Dispatching in Bonn
Before you get your approval to run the service on a signal box, you need to find out about the local characteristics. After training as a general trainee signalman, dispatchers were always paired with a person skilled in the signal box. This chapter is the brief introduction to the area. Read it carefully. It contains very important information.
The text is "peer to peer" written as if you are in the signal box, the first day after training.
Have a more detailed look at the Bonn Hbf panel here.
Hi! Welcome to the former Capital City of Germany! Bonn isn’t a big town, but it’s still a very important town in Germany. There are a couple of governmental offices that stayed here, even after Berlin became capital city of Germany. Interesting is that the station layout never looked like a capital city. The panel looks smart, but the amount of work is pretty deceptive. The amount of traffic is enormous for the layout. It’s mostly through traffic, so you don’t have to make major directional decisions, but the follow up of IC trains is very short. We’re located on the left side of the Rhine River between Cologne (from the North/right side of the panel) and Frankfurt (from the South/left side of the panel). On the left side of the panel, we have our neighbour Bonn-Bad Godesberg and on the right side we have our colleagues to Bonn-Duisdorf and Roisdorf. Most of the traffic runs between Godesberg and Roisdorf. The line to Bonn-Duisdorf doesn’t have Overhead Line Equipment, so don’t think of sending something there that does have pantographs.
Line Bonn-Bad Godesberg to Bonn Hbf
Trains from Godesberg will be announced shortly before appearance in box V202. You’ll see them then fall through via 22, 102, 12, to 950 where the bell will wake you up to do something. It’s at that moment that I set a route into the station (from 953 on).
Between Godesberg and Bonn we have 7 very busy level crossings. They care one of the “0” numbers. The km-position is mentioned on the panel. Saves you searching in the documentation!
The level crossing 7 (at 071/072) is the one that needs the longest in closing time (120 seconds!). As soon as you clear a route out of the station, the crossing wants to close. The other ones take a bit of a shorter time. Note that the trains run with a maximum speed of 160 km/h. That’s a pretty high speed for that short line.
The central station is relatively small. There are only 5 tracks available. Track 1 and 2 are used for the South to North trains (left to right). IC trains always to 401, the commuter trains normally to 402. They are normally overtaken by an IC in Bonn. So keep a good eye on the time table!
Track 403 and 404 are used for the North-South traffic (right to left). The IC Trains go to track 403 and the commuters to 404/424. ALL freight trains must go via 404/424! No exceptions. The profile of the trains don’t fit on track 403.
Track 405 is used for the commuter traffic to and from Duisdorf. Nothing more than arriving, turnaround and departing again. Easy-peasy! Remember that the line to Bonn-Duisdorf doesn’t have Overhead Line Equipment. So need to use the FfrT button to set a route to Bonn-Duisdorf
Track 401 and 403 can be passed through with 100 km/h. Track 404/424 can be entered with 100 km/h from the North. Departure then goes with 60 km/h.
Bonn Hbf (Vorbf)
This is our little freight yard. Nothing much left here from years ago, but still something is going on.
201-204 are the through tracks. Don’t stable your trains there... 203 for going to Duisdorf, 204 coming from Duisdorf to the central station. Around the crossings it looks a bit weird, but outside it looks much better.
Once a day a commuter train is stabled on track 206. And in the weekends they tend to park a couple of freight trains here. Look up yourself a nice spot in the yard. Lots of space left!
This area is actually nothing more than a junction. 902/922 leads to Roisdorf and further to Cologne.
If you run signal 902 in fleeted mode, pay attention to any freight train coming from Cologne. You won’t be the first one, who sent the local freight train for Bonn to track 202. Don’t give the drivers a big laugh, but pay attention to what’s coming from Roisdorf. You’ve got time enough to get the fleeting away.
251/250 is the line to Duisdorf. Just a bit of diesel trains every hour/half hour, depending on the time of the day. Remember that the line to Bonn-Duisdorf doesn’t have Overhead Line Equipment, so you need to press FfrT prior to setting the routes into those tracks.
Track 108 was used for the local tramway, but it’s a long time something went in there.
|Short Name||Full Name|
Street Names of Level Crossings
|Box info||Mile Post||Steet Name|
|I 1||km 32.551||Köningsstrase|
|I 2||km 32.817||Webenstrasse|
|I 3||km 33.133||Lessingstrasse|
|I 4||km 34.265||Rheinweg|
|I 5||km 34.482||Marie-Kahle-Allee|
|I 6||km 34.765||Ollenhauser Strasse|
|I 7||km 35.245||Dottendorfer Strasse|
Track lengths Bonn Hbf
Track lengths Bonn Vbf