Emmerich-Oberhausen upgrade: traffic restricted for next six weeks

Image: DB Engineering & Consulting

A bundle of upgrades is about to start on the Emmerich-Oberhausen railway line, in northwestern Germany. This line is a key section of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, connecting Germany to the Arnhem, in the Netherlands. The upgrades, as Deutsche Bahn (DB) mentioned, will lead to traffic restrictions on the line between 19 August at 6 am and 29 September at 9 pm. DB told RailFreight.com that freight trains coming from the south will be re-routed via Venlo, while the ones coming form the east will go through Bad Bentheim.

A third track is being added along the Emmerich-Oberhausen section because “the double-track line has reached its capacity limit”, DB said. One of the main projects on the line is to replace level crossings with bridges to make sure that drivers won’t have to wait for trains to pass. For the three-track expansion, DB is replacing a total of 55 level crossings with 38 bridges along the entire route.

Oberhausen-Arnhem line. Image: Wikimedia Commons. © Hbf878, OpenStreetMap contributors, David Liuzzo

More details about the works

In the Oberhausen area, the main project is the replacement of the old overhead line. “Experts continue to dismantle the old overhead line over a length of around 1.2 kilometers”, DB said. The project also entails the installation of new catenary masts and new cables. Furthermore, work will continue on the three overpasses, one crossing the Rhine-Herne Canal and two over Linderstrasse in Oberhausen.

Along the Dinslaken-Voerde section, the foundations for new noise protection walls will be implemented. In Voerde, moreover, the first parts of the railway bridge crossing Weseler Straße in Voerde will be dismantled. Rails will also be replaced in Haldern and Empelthe and one kilometre of new tracks will be laid between the Antonieweg and Sonsfeld level crossings. Moreover, earthworks will commence for the further implementation of the third track. Finally, the ground will be checked for metallic objects and explosive devices in various places throughout the line. This is a necessary step to make sure that construction of the third track in the area can start.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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