Renovation of the Old Mainz Tunnels

The 4-track upgrading of the section between Mainz Central Station and Mainz-Süd belongs to the development of the Mainz-Mannheim route. After the new 2-track Mainz Tunnel was commissioned in October 2003 at present the two old 2-track Mainz Tunnels are being renovated after the tracks of the former route were closed down. The tunnel enlargement calls for special measures on account of the sensitive buildings on the surface. It is intended to reopen the route with the 2 renovated tunnels in the year 2010.
The Old Mainz Tunnels (AMT) were built more than 120 years ago as a continuous tunnel with...

Related articles:

Issue 2011-04 Germany

Tunnelling Operations concluded in Mainz

It was realised relatively early on that the Mainz railway hub could not be adequately serviced by means of the 2-track rail tunnel in use since 1887. The Old Mainz Tunnel (AMT) consists of 2...

Issue 2011-08 Germany

Lahntalbahn: Renewal of Two Tunnels

On the twin-track Lahntal route the 319 m long Hollrich Tunnel and the 232 m long Langenau Tunnel between Nassau and Obernhof were built in 1860 and are located some 1,000 m apart. After more than 150...

Issue 2014-03 Germany

Schlüchtern Tunnel: Two Bores for a busy Rail Route

The 3,576 m long Old Schlüch- tern Tunnel on the main line between Frankfurt and Fulda was opened in 1914. With a total of 260 passenger and goods trains daily it was one of Germany’s busiest rail...


Redeveloping the Axen Route with 9 Tunnels to begin in 2017

The SBB is using the time between the opening of the Gotthard and the Ceneri Base Tunnels to upgrade and renew the access routes to the tunnels. This also includes the Axen route, where the track...

Issue 2015-03 Germany

New Wendlingen–Ulm Rail Route on the Alb Plateau forging ahead

The Deutsche Bahn AG awarded the contract for the Merklingen-Hohenstadt route section of the new Wendlingen-Ulm rail route on the Alb Plateau to a JV comprising the contractors Leonhardt Weiss,...