The Rhein- Hellweg - Express is a regional express train movement in North Rhine -Westphalia from Hamm Dortmund, Bochum, Essen, Duisburg and Krefeld Mönchengladbach with the line number RE 11


In 1988, the first clocked regional rapid transit line with the number 10 from Dortmund Essen, Duisburg and Dusseldorf to Cologne was established. These sailed every hour the railway line between Cologne and Duisburg and Dortmund -Duisburg railway line, even then the most important railways for passenger of NRW.

With the introduction of regional rapid transit in the early 1990s this line was through the NRW - Express (then RSB 1, from 1995, as a city - Express SE 1 ) of Bielefeld Hamm, Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Cologne replaced to Aachen. With the extension of the offer of the railway track Hamm- Bielefeld and Cologne -Aachen railway line capacity soon enough any more.

Therefore, it was reinforced in May 1998 at the state-wide introduction of regional express lines at the NRW -Express ( now RE 1) by the Westfalen- Express ( RE 11 at that time ) of Bielefeld Hamm, Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg to Dusseldorf, on the northern part so we drove two Regional Express trains per hour.

The timetable change in December 2002, the offer on the central Ruhr axis between Hamm and Dusseldorf to now five Regional Express trains was compressed into two hours. The NRW - Express was restricted to the curve Hamm- Aachen, the Westfalen- Express got the new line number RE 6 and was extended until Minden. The line number RE 11 was simultaneously transferred to the newly established Rhein- Hellweg - Express, the railway Hamm Paderborn served weekdays every two hours for the first time.

When the timetable change in December 2010, there was an exchange of the line profiles of the NRW- Express, Rhein- Hellweg - Express and Rhein- Haard -Express ( RE 2):

  • The Rhein- Hellweg - Express section of Hamm Soest and Lippstadt to Paderborn was taken over by the NRW - Express, this section will continue to serve every two hours (but daily).
  • The Rhein- Hellweg - Express section between Duisburg and Dusseldorf was - now served every hour - exchanged with the Rhein- Haard - Express. In return, the Rhein- Hellweg - Express is traveling - from now on also every hour - the section between Duisburg and Mönchengladbach, the railway line Duisburg -Mönchengladbach is the first time tethered switch freely on the eastern Ruhr area.

Overall resulted from the timetable change additional offer compaction: On the central axis between Hamm Ruhr and Duisburg now operate three regional express lines (RE1, RE6 and RE11 ), which have an approximate 20 -minute intervals. Be reinforced sections Hamm - Dortmund from RE 3, Bochum - Food from the RE 16 and Essen - Duisburg from RE 2

Train route

The Rhein- Hellweg - Express runs daily every hour and it uses a total of four railway lines:

  • The railway route Dortmund -Hamm (formerly CME) through (together with all trains of regional and long-haul ),
  • The Ruhr Dortmund- Duisburg (former BME) continuous ( long-distance tracks, together with all the features of regional and long-haul )
  • The railway line Osterath - Dortmund Süd (formerly RhE ) of Duisburg ( branch line ) to Uerdingen (together with all trains of the regional and freight )
  • The railway line Ruhrort -Mönchengladbach (formerly RCGE ) of Uerdingen to Mönchengladbach (together with all trains of the regional and freight ).

Vehicle use

The RE line 11 runs from Monday to Sunday every hour. Before the clockface then additional trains were Bielefeld - Duisburg / Dusseldorf from usually Formed 4 to 5 n- carriage, drawn by traction unit of the series 110, 143 and 151 as the RE 11 then harmonized with in relation Bielefeld - Dusseldorf wrong, the train composition was initially generally from 110 4-car and later as the shuttle train. From about 2000 then from 111 4 Dostos ( Bauarte 751/756/761 ). With the Laufwegwechsel to Dusseldorf - Paderborn first inverted briefly n- cars, each with a 112 on both ends of the train, shortly after then quick but as a five-part n -car shuttle train with series 111 was noted that ridership demanded higher capacity, which makes locomotives 112 series were used (in some cases even 111) with four new double-decker coaches. The cars have air conditioning and are approved for a maximum speed of 160 km / hr. The line reached an average speed of 81 km / h The Laufwegwechsel in December 2010 to Hamm - Monchengladbach initially did not change the vehicle use.

From 21 February 2011, the double-decker trains were gradually converted to railcar class 425 that were previously upgraded for use on this line. Inter alia came new seats for installation; The first class was now focused on a Triebzugende.


The line is operated by DB Regio NRW under a special contract with the North Rhine -Westphalian PTAs. The line remains until the timetable change on December 13, 2015 at the DB. Subject of the contract was the two-hour operation between Hamm and Paderborn, which was acquired from RE 1 since the timetable change in December 2010, making this line runs permanently with a sixth double-deck cars.