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Old May 7th, 2009, 03:20 AM   #201
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Hohenzollernbrücke.

View from the cathedral at the Hohenzollern bridge:

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On the right the lane with two tracks for the S-Bahn. It has been built in the 80ies. Between the war and the 80ies the Hohenzollernbrücke had only four tracks. But before the war it had three lanes like today, but the third one had been on the left side and had been used by the tram and cars. You can see the old tram tracks on the bottom of the photo, pointing to the river:















During Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag 2007 at night:



Köln Hbf., Kölner Dom, Hohenzollernbrücke:


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Old May 7th, 2009, 06:10 AM   #202
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That bridge (along with the Dom of course) is absolutely one of the icons of Germany let alone Cologne. For me as a fellow European it is almost as recognisable as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, though admittedly those outside of Europe who haven't travelled to Germany probably wouldn't know it.

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Something about the service frequencies in Cologne's rail network.

Stadtbahn:

Normally every number runs every ten or every five minutes depending on the number.
Note: There are many sections which are served by more than one number, so the frequency in these sections is better.

S-Bahn:

Every number runs every 20 minutes – exception is "S-Bahnvorlauflinie" RB25: every 30 minutes. Many sections are served by more than one number, there the frequency is better.


Regional trains:

Every 60 minutes per number. The important branches are served by more than one number.
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As I have told before the Cologne Stadtbahn network consists of a low floor and a high floor part. At the beginning all stations of the 60ies, 70ies and some of the 80ies had been low floor stations because many tram cars had been in use. Cologne's network of that time was a mixture of tram and Stadtbahn. Since the end of the 80ies more and more Stadtbahn only stations have been built and therefore more and more high floor stations. At this time low floor Stadtbahn trains did not exist, so it was planned for the future, to rebuild all stations to high floor stations.
Since the middle of the 90ies it changed; low floor trains had been available and Cologne decided not to change the whole network to high floor.
Because of line changes some stations since then have had an interesting history of changing platform height. One of them is Chorweiler, in service since 1973 it had been low floor till 1996, then high floor till 2006 and today it is part of the low floor network.

Today:

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Until 2006:



Note: In the front part this station has got two tracks! So yes, it is the same station!
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Other stations like "Hansaring" have a low floor and a high floor part – high floor part today not needed anymore at this station:

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Some work vehicles of Cologne's Stadtbahn.

Battery shunter in Wesseling (depot):



First – rail polishing vehicle, second – electric loco (during a presentation):



Diesel/electric loco and car for bulk (during a presentation):


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The station "Haus Vorst" in the west of Cologne. It is part of the low floor network of Cologne's Stadtbahn. These tracks are used by freight trains too:



Turning track at this station:




Station Weiden-West, 0 = Stadtbahn, +1 = S-Bahn:



During the works:

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Above I've said, that Cologne's S-Bahn network has a length of approx. 200 km.
Thanks to a german railway forum I have now a more exact value:

226 km.

That means in a comparison of german S-Bahn networks Cologne is in the middle:

Rhein-Ruhr 472 km
München 442 km
Hannover 385 km
Berlin 331 km
Rhein-Main 309 km
Rhein-Neckar 290 km
Köln 226 km
Stuttgart 177 km
Hamburg 144 km
Leipzig/Halle 127 km
Dresden 101 km
Nürnberg 67 km
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As I mentioned before, some years ago Cologne had also trams. Some of the old trams are now rebuild as work cars for the Stadtbahn.

Repair and assembling shop – technics:



Catenary monitoring:



Rail maintenance and lubrication:

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Students of arts of Cologne's university designed the Darwin train:















Inside the train:




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Cologne's Stadtbahn network gets bigger and bigger, a large project at the moment is the construction of the Nord-Süd-Stadtbahn, which means north-south Stadtbahn. It's a stretch with a length of four kilometers which is build in deep tunnels. At the deepest section it is 30 meters deep. The costs are more than 1 billion (1000 million) €.

Here some photos of the construction of the tunnels.





















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Looks good! How is the progress on the underground segment following the collapse of those buildings recently?
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Looks good!
The pictures are not brand new, at the moment the interior construction is in progress.


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How is the progress on the underground segment following the collapse of those buildings recently?
They are searching for the remnants of the city's record vault.
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Besides that they search for a location for a new archive.
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Chorweiler is a satellite town of Cologne which has been built at the end of the 60ies.
Here you can see the bus station which is located above the underground Stadtbahn and S-Bahn station. Interesting house in the foreground:

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Another interesting station is the Stadtbahn station Äußere Kanalstraße. The tubes at the ceiling are sewers:

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Two Stadtbahn stretches in the south of Cologne go to Bonn, in Bonn they are connected to the Stadtbahn Bonn. Stadtbahn Bonn and Stadbahn Cologne together are sometimes called "Stadtbahn Rhein-Sieg", because Rhein-Sieg is another designation for the agglomeration Köln-Bonn.
So we can say that Stadtbahn Bonn is a sister of Stadtbahn Cologne and therefore we now make an excursion to Bonn.

We begin in Cologne.

Rail crossing at Barbarossaplatz station:



Rail crossing at Ubierring:



Rodenkirchen station:



Godorf station, last station in the city area of Cologne. In the background an old windmill:



Approaching Hersel station:



Near Propsthof Nord station, we are now already in Bonn:


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To be continued.

Note: The above stations are only a few examples, the amount of stations between Cologne and Bonn is much bigger!
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Another interesting station is the Stadtbahn station Äußere Kanalstraße. The tubes at the ceiling are sewers:

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Got to hope that the pipes never leak then!
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Got to hope that the pipes never leak then!
Those are not pipes, but rather artwork to symbolise the undercarriage of a train. ie. the bogies
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