THE GS TRAM SITE

KÖLN / COLOGNE - BONN

DEUTSCHLAND - GERMANY

NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN - NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA

(Under British military occupation)

Flag of North Rhine Westphalia

25 Oct. 1948

The Cologne-Bonn system after the completion of the Deutzer Brücke (on 16 Oct. 1948), providing the first tramway crossing of the Rhine in Cologne after the end of the Second World War.




DEUTSCHLAND - GERMANY

BERLIN - POTSDAM

DRESDEN

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HANNOVER - HANOVER

KÖLN / COLOGNE - BONN

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Cologne tram Cologne tram Bonn tram
Interurban KBE Cologne Bonn tram Interurban KBE Cologne Bonn tram Bonn Interurban H tram

THE COLOGNE-BONN AREA

Only light rail (Stadtbahn) routes shown

Cologne Bonn tram map 1948


INSET 1: COLOGNE

Cologne tram map 1948


INSET 2: CENTRAL COLOGNE

Central Cologne tram map 1948


INSET 3: BONN

Bonn tram map 1948


ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS

BPl Barbarossaplatz HZB Hohenzollernbrücke
BStr Brabanter Str. K-S Köln-Sülz
ChS Christophstraße NM Neumarkt
DB Deutzer Brücke ZPl Zülpicher Platz
HM Heumarkt      


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ROUTES

TRAM ROUTES IN COLOGNE

Operator: Bahnen der Stadt Köln

  1 Bocklemünd - Bickendorf - Venloer Str. - Brabanter Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Kalk - Merheim RRH
  2 Bocklemünd - Bickendorf - Venloer Str. - Brabanter Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Mülheim - Berliner Str. - Höhenhaus [Weekdays only]
  3 Bickendorf - Venloer Str. - Ringe - Christophstraße - Dom (Cathedral) / Köln Hbf (Cologne Main Station)
  5 Dom (Cathedral) / Köln Hbf (Cologne Main Station) - Christophstraße - Subbelrather Str. - Iltisstr. - Takuplatz
  6 Neumarkt - Rudolfplatz - Ringe - Subbelrather Str. - Iltisstr. - Ossendorf
  7 Neumarkt - Rudolfplatz - Ringe - Chlodwigplatz - Bonner Str. - Raderberg
  8 Müngersdorf - Aachener Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt
10 [In peak hours: Merheim -] / Mauenheim - Neusser Str. - Ebertplatz - Ringe - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt
11 Merheim - Neusser Str. - Ebertplatz - Ringe - Chlodwigplatz - Bonner Str. - Marienburg - Bonner Str. - Goltsteinstr. - Marienburg
12 Niehl - Niehler Str. - Ebertplatz - Ringe - Barbarossaplatz - Eifelplatz - Zollstock
13 Ehrenfeld (Subbelrather Str.) - Gürtel - Sülzgürtel [Weekday peak only]
14 Riehl (Pionier Str.) - Zoo - Ebertplatz - Ringe - - Ubierring - Ufer - Rodenkirchen (Autobahn)
15 Dom (Cathedral) / Köln Hbf (Cologne Main Station) - Christophstraße - Ringe - Zülpicher Platz - Zülpicher Str. - Sülz
16 Riehl (Pionier Str.) - Zoo - Ebertplatz - Ringe - - Ubierring
19 Neumarkt - Rudolfplatz - Ringe - Zülpicher Platz - Zülpicher Str. - Sülz
20 Neumarkt - Rudolfplatz - Ringe - Barbarossaplatz - Luxemburger Str. - Klettenberg
21 Dom (Cathedral) / Köln Hbf (Cologne Main Station) - Christophstraße - Ringe - Barbarossaplatz - Luxemburger Str. - Klettenberg
22 Mülheim (Wiener Platz) - Holweide - Thielenbruch [Weekdays only]
  B Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Kalk - Merheim - Brück - Refrath - Bensberg
  F Benzelrath - Frechen Bf. - Marsdorf - Dürener Str. - Gürtel - Aachener Str. - Rudolfplatz
  G Neumarkt - Poststraße - Severinsbrücke - Deutz - Buchheim - Holweide - Thielenbruch - Bergisch Gladbach
  K Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Kalk - Ostheim - Königsforst
  L Lövenich - Müngersdorf - Aachener Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt
  O Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Mülheim - Düsseldorfer Str. - Leverkusen - Opladen
  P Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Poll - Westhoven - Porz - Zündorf
  S Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Mülheim - Berliner Str. - Höhenhaus - Dünnwald - Schlebusch

