Dispatching in Bonn-Bad Godesberg

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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-Bad Godesberg panel here.

Signal Box Bonn-Bad Godesberg

Stellwerk Bonn-Bad Godesberg

Some data of the panel:

  • 33 switches/points/turnouts
  • 64 signals
  • 103 track sections
  • 39 km total track length
  • 145 possible routes (train, shunt, alternatives)
  • 236 buttons on the panel
  • 42x18 panel tiles (= 756 panel tiles)
  • 8 level crossings(5 are of type Vollschranke = Full Barrier)
  • Group buttons on the panel
  • fleeting of signals are possible
  • ZNP801
  • Signal Brightness / Panel Brightness adjustable
  • axle counters and axle counter reset button
  • Line Operations with Bonn Hbf and Remagen

Neuer Weg

Neuer Weg

Neuer Weg is a little siding. You can use tracks 43 and 44 to take slow traffic aside, so that faster traffic can overtake there.

The right side is where our signal box connects to the station of Oberwinter (KOWI) and further towards the dispatching area of [[Dispatching in Remagen |Remagen (KRE)]]. Rolandseck (KROL) belongs to Remagen's dispatching area, is located along the open line between Neuer Weg and Oberwinter.

The level crossings at km 44.08 and km 44.311 have full barriers. You have to manually secure them with BüFT after the level crossing has closed.



Mehlem has three platform tracks, of which in general only track 31 and 32 are used. Only the SE 3500 and RB 7300 train series have their stops here.

Track 35 and 37 are out of service. That is why we permanently have the reminders on the panel.

The level crossings at km 41.52 and km 40.30 have full barriers. You have to manually secure them with BüFT after the level crossing has closed.

Bad Godesberg Pbf

Bonn-Bad Godesberg Pbf

Only the SE 3500 and RB 7300 train series have their stops at Bonn-Bad Godesberg Pbf.

Bonn-Bad Godesberg Pbf has four platform tracks, of which in general only track 21 and 22 are used. You can however make use of track 23 and 24 where needed.

The level crossing at km 38.615 has full barriers. You have to manually secure it with BüFT after the level crossing has closed.

Signal R101 (Halbregelabstand)

Signal R101 has a special function. As this main signal is located only 700 meters away from exit signal 21, the available braking distance is not sufficient for the allowed line speed of 160 km/h. If the signal would have been further back towards Godesberg Nord, the braking distance over there would become too short. Additionally, it would mean that between the signal and switch 34, a reduced speed limit would have to be applied over a distance of 600 meters in case a route into track 24 is set. Therefore, there is a special signal in front of signal R101: the half-distance rule announcement-signal R101k. You can not operate this signal (no signal button), as it can not show the Stop aspect.

Signal R101 shows Stop

In this picture the rest state is shown. Main signal R101 shows Hp 0 (Stop). The signal R101k functions here as a distant signal repeater. The main signal R101k is operationally switched off, and thus showing the Kennlicht.

Signal R101 in Halbregelabstand (Kennlicht)

In this picture the situation is shown that an entrance route from signal R101 towards track 21 has been set. The main signal R101 is operationally switched off (Kennlicht), as is located only 700 meters from the next main signal N21. It just functions as a distant signal repeater. Signal R101k, located at braking distance from the exit signal N21, now shows Hp 1 (Proceed) and Vr 0 (Expect stop).

Signal R101 shows Proceed (Hp 1)

This shows the situation where a complete train route to pass through via track 21 has been set. Both signals R101 and R101k are showing the Proceed aspect (Hp 1). The white lamp of the distant signal at signal R101 is illuminated to show the driver that there is a short braking distance towards the next main signal.

Signal R101 shows Hp 2

The last picture shows the situation that an entrance route from signal R101 towards track 24 has been set. Signal R101 is now showing Hp 2 (reduced speed) + Vr 0 (expect stop). As the braking distance between this signal and N24 is long enough (due to the reduced speed), the distant signal will not show its white lamp. The signal R101k functions as distant signal repeater here, and the main signal has been operationally switched off (Kennlicht).

Bad Godesberg Nord

Bonn-Bad Godesberg Nord

This yard is only used to put a freight train away or the turning around of the ICE trains in the morning.

Note that on the panel the yard is called "Bad Godesberg Gbf" (Gbf = freight yard). This is a legacy issue. The yard is now called Bonn-Bad Godesberg Nord (North) and is abbreviated KBBN.

On the left side of Godesberg Nord, it goes on towards Bonn Hbf. The permitted line speed is 160 km/h. The two level crossings at km 35.245 and 34.765 are operated by the dispatcher of Bonn Hbf, which is why they are displayed here, but having no control buttons. The same applies to the signals: their satusses are shown for information only.

The level crossing at km 36.720 has full barriers. You have to manually secure it with BüFT after the level crossing has closed.


Rheingold : Destinations used in Timetable

Short Name Full Name
KB Bonn Hbf
KBBG Bonn-Bad Godesberg Pbf
KBBN Bonn-Bad Godesberg Nord (Gbf)
KBM Bonn-Mehlem
KNEW Neuer Weg
KOWI Oberwinter
KROL Rolandseck
KRE Remagen

Street Names of Level Crossings

Box info Mile Post Steet Name
I 1 km 44.311 Brunnenstrasse
I 2 km 44.080 Mainzer Strasse
I 3 km 41.520 Drachenburg Strasse
I 4 km 40.300 Kapellenweg
I 5 km 38.615 Plittersdorfer Strasse
I 6 km 36.720 Annabergstrasse
I 7 km 36.480 Winkelsweg
I 8 km 36.020 Am Südfriedhof

Track lengths

Track lengths Neuer Weg

Track Length (m)
41 700
42 700
43 653
44 655

Track lengths Bonn-Mehlem

Track Length (m)
31 450
32 450
33 400
34 300

Track lengths Bonn-Bad Godesberg Pbf

Track Length (m)
21 381
22 622
23 570
24 357

Track lengths Bonn-Bad Godesberg Nord

Track Length (m)
11 720
12 811
14 616

This simulation is part of the Rheingold Project | Köln | Hürth–Kalscheuren | Brühl | Sechtem | Roisdorf | Bonn | Bonn-Bad Godesberg | Remagen | Brohl | Andernach | Weißenthurm | Koblenz-Lützel