Ulm–Augsburg railway

The railway Augsburg- Ulm is a 85 km long electrified main line, which connects the cities of Augsburg and Ulm each other. In the course book of DB this route is run as KBS 980. The railway line is part of the Bavarian Maximilian web and the Magistrale for Europe.


See main article: Bayerische Maximiliansbahn

The railway line was built from 1851 to 1854 as part of the Bavarian Maximilian web.



Before the start of the expansion measures the distance of 100 to 160 km / h was passable. The track is now double-tracked and electrified. Between Dinkelscherben and Augsburg main station the route is equipped with automatic train in parts and for speeds up to 200 Km / hr.

The expansion of the route is part of the " new and upgraded line Stuttgart -Augsburg ". It is part of the "Magistrale for Europe", which continues from Paris via Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Ulm to Munich and from there to Salzburg and Vienna.

In the mid- 1960s was considered an approximately 37 km long new railway line between Unterfahlheim and Dinkelscherben. The expansion program for the network of the German Railways from 1970 moreover was included as a supplementary route Stuttgart -Ulm -Augsburg- Munich, a 220 km new railway line between Stuttgart and Munich, which would run between Neuoffingen and Augsburg parallel to the existing line Ulm- Augsburg. Such new line was included also in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 1973. The Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 1980, the project was, however, no longer provided.

The Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 1985 provided for an extension of the line Ulm -Augsburg between Günzburg and Augsburg as an extension of the proposed ABS / NBS Plochingen Günzburg. After completion of the calculated with 300 million DM measures more than 70 percent of the length of the route with 200 km / h should be passable. Between Günzburg and Neuoffingen a third track should also occur.

Under the two Stuttgart -Ulm variants K and H is a new line between Ulm and Dinkelscherben has also been proposed as viergleisiger (K ) or three-prong (H ) expansion between Ulm, Günzburg and Dinkelscherben. Joined to this new and upgraded versions in each case, a three - or four-track expansion to Augsburg. In the first half of the 1990s, the planning of the NBS / ABS Plochingen Günzburg in favor of the new Stuttgart - Wendlingen was (as part of the Stuttgart 21 ) and in subsequent Wendlingen -Ulm dropped.


The expansion project has been included in the most urgent needs of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 1985; Also in Transport Infrastructure Plan 1992, she was placed in this category. As part of the expansion, a continuous stretch top speed of 200 km / h should be between Dinkelscherben and Augsburg produced and the line capacity is continuously increased. Between Dinkelscherben and Ulm hung the planning of a variant decision yet to be taken from (as of 1993).

Around the same time with the inclusion of the project in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 1985, the contract for the preliminary design between Augsburg and Günzburg was granted. In order to facilitate a speedy realization possible, the planning initially focused on sections where no large resistors were to be expected. On a regional planning process for the entire route could be dispensed with. In section Dinkelscherben -Ulm plan approval procedures were performed between 1986 and 1989.

Among the most important measures in line improvements in until then to tight corners, the new building seemed free platform accesses, removing height level crossings, construction of passing loops and the modernization of signaling and telecommunications installations. Each of the many various actions planned should develop a benefit upon completion. The total planned investment volume between Augsburg and Günzburg was (as of 1988) 300 million DM upgrading of the section Günzburg- Augsburg for a far-reaching top speed of 200 km / h should be completed by 1995/96.

The expansion project was included as part of the NBS / ABS Stuttgart -Ulm -Augsburg in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 1992.

The German Federal Railroad aspired to own statements from September 1993 to a four-tracked expansion of the route. In addition to selective line improvements this new short sections at Offingen and Jettingen were provided. Alternatively, a clustered with the new motorway section to Dinkelscherben was discussed. The weiterzuverfolgende solution and further action should be coordinated between the web and the Bavarian state government. After completion, the travel time in long-distance transport of then 38 should drop to 27 minutes.


In early May 1987, released the first steps in the section Günzburg- Ulm. With improvements in line Kutzenhausen the construction work was initiated on June 2, 1987.

After eleven months of construction, this line improvement was completed as the first expansion project. Two other measures were completed in 1989. In the same year, work began to expand in Gessertshausen and Dinkelscherben. In this case, the upper line for a speed of 250 km / h was upgraded. In 1989, the second building project - a rail- free platform access in Diedorf - complete. In Gessertshausen and Dinkelscherben began further construction. In 1990, among other works, the installation of automatic train. In 1992, the section Augsburg- Dinkelscherben with up to 200 km / h was put into operation. Until the autumn of 1992 a total of 200 million marks had been invested.

As part of the expansion at level crossings were removed, adjusted for the overall direction and renewed the signaling. In Diedorf was replaced two outdoor platforms through a medium. In Dinkelscherben station level same platform accesses were replaced by an underpass with newly constructed platforms; in addition, the establishment of passing loops was prepared. In Gessertshausen a curve had to be widened. The railway tracks have been moved to by up to 160 m to the north ( from the place away) and completely re- built the station. This new outdoor platforms were built at the passing loops, while long-distance trains, the station can now go through to the centrally positioned through main tracks without Geschwindigkeitsvermindung. A recently built electronic interlocking controls the train operating between Dinkelscherben and West home.

Further expansion

In the spring of 2000, the states of Bavaria and Baden- Württemberg offered to the federal government to accelerate the planned starting in 2011 further expansion of the route through a reimbursement of an early loan financing. After a consolidation of rail infrastructure investment projects due back previous federal funding, the project was not in the medium-term investment plan include 2004 ( for the period up to 2009). According to media reports in early 2005 by the Federal Ministry of Transport had refused talks regarding the proposed pre-financing.

The federal government allocates the further expansion time after the opening of the new line between Ulm and Stuttgart (as of 2009). A time horizon for the expansion is currently (as of January 2011) can not be foreseen. The cost of the expansion for a design speed of up to 200 km / h in 2011 and 2012 estimated at 251 million euros.

At the moment (as of 2010) the conversion work between Dinkelscherben and Burgau run to convert the stations Dinkelscherben, Jettingen and Burgau of track plan interlockings on computer-based interlocking ( CBI ), which are then switched to the CBI Gessertshausen. In Freihalden an over- coordination center should be built and the block distances are adjusted.

It is planned to integrate the section Augsburg- Dinkelscherben in the planned S -Bahn Augsburg, Ulm and the section - Jettingen in the planned Regio -S -Bahn Danube -Iller.


In the long-distance run hourly in each direction one to two intercity express and intercity trains on lines from Munich to Augsburg and Ulm to Stuttgart and from there to various other destinations.

Every hour, operate regional express trains (also regional trains ) the distance between Ulm and Augsburg. These trains are coupled in Augsburg Hbf with another train from Donauwörth and then run to Munich. Until the timetable change in December 2008, without exception locomotives of DB - 110 series were used in " box shape " or the " crease ". Since December 2008, the German track requires only trains of type Alstom Coradia Continental. The LIREX trains ( 440 series ) run as Fugger Express between Ulm / Donau Wörth, Augsburg and Munich.

The stations from Ulm to Nersingen part of the Danube -Iller - Nahverkehrsverbund ( DING ) of Dinkelscherben to Augsburg the Augsburg Transport Association ( AVV).