Regiobahn GmbH

The Regiobahn GmbH (official name: Regional railway company Kaarst- Neuss- Dusseldorf - Mettmann Erkrath -Wuppertal mbH) is a railway infrastructure company in the cities of Dusseldorf, Kaarst and Wuppertal, and the circles Neuss and Mettmann.

The Regiobahn is a member of the transport association Rhein- Ruhr. She is the owner of two railway lines in North Rhine -Westphalia: Neuss Hbf - Kaarster lake and Dusseldorf Gerresheim - Dornap - Hahnenfurth. It also has diesel railcar type talent.


The company was founded on August 8, 1992 by the participating cities and counties. On 1 January 1998, the Regiobahn took over the railway lines from Neuss to Kaarst and Dusseldorf - Mettmann to Gerresheim about Dornap - Hahnenfurth of Deutsche Bahn AG.

From 24 September 1998, the restoration work was carried out on the Westast operated by the regional rail line, the setting of the until then carried out by the Deutsche Bahn passenger traffic on 2 January 1999, on the Ostast. The foundation stone for the new service station in Mettmann was laid on 13 March 1999, the inauguration was followed in September 1999.

On 26 September 1999 the company was first incorporated on the route between Mettmann and Kaarst every hour and converted to the 20 -minute intervals from 28 May 2000.


The two maintained by the regional rail lines have a total length of almost 22 kilometers, of which the line S 28 are at 18 kilometers operated, a section with further 3.7 kilometers of Mettmann Wuppertal to the station Dornap - Hahnenfurth is currently only available from the freight transport used.


For a planned extension of the S -Bahn to Bahnhof Wuppertal- Vohwinkel a realignment was already in the summer of 2005 hereby orders: The old route is exited at Wuppertal- Hahnenfurth and should be slipped in Wuppertal- Dornap in the route of the Prince William Railway. A new breakpoint Düsseldorf will connect the same Wülfrather district shortly before threading.

Since 2009 a building permit, but because of the poor financial situation of the owner municipalities could be started with the construction work immediately. Since the city of Wuppertal performs a spare budget, the approval of the district government Dusseldorf was required. The state of North Rhine -Westphalia wanted to take over the majority of the costs, but the funding was still uncertain in April 2012.

In February 2013, there were various reports that funding is now secured and can be commissioned the extension to Wuppertal Hbf the timetable change end of 2017. Construction is expected in spring 2014.

On 19 December 2013 the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urban Development and Transport of North Rhine -Westphalia has granted approval of the submitted grant request for extension of S28 of Mettmann City Forest to Wuppertal Hbf. The operation is to be taken in December 2016, following completion of the construction project.

Other Considerations

Also an extension of the line in a westerly direction was investigated. At first, a route of Kaarst Willich- Schiefbahn and Neersen to Viersen was planned. In order to obtain EU funding for cross-border traffic, the extension to the Dutch Venlo is necessary. However, since the district of Viersen excluded a financial contribution to the track, it was decided to perform the track on Schiefbahn and Neersen to Mönchengladbach. Here also the airfield Monchengladbach should be connected originally. However, the implementation of the extension is uncertain due to the uncertainty of funding and the uncertain future of the airfield.

In 2005 there were considerations for a ring road (Circle Line), including the disused Lower mountain railway and a newly constructed Rhine crossing. The circle line should connect the low Bergisch cities Wülfrath, Velbert, Holy House and Ratingen and Düsseldorf Airport. In Neuss, the ring should be closed. With the dismantling of the tracks and the conversion of the railway line of the low mountain railway to the panoramic bike path down the mountain railway is a realization in the medium no longer up for discussion, however, the bike path was deliberately designed with the idea to secure the route for a possible reactivation.


The line S 28 the S- Bahn Rhein -Ruhr runs a total of 34 kilometers of Mettmann on Erkrath, Dusseldorf and Neuss to Kaarst, doing a 16 km long section of the DB is between Dusseldorf - Neuss Hbf Gerresheim and drive on the network.

The management of the S 28 is for the Rheinisch -Bergisch Railway Company, a subsidiary of Veolia Transport GmbH. In November 2010, the VRR the route from December 2011 for another 10 years of the Regiobahn driving mbH announced in the Tenders Electronic Daily, can be operated by way of a in-house award continue to want that has already been delegated the driving operation. In March 2011, however, this intention to direct award was converted into a tender. Now You're looking for an operator for the next 10 years.

Rolling stock

On the S 28 railcars of the type consisting talent. Equipped with two diesel engines engine reaches a top speed of 100 km / h and the journey takes 18 holding approximately 51 minutes.

The original eight railcars of this type in 2003 increased by four other vehicles, as ridership expectations so greatly excelled in the rush hours, that temporarily passengers for lack of space could not ride. In consequence of further increasing ridership for an increase of at least two other vehicles would be necessary. However, this has failed so far to the lack of affordability.


Source: Regiobahn GmbH

1: Only Ostast, passenger number of DB before removing 2: 60 -minute intervals 3: due to strikes 4: z.T. due to exchange of the clock position with the S8 since December 13, 2009 5: Homepage Regiobahn