The Münster–Hamm railway is an almost 36 kilometre-long, continuous double-track and electrified main line railway from Münster to Hamm in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It was one of Germany’s oldest railways, built by the Munster Hamm Railway Company, which was established for this purpose, and opened on 26 May 1848.
The Cologne-Minden Railway Company (German: Cöln-Mindener Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft, CME) built its trunk line directly across Westphalia, bypassing the region around the town of Münster. The Munster Hamm Railway Company (Münster-Hammer Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft, MHE) was established to build a branch line to connect with the CME line. This line was opened on 26 May 1848 for passengers and on 8 July 1848 for freight traffic.
The company and line were taken over in 1855 by the Prussian government-funded Royal Westphalian Railway Company (KWE). The line was extended in the following year to Rheine as the Münster–Rheine line.
Although, formerly individual InterCity services ran on the line, it is now mainly used by regional (Regional-Express and regionalbahn) services running through western Westphalia and southern Münsterland. It is served by:
- Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas). Schweers + Wall. 2009. pp. 40, 52, 134. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
- Deutsche Reichsbahn (1984). Handbuch der deutschen Eisenbahnstrecken (in German). Mainz: H-W Dumjahn, Verlag Dumjahn. ISBN 3-921426-29-4.
- Krause, Günther (1986). Entwicklung des Gleisnetzes der Direktion Essen (in German). Krefeld: Verlag Roehr. ISBN 3-88490-130-3 NB: opening dates reversed
- Not repeated through the day
NRW rail archive of André Joost:
- Description of line 2931: Münster ↔ Hamm
- Description of line 2011: Lechtenberg junction ↔ Kanal
- Description of line 2920: Feldmark junction ↔ Hamm Rbf Hvn