THE GS TRAM SITE

KÖLN / COLOGNE - BONN

BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND - FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY

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12 Aug. 1978

The Cologne-Bonn system after the conversion of the Rheinuferbahn (lines 15 and 16) to Stadtbahn operation.




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THE COLOGNE-BONN AREA

Only light rail (Stadtbahn) routes shown

Cologne Bonn tram map 1978


INSET 1: COLOGNE

Cologne tram map 1978


INSET 2: CENTRAL COLOGNE

Central Cologne tram map 1978


INSET 3: BONN

Bonn tram map 1978


ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS

BPl Barbarossaplatz NM Neumarkt
DB Deutzer Brücke RPl Reichenspergerplatz
FPl Friesenplatz ZPl Zülpicher Platz
HM Heumarkt      


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ROUTES

TRAM ROUTES IN COLOGNE (including interurban routes to Bonn)

Operator: Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe (KVB)

  1 Sülz - Zülpicher Str. - Zülpicher Platz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Kalk - Kalk Kapelle - Merheim - Brück - Refrath - Bensberg
  2 Sülz - Zülpicher Str. - Zülpicher Platz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Kalk - Kalk Kapelle - Ostheim
  3 Bocklemünd - Venloer Str. - Friesenplatz - Neumarkt - Poststraße - Severinsbrücke - Bf Deutz - Buchheim - Holweide - Thielenbruch
  4 Bocklemünd - Venloer Str. - Friesenplatz - Neumarkt - Poststraße - Severinsbrücke - Bf Deutz - Mülheim - Höhenhaus - Dünnwald - Schlebusch
  5 Reichenspergerplatz - Ebertplatz - Köln Hbf (Cologne Main Station) - Friesenplatz - Subbelrather Str. - Nußbaumerstr. - Ossendorf
  6 Longerich - Neusser Str. - Ebertplatz - Friesenplatz - Rudolfplatz - Zülpicher Platz - Barbarossaplatz - Chlodwigplatz - Bonner Str. - Goltsteinstr. - Marienburg
  7 Junkersdorf - Müngersdorf - Aachener Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Poll - Westhoven - Porz - Zündorf
  8 Müngersdorf - Aachener Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Kalk - Kalk Kapelle - Merheim - Brück
  9 Chorweiler - Longerich - Neusser Str. - Ebertplatz - Köln Hbf (Cologne Main Station) - Neumarkt - Poststraße - Severinsbrücke - Kalk - Kalk Kapelle - Ostheim - Königsforst
10 [Rush hours: Fordwerke -] Niehl - Neusser Str. - Ebertplatz - Friesenplatz - Rudolfplatz - Zülpicher Platz - Barbarossaplatz - Sülzgürtel - Klettenberg
11 Höhenhaus - Mülheim - Mülheimer Brücke - Reichenspergerplatz - Ebertplatz - Köln Hbf - Neumarkt - Poststr. - Barbarossaplatz - Sülzgürtel - Klettenberg
12 Merkenich - Niehl - Neusser Str. - Ebertplatz - Köln Hbf (Cologne Main Station) - Neumarkt - Poststraße - Barbarossaplatz - Eifelplatz - Zollstock
13 Mülheim - Mülheimer Brücke - Gürtel - Sülzgürtel
15 Thielenbruch - Holweide - Mülheim - Mülheimer Brücke - Reichenspergerplatz - Ebertplatz - Friesenplatz - Rudolfplatz - Zülpicher Platz - Barbarossaplatz - Chlodwigplatz - Ubierring - Bayenthal - Rodenkirchen - Michaelshoven - Sürth
16 Mülheim - Mülheimer Brücke - Reichenspergerplatz - Ebertplatz - Köln Hbf - Neumarkt - Poststr. - Barbarossaplatz - Chlodwigplatz - Ubierring - Bayenthal - Rodenkirchen - Michaelshoven - Sürth - Wesseling – Buschdorf - Tannenbusch - Bonn Hbf – Museum Koenig - Heussallee - Bad Godesberg
18 Barbarossaplatz - Sülzgürtel - Klettenberg - Efferen - Hürth - Brühl – Merten - Bornheim - Alfter - Dransdorf - Bonn Rheinuferbahnhof
19 Brühl - Wesseling
20 Benzelrath - Frechen Bf. - Marsdorf - Dürener Str. - Gürtel - Aachener Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt

TRAM ROUTES IN BONN

Operator: Stadtwerke Bonn (SWB)

1 Rheindorf - Wilhelmsplatz - Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station) - Dottendorf
2 Beuel - Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station) - Dottendorf
3 Bad Godesberg - Mehlem

INTERURBAN ROUTES AROUND BONN (with the exception of those to Cologne)

Operator: Stadtwerke Bonn (SWB)

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


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

Note: There is some overlap in the network length data because the same stretch may belong to two separate networks

  • Cologne tramway: ca. 190 km. (including 50 km. of interurban routes [LRT] to Bonn)
  • Bonn tramway: ? km.
  • Bonn Stadtbahn (LRT): 23 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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