THE GS TRAM SITE

KÖLN / COLOGNE - BONN

DEUTSCHLAND – GERMANY

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13 Dec. 2015

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Cologne / Bonn after a section of the north-south rail line was put into operation.




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THE COLOGNE-BONN AREA

Only light rail (Stadtbahn) routes shown

Cologne Bonn tram map 2015


INSET 1: COLOGNE

Cologne tram map 2015


INSET 2: CENTRAL COLOGNE

Central Cologne tram map 2015


INSET 3: BONN

Bonn tram map 2015


ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS

BPl Barbarossaplatz NM Neumarkt
DB Deutzer Brücke SSt Severinstraße
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 Weiden-West - Junkersdorf - Aachener Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Kalk - Kalk Kapelle - Merheim - Refrath - Bensberg
  3 Mengenich - Bocklemünd - Ehrenfeld - Köln West - Friesenplatz - Neumarkt - Poststraße - Severinsbrücke - Bf Deutz - Buchheim - Holweide [In rush hours: - Thielenbruch]
  4 Bocklemünd - Ehrenfeld - Köln West - Friesenplatz - Neumarkt - Poststraße - Severinsbrücke - Bf Deutz - Mülheim - Dünnwald - Schlebusch
  5 Heumarkt - Köln Hbf (Cologne Main Station) - Friesenplatz - Köln West - Nußbaumerstr. - Ossendorf - Am Butzweilerhof
  7 Frechen-Benzelrath - Frechen Bf. - Marsdorf - Dürener Str. - Aachener Str. - Rudolfplatz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Poll - Westhoven - Porz - Zündorf
  9 Sülz Hermeskeiler Pl. - Zülpicher Str. - Köln Süd - Zülpicher Platz - Neumarkt - Heumarkt - Deutzer Brücke - Bf Deutz - Kalk - Kalk Kapelle - Ostheim - Königsforst
12 Merkenich - Niehl - Neusser Str. - Ebertplatz - Friesenplatz - Rudolfplatz - Zülpicher Platz - Barbarossaplatz - Eifelplatz - Zollstock Südfriedhof
13 Holweide - Buchheim - Mülheim - Mülheimer Brücke - Gürtel - Sülzgürtel
15 Chorweiler - Longerich - Neusser Str. - Ebertplatz - Friesenplatz - Rudolfplatz - Zülpicher Platz - Barbarossaplatz - Chlodwigplatz - Ubierring
16 Niehl Sebastianstr. - Amsterdamer Str. - Ebertplatz - Köln Hbf - Neumarkt - Poststr. - Barbarossaplatz - Ubierring - Bayenthal - Rodenkirchen - Michaelshoven - Sürth - Wesseling – Buschdorf - Tannenbusch - Bonn Hbf – Museum Koenig - Olof-Palme-Allee - Bad Godesberg Stadthalle
17 Severinstraße - Chlodwigplatz - Bonner Wall - Bayenthal - Rodenkirchen [In rush hours: - Michaelshoven - Sürth]
18 Thielenbruch - Holweide - Buchheim - Mülheim - Mülheimer Brücke - Ebertplatz - Köln Hbf - Neumarkt - Poststr. - Barbarossaplatz - Sülzgürtel - Efferen - Hürth - Brühl – Merten - Bornheim - Alfter - Dransdorf - Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station)

TRAM ROUTES IN BONN

Operator: SWB

61 Auerberg - Wilhelmsplatz - Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station) - Dottendorf
62 Oberkassel Süd / Römlinghoven - Ramersdorf - Beuel - Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station) - Dottendorf
65 Auerberg - Wilhelmsplatz - Beuel - Ramersdorf [A few rush-hour and some other runs]

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

Operator: SWB

63 Tannenbusch - Bonn Hbf – Museum Koenig - Olof-Palme-Allee - Bad Godesberg Stadthalle
66 Siegburg - Vilich-Müldorf - Beuel - Bonn Hbf – Museum Koenig - Olof-Palme-Allee - Ramersdorf - Oberkassel Süd / Römlinghoven - Königswinter - Bad Hannef
67 Siegburg - Vilich-Müldorf - Beuel - Bonn Hbf – Museum Koenig - Olof-Palme-Allee - Bad Godesberg Stadthalle [Two weekday morning runs only]
68 Bornheim - Alfter - Dransdorf - Bonn Hbf (Bonn Main Station) - Museum Koenig - Olof-Palme-Allee - Ramersdorf [4 weekday rush-hour runs only]


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: 194.8 km. (including 44.5 km. of interurban routes [LRT] to Bonn)
  • Bonn tramway: 29.5 km.
  • Bonn Stadtbahn (LRT): 52.5 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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