničnej stanici -a.jpg
The station main hall, 2022
General information
LocationT. G. Masaryka
966 01 Zvolen
Coat of Arms of Zvolen.svg Zvolen
Zvolen District
 Banská Bystrica Region
 Slovakia
Coordinates48°34′12″N 19°07′12″E / 48.57000°N 19.12000°E / 48.57000; 19.12000Coordinates: 48°34′12″N 19°07′12″E / 48.57000°N 19.12000°E / 48.57000; 19.12000
Elevation304 m (997 ft)
Owned byŽeleznice Slovenskej republiky
(ŽSR)
Operated byŽelezničná spoločnosť Slovensko
(ZSSK)
Line(s)
Distance21.383 km (13.287 mi)
from Banská Bystrica
Platforms4 (+ 1a)
Connections
  • Buses (national and international)
  • Buses (city)
  • Taxi
Construction
ArchitectJozef Lacko
History
Opened1959; 63 years ago (1959)
Rebuilt2020–2022 (renovation)
Location
Zvolen osobná stanica is located in Slovakia
Zvolen osobná stanica
Zvolen osobná stanica
Location within Slovakia

EtymologyEdit

The station is named osobná stanica (passenger station) to differentiate it from Zvolen nákladná stanica, a large freight terminal a short distance east, which is also served by some local stopping trains.

Zvolen osobná stanica was previously called "Zvolen Hrad station" (prior to 1959) and "Zvolen osobné nádraží" (between 1959 - 1972).

LocationEdit

Zvolen osobná railway station is located southwest from the city centre on the northern bank of the Slatina river and is accessible from T. G. Masaryka street.

There is a bus station across the street, offering access to MHD (city) transport and national transport.

Present dayEdit

Zvolen railway station currently serves as the main railway point to connect the southern route (Bratislava and Košice), but also as a regional point in various directions, such as Šahy, Levice, Banská Bystrica or Vrútky. Trains of all national categories (Os, R, RR, REX) stop at the station. For most national train lines, the station is the terminating or departing station. The REX category has been operating specifically between Zvolen and Banská Bystrica since 2022 to speed up transport between the two cities.

The main station is divided into passenger and cargo parts. There is a mailing station right next to the Zvolen osobná railway station, which is connected to train rails as well.

Other stationsEdit

There are also two smaller stations in Zvolen:

  • Zvolen mesto (direction to Banská Bystrica), north of Zvolen osobná railway station, closer to the town centre
  • Zvolen nákladná stanica (direction to Košice), east of Zvolen osobná railway station, serves primarily for freight trains

ŽOS ZvolenEdit

The Zvolen railway junction also includes railway workshops, which today function as an independent production and repair company of ŽOS Zvolen rail vehicles.

Armored train HurbanEdit

The replica armored train Hurban is displayed close to the station which was an armored train used during World War II, during the Slovak National uprising.

PlatformsEdit

There are 4 platforms (+ 1a) in the station. Platforms 1 and 1a are accessible from the main station building and from both underpasses, platforms 2–4 are "island" based and are accessible via both underpasses.

Each platform has 1 lift, serving primarily for wheelchair access.

Platform 1a elongates the first platform, which serves for longer trains (usually of categories R or RR).

HistoryEdit

 
Old main railway station (today serves for freight trains, 1915)

First railsEdit

At the beginning of the 1860s, coal consumption in Hungary began to grow significantly. In May 1861, the St. Stephen's Coal Mining Company was established, which sought to exploit the coal reserves of the Salgotarjan Coalfield. To ensure the transport of the coal extracted from this district, the General Assembly of this company in 1861 decided to build the railway Lučenec – Fiľakovo – Salgótarián – Pázstó – Hatvan – Aszód – Isaszeg – Pest and applied for a concession for this railway. On January 19, 1863, the newly established The Pest-Lučenec-Banská Bystrica Railway and Satoštofan Coal Mining Company was granted a concession, which obliged the association to build a railway in the Pest – Lučenec section until 1866 and to continue the line in the Lučenec – Banská Bystrica section until 1870.

First stationEdit

Because the private company had problems raising capital and financing the construction, in 1868 the company was bought by the state and the line was renamed the Hungarian Northern Railway and the construction of the railway in today's Slovakia was intensified. At the same time, it was decided to build a connection between this line and the Košice-Bohumín railway under construction on the Zvolen – Hronská Dúbrava – Kremnica – Vrútky route. The section Salgótarián – Fiľakovo – Lučenec was put into operation on May 4, 1871, Zvolen was put into operation a month later – June 18, 1871, when the section Lučenec – Zvolen was put into operation. An important traffic junction was destined for the construction of a railway depot, which provided the background for technology. Zvolen became an important railway hub and important industrial centre.

New stationEdit

The current passenger station began construction in 1952 [1] on the site of the original Zvolen – Hrad stop. Work on the new passenger station was completed in 1963, and was put into operation during construction (1959), which significantly relieved the original main railway station in Zvolen, which began to serve primarily for the needs of rail freight, which was also adapted its name on Zvolen – freight station.

ReconstructionEdit

 
Reconstruction of the 2nd platform

Reconstruction of the station building to its current form began in 2019 and was completed in 2022. Reconstruction of the station included the modernization of the main passenger railway station in Zvolen, which includes the installation of a camera system and new elevators on each of the platforms, which should ensure barrier-free transfer for immobile passengers throughout the railway station. The reconstruction also included the redesign of the platforms themselves. There was also an reseeding of tracks near the station. The existing Internet connection was also modified, the HaVIS information equipment (voice and visual train information) was expanded and reloaded, and a new electronic security system and electric fire alarm system were built.

At the same time, the city of Zvolen reconstructed the area and park located in front of the passenger station itself from 2020 to 2022, which changed the dispositional connection of the pedestrian infrastructure to the main bus station, but also the platform of public transport. New parking spaces for motor vehicles have also been added, as well as bicycle stands for passengers and visitors to the city. The mineral spring near the station was also reconstructed (by draining mineral waters).

Since 2022, a new modern technical and hygienic train maintenance center has been under construction, which is also to be established in Nové Zámky, Košice and Humenné. It is located near the building of the Main Passenger Railway Station in Zvolen.

ServicesEdit

 
View of the main building from the 2nd platform

The station is owned by Železnice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR); passenger train services are operated by Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK).

  • Ticket sales (national and international)
  • Customer Center
  • Luggage storage
  • Buffet
  • Newsstand
  • Barrier-free access
  • Tactile paving
  • Wifi network
  • WC
  • Cycling station

NearbyEdit

 
View from Pusty Hrad

TransportEdit

  • Zvolen bus station (national and international transport)
  • MHD bus stops (city transport)
  • Rail station parking space

SightsEdit

LinesEdit

Zvolen osobná railway station is a hub for the following Slovakian railway lines:

Preceding station   ŽSSK   Following station
Terminus   Regional fast trains   Banská Bystrica
toward Žilina
Žiar nad Hronom
toward Bratislava
  Regional fast trains   Zvolen mesto
toward Košice via Banská Bystrica
    Detva
toward Košice via Lučenec
Hronská Dúbrava
toward Levice
  Stopping trains   Zvolen mesto
toward Banská Bystrica
    Zvolen nákladná stanica
toward Lučenec

GalleryEdit

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