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Old April 25th, 2009, 04:05 PM   #161
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How frequent is the S-bahn service? Also, the two lines that cross into the Ruhr, are these part of the VRS or the VRR tarif zone (or both)?
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How frequent is the S-bahn service?
Every 20 minutes.


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Also, the two lines that cross into the Ruhr, are these part of the VRS or the VRR tarif zone (or both)?
VRS till the border, then VRR.
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As I have told above, two lines cross the border to the S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr. One of these lines is run by S-Bahn Köln with class 423 trains. But the other line is run by S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr and S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr uses other trains, than S-Bahn Köln. On this line push-pull trains of S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr are used. It's the S6 from Essen Hbf. in the Ruhr area, via Düsseldorf Hbf. to Cologne.

Köln Hbf., on the right S-Bahn push-pull train, these trains consist of a loco class 143 and x-wagons.:



Köln Hbf., engine of such a train:


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Old April 26th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #164
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Leverkusen:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/steuerwagenzuege-s-bahn-122193.jpg[/IMG]

Köln Hbf. (on the right – behind the ICE – you can see the headquarters of Lufthansa):

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There is another interesting line in S-Bahn Köln's network – RB 25. RB normally stands for "Regionalbahn" (regional train), but RB 25 is no normal regional train but a "S-Bahnvorlauf" line. That means this line will be converted into a real S-Bahn and it fits many S-Bahn standards already today. RB 25 uses not the tracks for normal trains, it uses the S-Bahn tracks and calls the S-Bahn stops: RB 25 is part of the S-Bahn system.

This line uses class 644 trains.

Leaving Hansaring on the "Stammstrecke":



Köln Hbf.:




Hansaring:


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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:06 AM   #166
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Why is a DMU used on this line?
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Old April 28th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #167
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Cologne is a cool city...great transportation. Thanks for the photos.
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Why is a DMU used on this line?
Because there is no catenary between Marienheide and Köln-Frankfurter Straße and there won't be one in the future, because of a restricted loading gauge on this line.
It's a Diesel-S-Bahn – but the performance of the class 644 diesel-electric trains is good enough for S-Bahn services.
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More photos of S-Bahn Köln.

Class 423 in Herchen (Sieg):

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/br-423-228174.jpg[/IMG]
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In Düren:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/br-423-229245.jpg[/IMG]
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Cologne is a cool city...great transportation. Thanks for the photos.
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Another part of Cologne's rail system are the regional trains. There are two sorts of regional trains: express trains and stoptrains. The express trains call only at important stations and their main function is to connect towns and cities with each other. For example: If someone wants to go from Cologne to Düsseldorf, he will take an express train.
There are two providers of regional trains in Cologne: Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Transregio. DB offers stoptrains, product name: Regionalbahn (RB), and express trains, product name: Regionalexpress (RE). Transregio offers only stoptrains, product name: Transregio (TR).

Some photos of Deutsche Bahn's trains.

Doubledecker push-pull train as RE approaches Köln Hbf.:



Doubledecker push-pull train as RE approaches Düren near Cologne:



Doubledecker push-pull train as RE passes by S-Bahn station Köln-Weiden West (pushed by a class 146 loco):



Push-pull train ex-Silberling with cab "Karlsruhe" at Köln Hbf.:



Hohenzollern bridge over the Rhine:



DMU class 628 as RB in Köln-Messe/Deutz:



Köln Hbf.:



Köln-Messe/Deutz:


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Köln Hbf., DMU class 644 in the middle (left TGV, right ICE):



Class 644 leaving Köln Hbf.:



EMU class 425 near Köln Hbf.:



As RB in Köln-West:



As RE in Köln Hbf.:



EMU class 426 on the top of the train, then two class 425 in Hürth-Kalscheuren near Cologne:



Now Transregio trains.

Brand new Desiro ML in Köln-West:





TR from Cologne to Koblenz is passed by an Intercity in Remagen near Bonn:



Destination Cologne, Krefeld Hbf.:


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Another interesting transport system is Cologne's aerial cableway.

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Another kind of important public transport in Cologne are the ferries.

In the background behind the barge: Ferry for passengers and cars in the north of Cologne:



Same ferry:



Ferry for passengers in the city centre of Cologne:


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Ferry for passengers in the south of Cologne:


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Buses in Cologne and the agglomeration

There are two sorts of buses, city buses and regional buses, some of the regional ones are express buses. City buses are operated by one operator, regional buses are operated by three big operators and several small ones.

City buses.

Main bus station:



Depot Riehl (KVB):








Depot Hürth (Schilling):




Regional bus.

Bergisch Gladbach/Bensberg:




On the right: regional bus, centre: city bus, on the left: regional express bus:



Depot Bergisch Gladbach (RVK):




Depot Leverkusen-Fixheide (KWS):


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Depot Troisdorf (RSVG):


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More regional buses.








Maxi train:



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Old May 2nd, 2009, 04:29 PM   #178
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Thanks for the pics. I'm from the US but live in Tokyo now...it's interesting to see how different the trains are everywhere! Any numbers on ridership?
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great public transportation.
how fast can Stadtbahn go?
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D'yu have there in Koeln buses with 'Anhänger'?? Cool! just few or it's pretty common?
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