Dispatching in Brühl

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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 Brühl panel here.

Signal Box Brühl


The signal box of Brühlis located along the electrified double-track main line 'Linke Rheinstrecke', line number 2630 from Cologne to Mainz between the stations of Sechtem and Hürth-Kalscheuren.

Neighbouring Dispatching Areas

On the top right (track 041/042) are the connecting tracks towards the dispatching area of Hürth–Kalscheuren (KKAS). Wrong line operation (Gleiswechselbetrieb or GWB) towards and from Hürth-Kalscheuren is possible.

On the top left (track 001/30) the 'Linke Rheinstrecke' will leave our dispatching area to the North towards Sechtem. The station of Sechtem (KSEC) is the next controlled location in this direction. Wrong line operation towards and from Sechtem is also possible here.



Normally we have Sechtem running in Sellbstbetrieb (auto fleeting) as all traffic goes via track 2 (102) for trains from Sechtem towards Hürth-Kalscheuren (and onwards to Köln), and via track 1 (101) for traffic from Hürth-Kalscheuren towards Sechtem (and onwards to Bonn).

Brühl Pbf

Brühl Pbf

The SE 3500 and RB 7300 series are the only services which stop in Brühl.

Brühl Gbf

Brühl Gbf

The freight yard of Brühl is located north of the passenger station. On the panel it is located on the leftside.

The connection to the plant facilities of HGK can also be found there. Freight trains out of the direction of Hürth-Kalscheuren can be send to HGK directly. The same applies for trains departing from HGK into the direction of Hürth-Kalscheuren and onwards to Cologne.

The freight yard itself does not see much traffic nowadays. Traffic to the yard need to arrive on track 5 or 6. Same applies for traffic departing from the freight yard.

Train routes into the direction of Brühl Pbf and onwards into the direction of Bonn, start a the shunt signal 5 or 6, as those tracks have a common main exit signal R5-8 for that direction.

Track 15 in Brühl Gbf is out of order. Switch 10 is locked in diverging position for that reason.

Bi-directional running (GWB)

Bi-directional running, in German called Gleiswechselbetrieb (GWB), is actually left hand running instead of the usual right hand running on the open line. The infrastructure is equipped with automatic block(s) which can be used into both directions. GWB is possible between both Sechtem and Brühl, as well as between Brühl and Hürth-Kalscheuren. However, GWB has its limitations because from the GWB cannot be reached from all tracks, and not tracks can be reached from GWB.

The following tracks can not be accessed from within GWB:

Brühl 1 (101)
Brühl 2 (102)
Brühl 22 (Gbf)

Exit routes from tracks into GWB are not possible for:

Brühl 22 (Gbf) Brühl 2 (102)
Brühl 4 (104)

We have direction controls on the open lines towards the neighbouring areas. This means that you need to use the EaGT button to set the direction of the automatic blocks towards you. Of course, you must offer a train to Hürth-Kalscheuren or Sechtem prior to sending trains into GWB.


Rheingold : Destinations used in Timetable

Short Name Full Name
KBR Brühl
KKAS Hürth-Kalscheuren
KSEC Sechtem

Track lengths

Track lengths Brühl Pbf

Track Length (m)
1 (101) 350
2 (102) 400
4 (104) 300

Track lengths Brühl Gbf

Track Length (m)
5 750
6 650
21 800
22 800
HGK 1000

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