Duisburg Hauptbahnhof
Duisburg Hauptbahnhof (usually translated from German as Duisburg Central Station, short form: Duisburg Hbf) is the Hauptbahnhof of the city of Duisburg in western Germany. It is situated at the meeting point of many important national and international railway lines in the Northwestern Ruhr valley.

The station is situated at the northern end of the relatively straight Duisburg to Düsseldorf railway line which has to cope with one of the highest daily loads in continental Europe. This line is slated to be widened to six tracks in the near future. Currently it has four"and in some places five"tracks. Parallel to it to the east is the local line to Duisburg-Wedau, remnant of a relief line to Düsseldorf which only sees a local shuttle service today but is heavily used by freight trains (which usually don't run through the station but bypass it on a freight-only line two miles to the east). The third line from the south is the railway line to Krefeld and Mönchengladbach. This crosses the River Rhine and then splits into the main line and a branch to Moers and Xanten at Rheinhausen. North of the station, seven tracks run to the River Ruhr crossing (which is a sight on the Route der Industriekultur (Route of industrial heritage) due to a maze of girder bridges) where three tracks split for Oberhausen and on to Antwerp or Dortmund via Gelsenkirchen. The four-tracked main line turns east and runs via Essen and Bochum to Dortmund.

Operational usage

The station is an important hub for InterCityExpress, InterCity and EuroCity trains from and to the Netherlands, Berlin, Switzerland, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne. It also is an important connection point for RegionalExpress and RegionalBahn lines and has two S-Bahn lines of the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn calling at the station. A nearby Stadtbahn station offers local connections as well as trams to Mülheim an der Ruhr and Düsseldorf. Long distance trains

Regional trains

Local travel
Trams and buses call at the northern concourse (not connected to the main hall). There is another bus station at the eastern end of the main concourse, but not all lines serving the station call there. Taxis are available at both ends of the main concourse. The station is directly connected to the motorway A59 whichs runs under the plaza in front of the main entrance. Long-distance coaches depart from a small bus station at the city end of the station (behind the taxi ranks, to the left).

The current station building dates from the 1930s and was modelled after the train station in Königsberg. After WW2 it was extensively rebuilt and many features (such as murals in the main concourse) were lost. Its 6 platforms are covered by a train shed at their southern ends and modern canopies to the north where there is a second concourse housing the bus and tram stops. The station today has a rather drab feeling with the train shed in need of repair as there are quite a number of holes in the roof.

As is usual with station of its size, Duisburg Hbf has a number of shops on its concourse and in the main hall. These include a book shop, a barber shop, several telecommunication accessories dealers, 2 bars, a small gambling arcade and several bakers and fast food stalls. The booking hall is located in the main hall (city exit), and lockers are provided at the beginning of the concourse to the right, next to the toilets. In the station building outside the concourse there is a hotel and local newspaper offices, and there used to be a fairly large night club which closed in early 2006 and has remained empty since. Location of the Duisburg to Düsseldorf line Retrieved from " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duisburg_Hauptbahnhof" Categories: Hauptbahnhof | Railway stations in North Rhine-Westphalia | S1 (Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn) | S2 (Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn) | Buildings and structures in Duisburg | Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn stations Hidden categories: Articles lacking sources from August 2009 | All articles lacking sources | All articles with unsourced statements | Articles with unsourced statements from September 2010 Preceding station DB AG Following station ICE 10 ICE 31 ICE 41 ICE 42 ICE 43 toward Amsterdam Centraal toward Frankfurt (Main) Hbf ICE 78 toward Amsterdam Centraal toward Köln Hbf IC 26 Köln-Hamburg toward Hamburg-Altona toward Chur IC/EC 30 toward Ostseebad Binz or Seebad Heringshof toward Innsbruck Hbf IC/EC 32 Mülheim Hbf toward Berlin Südkreuz toward Karlsruhe Hbf, Stuttgart Hbf, or Luxembourg IC/EC 35 toward Emden Außenhafen or Norddeich Mole toward Oberstdorf IC 55 Mülheim Hbf toward Leipzig Hauptbahnhof toward Köln Hbf IC 51 toward Ostseebad Binz Preceding station DB AG Following station Düsseldorf-Flughafen toward Aachen Hbf RE 1 NRW - Express Mülheim Hbf toward Paderborn Hbf Düsseldorf-Flughafen toward Düsseldorf Hbf RE 2 Rhein-Haard-Express Mülheim Hbf toward Münster Hbf Düsseldorf-Flughafen toward Emmerich RE 5 Rhein - Express toward Koblenz Hbf Düsseldorf-Flughafen toward Düsseldorf Hbf RE 6 Westfalen - Express Mülheim Hbf toward Minden Rheinhausen toward Mönchengladbach Hbf RE 11 Rhein-Hellweg - Express Mülheim Hbf toward Hamm Rheinhausen toward Xanten RB 31 Der Niederrheiner Terminus Duisburg-Hochfeld Süd toward Aachen Hbf RB 33 Rhein-Niers-Bahn toward Wesel Düsseldorf-Flughafen toward Düsseldorf Hbf RB 35 Der Weseler toward Emmerich Terminus RB 37 Der Wedauer Duisburg-Wedau toward Duisburg-Entenfang Preceding station eurobahn Following station Düsseldorf-Flughafen toward Düsseldorf Hbf RE 3 Rhein-Emscher Express toward Hamm Preceding station Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn Following station Duisburg-Schlenk toward Solingen Hbf S1 Mülheim-Styrum Terminus S2


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