Rudersdorf Tunnel: Future-oriented Principles

DB Netz AG is planning two-track upgrade

The 100-year old, two-track Rudersdorf Tunnel between Siegen and Haiger restricts the route’s capacity owing to its small cross-section. Furthermore, the rail tunnel is requiring ever increasing maintenance. In a process lasting only seven months, a feasibility study was produced for the project, featuring six alternatives involving a more fundamental pre-planning process for the preferred option 3b “Construction of two new single-track tunnel tubes to the west of the existing tunnel including its decomissioning”. It has since passed the DB Netz AG’s “stress test”.

1 Starting Situation

The Ruhr-Sieg route represents an important north-south artery for goods traffic from the German seaports and the Ruhr District to the Rhein/Main Region. In terms of passenger traffic, it links up the Ruhr District with the Sauerland, the Berg Country and the Siegerland. The Rudersdorf Tunnel is located on the twin-track rail route from Hagen Central Station to Haiger between km 117.6+30 and km 120.2+82 (Fig. 1). It was built early in the 20h century by means of the Austrian Tunnelling Method. It is 2652 m long and underpasses the Haincher/Tiefenrother Höhe range of hills...

Find out more in the current Issue. Order now.

Related articles:

04/2014 Germany

Work has started on the Falkenberg Railwaytunnel

The Falkenberg Tunnel represents an essential part of the upgraded Hanau-Aschaffenburg-Würzburg route and is being produced to the south of the existing rail line and the Schwarzkopf Tunnel. Work...

05/2012 Switzerland

New Rosshäusern Tunnel for Route Development

The 43 km long, mainly single-track route Berne-Kerzers-Neuchâtel (1901) in the Cantons of Berne, Freiburg and Neuenburg is part of the Berne-Paris link and the Berne S-Bahn transit system. The BLS...

03/2014 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...

04/2012 France

Construction on the Vosges Tunnel started

The 4,019 m long Saverne Tunnel will be provided with 2 single-track bores, which will be linked every 500 m by cross-passages. This is where the Vosges range is at its narrowest. The 2 tunnel bores...


Austria – Breakthrough of the Hengsberg Tunnel

The crown of the Hengsberg Tunnel, part of the Koralmbahn between Graz and Klagenfurth was broken through after 10 months’ construction at the end of April 2009. In the Styrian part-section of the...