|Entrance buildings: Prussian station on left – Bavarian on right|
|Category||Local railway hub |
|Station tracks|| |
|Daily train services|| |
|Construction and location|
2 November 1858 – Prussian part
|List of railway stations in Thuringia|
Meiningen station is a junction of four railways and with its facilities is one the most important railway station in southern
Meininger station is located at the 60.69 km mark of the Werra Railway (from
The plan for the construction of a railway station in Meiningen was developed as early as 1838, as part of the first project for a railway line through the
On 15 December 1874 the
With the opening of the
After the formation of the
In 1960, the last major renovation of the passenger station was carried out. In place of the old station hall, a new hall was built with ticket counters, baggage lockers,
After the construction of the Inner German border,
Diesel locomotives were stationed at the depot from 1967. Around 1970, the Städteschnellverkehr (“city rapid”) service to Berlin was abandoned. From 25 October 1976 the Städteexpress (“city express”) service Rennsteig ran between Berlin and Meiningen. The relatively small station was now congested and often two trains departed simultaneously from a platform. In 1980 a new roundhouse with 12 locomotive stalls and a turntable was inaugurated at the railway depot. Furthermore, a new carriage washing facility was opened in the Bavarian part of the station.
In 2001 Deutsche Bahn transferred regional rail services in the southern Thuringia area to Süd-Thüringen-Bahn (STB), founded in 1999. Its new rail routes and operations were based in Meiningen station. STB took over the depot in the same year and has used it since then as a maintenance facility and business headquarters. Since 2004, Erfurter Bahn (EB) has operated the Unterfranken-Shuttle, a new direct rail link between Meiningen and Schweinfurt. The Unterfranken-Shuttle uses the tracks and platforms of the Bavarian station as well as the Meininger station as the location of its business operations. The Bavarian section of the station is also used for parking Deutsche Bahn
The station building is a neoclassical building and consists of two parts. The larger northern building was opened in 1858 for the Werra Railway and was taken over by the Prussian state railway in 1895. The southern building was built by the Royal Bavarian State Railways in 1874 with the opening of the Schweinfurt–Meiningen line. In 1900, the two buildings were joined with a single-storey low-rise building, which includes the station concourse and its service facilities. The entrance building contains the following customer facilities: travel agency/ticketing, ticket machines, bakery and snack bar, waiting area and a games room. The building also accommodates the operations of the Süd-Thüringen-Bahn and the Erfurter Bahn companies, as well as operations of the Southeastern Regional Area of
Tracks and platforms
With a length of 1.3 km, the station area covers an area of ten hectares. It has 41 tracks with a total length of 9,222 m. 13 of these tracks are in the Bavarian part of the station. The longest track is track 2 at 937 m, the shortest is the connecting track V66 at 10 m. The passenger station consists of a through station with platform tracks 1, 1a and 2 and a terminal station with platform tracks 3 and 4. There is barrier-free access to all platforms. The platforms have the following destinations, lengths and heights:
Other parts of the station
On the east side of the railway property is the former goods yard. A sales outlet and a workshop are now located there. On the west side there is a rail freight unloading yard and the Bavarian part of the station, which is mainly used as a train depot for the Unterfranken-Shuttle, Erfurter Bahn and Deutsche Bahn Regional-Expresses. For the ease of operations there are three signal boxes, a fourth has been closed. Opposite the entrance building is the Meiningen depot. It is used for the permanent establishment of the Süd-Thüringen-Bahn. Furthermore, a
- Thielmann, Georg; Lohr, Hermann (in German). Bahnbetriebswerk Meiningen. Berlin: Bahn & Bild Verlag.
- Avemark, Tino (2008) (in German). Der Meininger Bahnhof im Wandel der Zeit. Meiningen: Bielsteinverlag.
- "Meiningen station track plan" (in German) (PDF; 250 kB). Deutsche Bahn. http://www.deutschebahn.com/site/bahn/de/geschaefte/infrastruktur__schiene/netz/netzzugang/dokumente/Bahnhof/SNB/U/UM__NBS.pdf. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
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