Vectus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH ("Vectus Transportation Company", from Latin vectus: "carried") was a German transport company based in Limburg an der Lahn. In 2004, it took over the operation of a regional rail network located in the Lahn valley, the Westerwald and the Taunus, which is called the Westerwald-Taunus network. The operations of the network focused on Limburg. In 2014, the contract for these services were awarded to its main shareholder, Hessische Landesbahn (HLB) and Vectus Verkehrsgesellschaft was subsequently taken over by HLB.
|Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung|
|Bernhard Maßberg, Veit Salzmann, Horst Klein|
|Owner||74.9 % Hessische Landesbahn GmbH|
25.1 % Westerwaldbahn GmbH of the Altenkirchen district
Number of employees
Vectus was founded on 23 July 2003. Its shareholders were the Hessische Landesbahn GmbH with 74.9% and the Westerwaldbahn GmbH with 25.1% of the shares. Both were partners in a consortium that won a concession on 14 November 2002 against numerous competitors—including DB Regio—to operate a roughly 218 km long railway network in the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate for a period of ten years. The operating concession was signed on 10 January 2003 with the Zweckverband Schienenpersonennahverkehr Rheinland-Pfalz Nord ("purpose association for rail transport of Rhineland-Palatinate North", SPNV Nord) and Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (Rhine-Main Transport Association, RMV). The SPNV Nord is also responsible for sections of line in southern North Rhine-Westphalia. Vectus took over the operations at the timetable change in December 2004, using 28 new vehicles and 70 staff.
In October 2012, HLB was awarded the contract for the future operations of the Westerwald network and commenced operations at the end of Vectus’ ten-year contract in 2014. The contract for the operation of the Taunus network was taken over by DB Regio. The operations centre in Limburg closed in mid-2015 and subsequently Vectus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH was dissolved. All railcars were taken over by Hessische Landesbahn and they are only maintained occasionally in the Limburg workshop since 2015.
The routes operated by Vectus—with the regional service numbers of the RMV—were as follows:
|Main-Lahn railway||Limburg (Lahn) – Idstein – Niedernhausen|
|Ländches Railway||Niedernhausen – Wiesbaden Hbf|
|Lahn Valley Railway||Limburg (Lahn) – Diez – Nassau – Bad Ems – Niederlahnstein – Koblenz Hbf|
|Upper Westerwald Railway||Limburg (Lahn) – Staffel – Hadamar – Westerburg – Altenkirchen – Au (Sieg)|
|Lower Westerwald Railway||Limburg (Lahn) – Staffel – Montabaur – Siershahn|
Limburg was the junction where Vectus services connected with the services of Deutsche Bahn. It operated services on the Main-Lahn Railway to Frankfurt and Regional-Express services on the Lahn Valley Railway. There were also buses from the Limburg (Lahn) station, connecting to Intercity-Express (ICE) services at Limburg Süd station. Connections to the ICE network also existed in Montabaur station on the Limburg-Staffel–Siershahn railway (Lower Westerwald Railway) and in Wiesbaden.
Vectus operated a total of 2.4 million train-km per year, using 10 Alstom Coradia LINT 27 diesel railcars and 18 Alstom Coradia LINT 41 railcars. All vehicles were built in 2004 and were identical to the class 640 and 648 railcars of Deutsche Bahn. After the delivery of the first railcars, some ran on the Limburg–Wiesbaden line and other routes in the summer of 2004.
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