Rhenish Railway Company


The industrialists of the Rhineland and the Bergisches Land , then part of Prussia , sought to avoid paying the high tolls for using the Rhine imposed by the Netherlands and very early in its development, saw the possibility of the new means of transport, the railway.

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The last section to the Belgian border at Herbesthal was opened to traffic on 15 October There was a grade of 1: Until , cable-haulage powered by a stationary steam engine assisted trains up the slope.

The line was the first line linking Germany with a non-German country. The opening of the line created further connections as the already well-developed Belgian network had two connections with northern France , but the routes to Paris was only finished in , on 16 June from Valenciennes , and on 20 June from Lille.

Pantaleon station to Bonn and Rolandseck , beginning its development of railways along the Rhine. In addition, in the Pfaffendorf bridge was built over Rhine at Koblenz and connected with the Nassau State Railways in Oberlahnstein.

The Prussian state helped finance the construction of the Pfaffendorf bridge and its connection with the Nassau State Railways.

The station and the Cathedral Bridge Dombrücke were opened in The Central Station was a combined terminal and through station: In this line was extended more than 65 km via Goch to Kleve. From there it built a railway line in over the Griethausen railway bridge to the Spyck—Welle train ferry over the Rhine, connecting to Elten and Zevenaar in the Netherlands.

This line gave the RhE not only a connection to the Dutch North Sea ports but also part of a lucrative transit route from the Netherlands to Southern Germany and Switzerland. In a new station was opened in Goch as a common station with the intersecting line of the North Brabant-German Railway Company Dutch: In work began on the construction of the km long Eifel line from Düren via Euskirchen and Gerolstein to Trier , which cost more than 16 million Prussian thalers.

The line was completed on 15 July This gave the RhE a line to the Saar coalfields and convenient connections to the iron ore mines of Lorraine now controlled by Germany as a result of the Franco-Prussian War of After the Austro-Prussian War of , the company sought to supplement its Eifel line and the planned East Rhine Railway by taking over and the Nassau State Railways lines between Wiesbaden , Oberlahnstein and Wetzlar , now controlled by the Prussian government.

However, since it was required to take over the loss-making Nahe Valley Railway in return it lost interest. A takeover of Nahe Valley Railway would have limited the profitability of the Eifel line. On 1 October a more direct route was opened from Kalscheuren on the West Rhine line to Euskirchen.

It built sidings to the many coal mines in this region, generally free of charge. In the same year, the train ferry was replaced by a solid bridge across the Rhine Duisburg-Hochfeld rail bridge , with the ferry wharf on the right bank replaced by facilities for loading coal on barges.

On 15 February a three-kilometre branch line was opened from Hochfeld train ferry station to old Duisburg, which was the starting point of a line to Quakenbrück completed on 1 July Some sections of the Rhenish Ruhr line are now closed and where trains runs it is mostly used by freight trains, the only passenger trains on the route are the line S4 S-Bahn trains through southern Dortmund.

The section of line between Duisburg-Neudorf and Essen Nord is now closed and has been converted into a cycling and hiking trail. On 11 July the section of line was opened from Neuwied to Oberkassel, where the Bonn—Oberkassel train ferry provided a connection between the West Rhine and East Rhine lines.

The section from Oberkassel to Troisdorf opened in The continuation of the line from Troisdorf to Mülheim -Speldorf was completed on 18 November , opening a cheap route for the shipping coal from the Ruhr to the south. The coal shipments grew enormously from the start, as the new railway launched its "one pfennig " tariff to compete for the coal business.

In the company continued its policy of aggressive competition in its decision to build a 75 km long railway line through the Bergisches Land from Düsseldorf to Dortmund Süd via Elberfeld , Schwelm Nord, Gevelsberg , Hagen , Herdecke and Hörde , which was completed on 19 September This line also competed with a BME line.

The RhE gained a concession for its own route north from the Prussian government on 9 June , which it completed within six years. This explains why most lines of these lines are no longer in operation. By contrast, its lines in the Rhineland and the Rhine Valley are still vital for rail transport. Also involved at an early stage were other bankers such as William Deichmann of A. The RhE was at that time the largest private company in Prussia with an initial share capital of three million Prussian thalers.

Now the route branches here on the two eastern branch lines. The route to Ostbahnhof is at only about meters, the shortest leg of the Frankfurt subway network.

The two tunnels connect to the two outer tracks of Zoo subway station. The northern track coming from Ostbahnhof crosses the tunnel of the connecting line to Enkheim. Thus, a plan-free threading of the U6 trains on the trunk line is possible. The route initially runs under the zoo grounds and then traverses a few bends in a right-hand bend and the Danziger Platz.