TRAM ROUTES IN BONN

Operator: Städt. Straßenbahn Bonn

  1 Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station) - Wilhelmsplatz - Rheindorf
  3 Rheinuferbahnhof - Bonn Hbf - Gronau
  4 Endenich - Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station) - Dottendorf
  5 Poppelsdorf - Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station) - Venusberg

COLOGNE-BONN INTERURBAN ROUTES

Operator: Köln-Bonner Eisenbahnen AG (KBE)

Querbahn Brühl - Wesseling
Rheinuferbahn Cologne (Hohenzollernbrücke) - Ufer - Rodenkirchen - Michaelshoven - Sürth - Wesseling – Buschdorf - Tannenbusch - Bonn Rheinuferbahnhof
Schwarze Bahn Köln-Sülz - Efferen - Hürth - Hermülheim - Berrenrath [Diesel service]
Vorgebirgsbahn Cologne (Barbarossaplatz) - Luxemburger Str. - Klettenberg - Efferen - Hürth - Hermülheim - Brühl – Merten - Bornheim - Alfter - Dransdorf - Bonn Rheinuferbahnhof

OTHER INTERURBAN ROUTES

Operator: Elektrische Bahnen der Stadt Bonn und des Rhein-Sieg-Kreises (SSB)

H Beuel - Ramersdorf - Oberkassel Süd / Römlinghoven - Königswinter - Bad Hannef
S Beuel - Vilich-Müldorf - Siegburg

Operator: Straßenbahn Bonn-Godesberg-Mehlem (BGM)

BGM Bonn Hbf - Bad Godesberg - Mehlem

Operator: Kleinbahn Siegburg–Zündorf

   Zündorf - Langel - Mondorf - Sieglar - Siegburg
   Sieglar - Lind

Operator: Wahner Straßenbahn

   Wahn Bf - Lind


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Cologne tramway: ? km.
  • Bonn tramway: ? km.
  • Kleinbahn Siegburg–Zündorf: ca. 30 km.
  • Wahner Straßenbahn: 2.8 km.


HISTORY

  • Horse tramways (Cologne): 28 Apr. 1877 - 22 May 1907.
  • Horse tramways (Bonn): 19 Apr. 1891 - 1905 (?)
  • Electric tramways (Cologne): 15 Oct. 1901 - today.
  • Electric tramways (Bonn): 1902 - today.
  • Interurban (Köln-Bonner Eisenbahnen):
    • Querbahn (Brühl - Wesseling - Köln-Godorf Hafen): 31 March 1901 - (electric: 1920 -) 30 May 1981.
    • Rheinuferbahn (Cologne - Bonn, electrified from the beginning): Jan. 1906 - today.
    • Schwarze Bahn (Cologne - Sülz – Berrenrath, never electrified): 19 Dec. 1918 - 13 Dec. 1968.
    • Vorgebirgsbahn (Cologne - Brühl - Bonn): 1 Aug. 1897 - (electric: 1929 -) today.
  • Kleinbahn Siegburg–Zündorf: 19 March 1914 - 30 Aug. 1965
  • Wahner Straßenbahn: 6 May 1914 - 1 Oct. 1961
  • Stadtbahn (LRT standard) (Cologne): 25 Aug. 1974 - today.
  • Stadtbahn (Cologne-Bonn service along the Rheinuferbahn): 12 Aug. 1978 - today.
  • Stadtbahn (LRT standard) (Bonn): 22 March 1975 - today.
  • Steam tramway (Bad-Godesberg - Mehlem): 22 May 1892 - 1911.

GAUGE (all systems)

  • 1435 mm. (1000 mm. for many of the interurbans, later changed to 1435 mm.)

TRAM PRESERVATION

The Straßenbahn-Museum Thielenbruch is a museum dedicated to the history of tramways in Cologne.


SOURCES

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