German Unity Transport Project 8

 Nuremberg – Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig – Berlin

Construction of the new VDE 8.2 line

The construction of the new line from Erfurt to Leipzig/Halle can be subdivided into three sections:

Western section:


This section extends from Erfurt to west of the Finne Tunnel by Herrengosserstedt. This section can be subdivided in turn into three construction lots: lots 1 to 3.

Interaktive graphic line construction west - lots 1 to 3 (Grafik: DB AG)

Central section:

This section contains all the tunnels. Because of the tunnels and viaducts, only about 4 kilometres of this section of line, which is over 20 kilometres long, run across open country. As a result, it makes sense for the tunnel workers to construct these small sections of track as well.

Eastern section:

This section begins to the east of the Osterberg Tunnel and extends to the existing lines to the north and east of the Saale-Elster Viaduct.

Once the ground has been prepared, the slab track can be constructed and technical equipment installed from the year 2012 onwards.

Interaktive graphic line construction east - lots 4, 5 und Southern approach to Halle3 (Grafik: DB AG)

Facts and figures

Superstructure New line slab track 
Maximum line gradient 12,5 ‰
Standard radius 6,300 m

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