Munich-Laim station is a station on the trunk line of the Munich S-Bahn between Munich Central Station (Template:Lang-de) and München-Pasing station. It is part of a large rail precinct, including Munich Laim marshalling yard. It has three platform tracks and is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 3 station.<ref name =categories/>
S-Bahn lines S 1 to Freising or the Airport and S 2 to Dachau or Petershausen separate from lines S 3, S 4, S 6 and S 8 to Pasing at this station.
Platform 1 is used by S-Bahn trains heading out of the city. A few metres from the platform, the track carrying lines S 3, S 4, S 6 and S 8 branches to the right away from the track carrying lines S 1 and S 2 and then crosses over it on a flyover. The nearest stations in this direction are Pasing, Obermenzing and Moosach. It is possible to transfer to regional and long-distance services in Pasing. Platform track 2 is used by S-Bahn trains heading into city on lines S1 and S2. Platform track 3 is used by S-Bahn services heading into city from Pasing. The next stop into the city is Hirschgarten.
The S-Bahn line S 20 running between Pasing and Deisenhofen does not at Laim station, but runs south of it on the track to/from Solln.
Wotanstraße passes under the station through the Laim underpass, which has a maximum headroom of 3.20 m. Bus routes 51, 151 and 168 pass through the underpass. In the medium to long term, it is proposed that a tram line will to be built here. South of the Laim underpass there is a bus stop served by routes 51, 131, 151 and 168. At night this is served by night bus N48.
The reconstruction of the whole area has been planned for some time. As part of this, Laim station is to be expanded to four tracks so that there will be a separate track for S-Bahn lines to the north (S1, S2), so that they will be kept separate from the lines to Pasing (S3, S4, S6, S8) in both directions.
It is proposed to build a side tunnel for the bus route and to convert the central tunnel for tram line 12.
As part of the plan for a second S-Bahn trunk line some tracks will be rebuilt at the station.
Previously München-Laim marshalling yard (Rangierbahnhöfe) was along with Munich East marshalling yard one of Munich’s two marshalling yards. With the commissioning of the new Munich North marshalling yards, the station’s marshalling yard lost its purpose, as wagons were now handling at the new facility. As Deutsche Bahn required additional storage space for Intercity-Express trains, parts of the old rail yard were rebuilt and modernised. The trains enter these storage sidings via a connecting track from the Munich Hauptbahnhof depot.
Through freight trains from Pasing, Ingolstadt and Landshut also pass Laim station before they run via Munich South towards Rosenheim and Austria.
Rail operations in the Laim station precinct are handled from different signal boxes:
- The S-Bahn tracks to Donnersbergerbrücke are handled by the electronic interlocking at DB Netz‘s operations centre in Munich.
- The modernised tracks of the ICE depot are controlled by the dispatcher in the depot.
- The tracks of the former marshalling yard have been controlled since December 2008 by the electronic interlocking at the yard, which is also connected to the Munich operation centre. The track plan interlocking of 1951 and two mechanical interlocking of 1900 (signal box 3) and 1894 (signal box 1) were taken out of service at the same time. Since the commissioning of the Moosburg/Isar electronic interlocking and the related closure of signal boxes in the Langenbach (Oberbayern) station, signal box 2 in Laim yard has been Bavaria's oldest signal box that can be used to control signalling directly.