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BOCHUM . GELSENKIRCHEN . HERNE
 Nordrhein-Westfalen . Germany

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 System

The three cities of Bochum (400,000 inh.), Herne (175,000 inh.) and Gelsenkirchen (280,000 inh.) served by BOGESTRA lie in the eastern Ruhr valley, between Essen and Dortmund. The general Rhein-Ruhr Stadtbahn network designed in the early 1970's included three routes for this area, all meeting at Bochum Hauptbahnhof: (1) a north-south route from Recklinghausen to Bochum and Witten via Herne, (2) a route from Hattingen in the southwest to Castrop-Rauxel in the northeast, and (3) a route from Gelsenkirchen in the northwest to the southeastern parts of Bochum.

So far, only an essential part of the first north-south route is in service. Stadtbahn line U35 runs underground for most of its route through Herne and Bochum. The southern section to Ruhr University runs on the surface in the middle strip of a major road with only two level crossings.

The second route is finished through the centre of Bochum and is currently served by low floor tram lines 308 and 318 with 4 underground stations.

The third route is mainly built through the centre of Gelsenkirchen. This a tram tunnel with 7 underground stations, only used by line 301 (Gelsenkirchen Hbf - Buer - GE-Horst). Lines 107 to Essen and line 302 coming from Bochum leave the tunnel on a ramp near Musiktheater.

In the centre of Bochum, the third route (initially referred to as U21) was eventually completed in 2006 with four underground stations, Bochumer Verein/Jahrhunderthalle, Rathaus Süd, Hauptbahnhof and Lohring. This tunnel is used by trams 302 (Gelsenkirchen - Bochum-Laer) and 310 (Bochum-Höntrop - Witten). At the same time a short tunnel for tram line 306 was opened, with the peculiar feature of running perpendicularly through the new Rathaus Süd station on a glass-covered bridge,i.e. passengers waiting for a 302 or 310 tram can see tram 306 crossing above their platforms. Tram 306 stops just outside the tunnel section.

Bochum Hauptbahnhof was fully prepared for the 3 cross-city routes right from the start, the upper level is for the southeast-northwest tram route (308/318) and line 306 (which terminates here), and the lower level (two separate tunnels) for two routes providing cross-platform interchange in the same direction, the inner tracks being used by U35 and the outer tracks by tram lines 302 and 310.

 STADTBAHN
Lines: 1 (U35)
Line length: 15.3 km (11 km underground)
Track gauge: 1435 mm
Rolling Stock (high-floor): DUEWAG "B" cars (1983-93); Stadler Tango (2007)
U35 Bochum Hustadt U35 Bochum Hauptbahnhof
 TRAMWAY
BOGESTRA tram network length: approx. 84 km (11.7 km underground)
Lines: 6 (301, 302, 306, 308, 310, 318)
Track gauge: 1000 mm
Rolling stock: DUEWAG M6 (high-floor; 1976-82); DUEWAG MGT6D (low-floor; 1992-94)
306 Rathaus 308 Hattingen Mitte
 History

Bochum:
26 May 1979 - Bochum Hauptbahnhof - Schauspielhaus - ramp (1.6 km - tram tunnel 308/318)
28 Nov 1981 - Bochum Hauptbahnhof - Planetarium - ramp (1.7 km - tram tunnel 308/318)
2 Sept 1989 - U35 Schloss Strünkede (Herne) - Bochum Hauptbahnhof (9.7 km)
1993 - U35 Bochum Hauptbahnhof - Waldring - ramp (1.5 km)
29 Jan 2006 - ramp - Bochumer Verein/Jahrhunderthalle - Lohring - ramp
(tram tunnel 302/310)
29 Jan 2006 -
Rathaus - ramp - Hauptbahnhof (tram tunnel 306)

Gelsenkirchen:
01 Sept 1984 - ramp - Gelsenkirchen Hbf - Neumarkt (now Heinrich-König-Platz) - ramp (1.6 km - tram tunnel)

29 May 1994 - Gelsenkirchen Neumarkt - Trinenkamp - ramp (2.1 km - tram tunnel)

 Stadtbahn Photos
U35 Rathaus Nord © R. Schwandl U35 Bochum Hauptbahnhof © R. Schwandl U35 Hustadt © R. Schwandl U35 Herne Bahnhof © R. Schwandl Ruhr Universität © Philipp Krammer
(1)-(4) 2005 © R. Schwandl (5) Philipp Krammer (See tram photos below)

 Projects

At its southern end, U35 may be extended above ground to Fachhochschule with 2 stations.

 Practical Info

U35 operates from 4:30 until 1:00, every 5 minutes from Hustadt to Riemke Markt and every 10 minutes to Schloss Strünkede, every 15 minutes in the evening (after 20:00).

For fares see Düsseldorf

 Links

BOGESTRA - Official Page

Stadtbahn Rhein-Ruhr by Jochen Schönfisch

Bochum Tram Track Map at gleisplanweb.de

 Books

 

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Tram Atlas DeutschlandRobert Schwandl:

Schwandl's TRAM ATLAS DEUTSCHLAND.

- April 2009, Berlin, ISBN 978 3 836573 09 1.

- Detailed colour maps for more than 50 German tramway cities, illustrated with numerous photos - More details

Schnellbahnen in Deutschland/Metros in GermanyRobert Schwandl:

Schnellbahnen in Deutschland
Metros in Germany

U-Bahn - Stadtbahn - S-Bahn.

- April 2007, Berlin, ISBN 978 3 836573 18 3

- Anything you need to know about German metro and light rail systems, with detailed maps and hundreds of colour photos; 192 pages; Text German and English - More details

 


 Tram Photos
Amtsstraße
Wanne-Eickel Hbf
August-Bebel-Platz
Bochum Hauptbahnhof
Dahlhausen
Engelbert-Brunnen
Bochumer Verein / Jahrhunderthalle
Lohring
   

 


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