He is the forecourt of the Ostbahnhof. At the southeastern end is the reception building and below it the subway station Ostbahnhof. Opened in , this section is the latest addition to the C route and offers links to regional transport. The Ostbahnhof has no S-Bahn connection, but could be greatly upgraded by the planned Nordmainische S-Bahn and the new building of the European Central Bank on the grounds of the neighboring Grossmarkthalle in the future.

The outer walls of the underground station are decorated with large black and white photographs of the Main river and its bridges from the 19th to the 21st century. Decorated in the 19th century. The central platform has direct daylight through the glass roof of the central access building on Danziger Platz in front of the station building. The station was only accessible from there for eight years.

In addition, the tram line 11 received there an additional stop to allow a better transfer. Like the following two stations, this one is very simple compared to the train stations in Bockenheim and the Westend. Dominant design elements are the octagonal pillars, according to which ceiling lights and floor coverings are directed. The color of the pillar and the motifs on the outer walls are the most striking differentiator in the three stations of the Ostend line.

In the station Habsburgerallee the columns are green and on the wall there is a mosaic with donkeys by the artist Manfred Stumpf. Nearby is the Ostpark. The columns of the station are yellow and the wall motifs show black-and-white images of people communicating. The last tunnel station of the Ostend line is the subway station Eissporthalle, which lies below the settlement Bornheimer slope planned by Ernst May and belongs already to the borough Bornheim.

The settlement and the underground station are on the edge of the nearly meter-high elevation of the same name. One entrance is on the Ratsweg, another leads directly from the slope to the fairground in front of the Eissporthalle Frankfurt.

The station architecture in this case has blue columns and wintry photographs on wine-red walls. The C-Tunnel ends between the ice rink and the stadium on Bornheimer Hang, and the tracks lead through a portal out of the Bornheimer Hang.

The section of the route passes through the Bergen area, and ends at Enkheim. The color of the pillar and the motifs on the exterior walls are the most striking distinguishing feature in the three stations of the Ostend Line. The eastern section of the U7 between Johanna-Tesch-Platz and Enkheim was converted from a former tram route in For the subway stations were built with elevated platforms, enlarged curve radii and reduced crossings and equipped with traffic lights. The route runs - immediately after leaving the tunnel at the stadium on the Bornheimer slope - north along the road Am Erlenbruch.

At the junction of the Borsigallee, the track turns left to the north and continues on the median strip of this road. For this reason, here is the large Seckbacher park-and-ride parking garage, which will encourage motorists to change to the subway. The following station connects the shopping center Hessen-Center and opposite markets. The terminus Enkheim has been extensively redesigned, thus located between the two outer platforms a two-lane one-way bus lane with breakpoints for the change in or from further bus lines.

Subsequently, the district of Fechenheim is to be reached on the current tram line in central position of the Hanauer highway. The planning is in some competition with the construction of the North-Main S-Bahn line to Hanau, because instead of the S-Bahn also an extension of the U6 to Hanau is possible.

Since the city has decided in favor of the North-Main S-Bahn line, the construction is unlikely. A short extension of the urban railway line in the district of Bergen-Enkheim along the street lamp to the mountain pool Bergen is currently not pursued. The reasons are the immediately adjacent nature reserve and the unclear development of the building area lamp. At the western end of the U6, plans were made in the s to extend the route to Steinbach or even further to Kronberg-Oberhöchstadt.

To Steinbach this could be used for an originally planned city highway kept track including underpass under the A 5, a former gas station of the American Army on the highway could be converted into a park-and-ride place. The project was included in the General Transportation Plan in , but there is no concrete timetable for the construction. Also since , a reactivation of the former tram line to Bergen in the general traffic plan is provided, which is to be supplemented by a short tunnel in the old town of Berger.

In early , the Frankfurt Department of Transportation had a possible extension of the subway line 6 to Eschborn check. A stop in the industrial park Helfmann-Park was considered possible. According to the mayor of Eschborn, this would "further enhance the Eschborn location". The Greens in the high Taunuskreis also advocated for an expansion of the U6 beyond Eschborn with stops in Steinbach and Kronberg, since the city of Oberursel in the high Taunuskreis long ago via the subway line 3 was connected to the Frankfurt subway network is.

In March , however, the city council of Frankfurt decided against the further expansion of the U6 in the Taunus, as the estimated costs of around 30 million euros were considered not "portable". Many commuters who work on weekdays mainly from the direction of Frankfurt in the offices of the business park at Helfmann Park in Eschborn resident companies, now remains only the hope of the Regional Tangent West.

The planning of the Regional Tangent West provides for a total of three new stops for the industrial estate in the southeast of Eschborn. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Track 1 towards Enkheim begins counting at the junction towards Ostbahnhof between the stations Zoo and Ostbahnhof. Track 2 towards Hausen begins at the junction of the track coming from the Ostbahnhof between the stations Zoo and Konstablerwache due to the cross-platform interchange system.

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