The Rhein- Emscher- Express is a regional express train movement in North Rhine- Westphalia from Dusseldorf via Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund to Hamm.

It is linked in Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Oberhausen, pan - Eickelmann, Dortmund and Hamm with the rest of the regional rail network in NRW. He also secures in Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Dortmund and Hamm direct connections to the distance rail passenger transport.


The regional train RE 3 Rhein- Emscher- Express runs since the introduction of the basic interval timetable ( NRW -stroke ) in 1998. He first drove from Krefeld Mönchengladbach, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund to Hamm ( Westphalia ). With the timetable change in December 2002 was a change of the line part of Duisburg- Mönchengladbach against the distance from Duisburg to Dusseldorf. Since then uses the Rhein- Emscher- Express on the entire line that has existed since 1846/47 main line of the Cologne -Minden Railway Company.

Soccer World Cup 2006 World Cup RE3 was established as a special amplifier line that drove increased from Dortmund Gelsenkirchen and Dusseldorf addition to Cologne via Neuss and Dormagen.

Train route

The Rhein- Emscher- Express is running on a total of three railway lines:

  • The railway route Dortmund -Hamm continuous ( together with all trains of regional and long-haul ),
  • The railway line Duisburg -Dortmund continuous ( largely in conjunction with the S -Bahn line S 2, between the pan - Eickelmann and Gelsenkirchen and Oberhausen and Duisburg overall transport without intermediate stops ),
  • The railway line between Cologne and Duisburg between Duisburg and Dusseldorf. In this four-to six-track section used the Rhein- Emscher- Express route, the tracks of the train or to the extent available, the so-called local tracks, as well as the Rhein- Haard - Express RE 2 and the Westfalen- Express RE 6 Only the NRW Express RE 1, the Rhein- Express RE 5 and in the rush hour of RB 35 use the remote distance tracks here.

The Rhein- Emscher- Express is the only train line today so that is traveling through and only the main part of the main line of the Cologne -Minden Railway Company.

Train services

The RE 3 runs every hour from Dusseldorf to Hamm ( Westphalia ). It runs on a large section parallel to the S-Bahn lines and has been partly incorporated the character of a fast train or commuter train and is used as such by the passengers.

The rail transport was operated until December 12, 2009 by DB Regio NRW, which began since the introduction of the winter timetable 2008 Electric Railcar of the 425 series in double traction. Previously operated on the line pull trains of five converted commuter cars or four double -deck coaches with an electric locomotive of the DB Class 111 The average speed of just 63 km / h This is due, inter alia, the tight stops sequence between Dortmund and Hamm. Since December 9, 2009 Electric Railcar type Stadler FLIRT of Keolis GmbH & Co. KG ( EUR ground ) can be used on this line. These are leased for Angel Trains Europa four four-part and five-part fourteen FLIRTs.

The body responsible for the approval of railway vehicles in Germany the Federal Railway Authority delayed the approval of the 14 five- FLIRT railcars. For this reason, the euro railway started operations with only a Notfahrplan.

In the period from 13 December 2009 to 11 December 2010 the RE3 has additionally (on the occasion of RUHR.2010 - European Capital of Culture ) (formerly Food Katernberg South) held at the breakpoint Essen- Zollverein Nord, a fast and departure world Heritage Site permit Zollverein. For January 7, 2010, the breakpoint was officially renamed; Since the timetable change in December 2010, the train passes through the station without stopping again.


At the order of two special-purpose associations, the Transport Federation Rhein-Ruhr ( VRR) and on the Association SPNV Ruhr -Lippe ( ZRL ) are involved. The line was together with the Maas- Wupper - Express re-tendered the timetable change on December 13, 2009. The winner is the Rhenus Keolis GmbH. Advertised next to the Abellio Rail NRW GmbH Nedbahnen Germany, a subsidiary of Dutch Railways and again the DB Regio NRW GmbH and other railway companies had.