S7 (Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn)

The Müngstener is the name of an S -Bahn rail passenger transport in North Rhine- Westphalia, bearing the symbol S 7, which serves the Route number 450.7 ( railway Wuppertal -Solingen - Oberbarmen ).

It leads to an approximately U-shaped stretch of Remscheid -Lennep Wuppertal and Remscheid to Solingen. Thus, the line touches the three main cities of the Bergische Land. The operation is performed by the Abellio Rail NRW. Before the timetable change on 15 December 2013, the line had the short name RB47 and was a regional train line. In 1868, the first operation of the railway was taken with steam locomotives between Wuppertal and Lennep. Since then, served the German Railway (former Reichsbahn ) 145 years long this route.

Train route

The trains of the S-Bahn line 7 The Müngstener drive on the last still remaining in working link of the former railway line branched Wuppertal- Barmen- Solingen.

From Wuppertal main station the trains run east to Wuppertal- Barmen station, then south to Remscheid -Lennep Bahnhof and then west on main station in Remscheid until Solingen Hauptbahnhof, and in the reverse direction back.

Since the interworking 2009, the S- Bahn Rhein -Ruhr individual trains over Solingen also be bound to the amplification stages of the S -Bahn line S 1, this run then further Hilden railway station to Dusseldorf main station.

The trains stop here at all stations and stops the track. Between Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof and Wuppertal- Barmen, the S -Bahn track is used.

Monday to Friday, this line runs every half hour during the day in 20 -minute intervals, in the remaining time. Partly train (usually the so-called intermediate clock that morning commutes between Remscheid -Lennep and Solingen main station) take place without stopping in Solingen- Schaberg and / or Remscheid - Güldenwerth.

Traffic delays

In 2010, there were repeated disruptions and delays in train traffic, because, inter alia, of the traction material was used as outdated. There were also major damage to the Müngstener bridge. After the bridge could be crossed only by first light rail car at 10 km / hr, the Federal Railway Authority closed the bridge end of November 2010 until further complete; until 21 June 2011 was granted by the Federal Railway Authority the release for the passenger. Until then, the movement of persons between Solingen and Remscheid mid - Güldenwerth was settled with buses than SEV. As was noted that only the empty weight of the trains was wrongly been considered in the calculations for the load capacity of the bridge, there were further tests and the finding that bats had to be replaced. This resulted because of additional repair work to a further blocking to June 2014.


On the entire length of the Zuglaufes the tariff of the transport association Rhein- Ruhr applies (VRR ). In addition, the national NRW - tariff apply.

Tension material

Because of between Wuppertal and Solingen Hauptbahnhof Oberbarmen non-electrified route DMUs are used. Normally it involves a two-part multiple unit of type LINT 41 Alstom in single traction. Individual trips during rush hour should also go between Solingen main station and main station in Remscheid as double traction

Conversion to S -Bahn - operation

After the last call from November 2009 to January 2010 was announced in November 2010 that Abellio was able to win the bid for and will take over the market for a period of 15 years from December 2013.

There should be new vehicles ordered by type LINT 41 that have barrier-free entrances, spacious closets, video surveillance and multi-purpose areas.

Due to the employed, comparable with S-Bahn rolling stock, the identical clock and the linkages with the S -Bahn in Wuppertal and Solingen, the regional train was to be regarded as S-Bahn traffic flow. The transformation of the regional rail line into an S -Bahn (S 7) was therefore carried out the timetable change in December 2013.