Dispatching in Brohl
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 Brohl panel here.
Signal Box Brohl
The signal box of Brohl is located along the electrified double-track main line 'Linke Rheinstrecke', line number 2630 from Cologne to Mainz between the stations of Sinzig and Andernach.
Neighbouring Dispatching Areas
On the top right (track 02/39) are the connecting tracks towards the dispatching area of Andernach (KAND). Wrong line operation (Gleiswechselbetrieb or GWB) towards and from Andernach is possible.
On the top left (track 24/23) the 'Linke Rheinstrecke' will leave our dispatching area to the South towards Remagen (KRE). The station of Sinzig (KSIZ) is the next controlled location in this direction. Wrong line operation (GWB) towards and from Sinzig is not possible.
Normally we have Brohl running in Sellbstbetrieb (fleeting) as there is not that much variation in track occuption at Brohl station. And for those few exceptions, we just have to make sure that we set our routes in time before the Sellbstbetrieb does it for us. But it is no problem if you switch the Sellbstbetrieb off for signals A1, N1, P2, F and R1. Switch fleeting off for each signal using the SBRT button and the signal button. If you are more used to how we normally work, you can switch it on again using the SBET button together with signal buttons.
The station of Brohl has 3 platform tracks. The trains from the North (Remagen) normally go via track 1. Trains from the South (Andernach) have their stops at track 2. The train series SE 3500 and RB 7300 are the only trains that have a stop at Brohl.
Signal A.n.1.9 has a special function: it is a half-distance rule announcement-signal. You can not operate this signal (no signal button), as it can not show the Stop aspect.
Left from Brohl we have 3 level crossings (km 64.951, km 65.094 and km 65.550) with full barriers. If a route has been set and the barriers have closed, we need to confirm that the level crossing is free of other traffic. You will hear a bell ringing as long as the barriers are closing. Secure the level crossing with the BüFT group button and the yellow dotted button of the level crossing. (* this is an expert option)
The level crossing (km 69.210) on the open line towards Andernach does not have full barriers.
Bad Breisig is located on the open line left from Brohl towards Sinzig. The only train series that do stop here are the RB 7300 trains.
Namedy is located on the open line (track sections 35/38) from Brohl towards Andernach. The only train series that do stop here are the RB 7300 trains.
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 only possible between Brohl and Andernach. However, GWB has its limitations because from the GWB cannot be reached from all tracks, and not all tracks can be reached from GWB.
The following tracks can not be accessed from within GWB:
- Towards the south <--
- Brohl track 1 (no trainroute possible)
Exit routes from tracks into GWB are not possible for:
- Towards the north -->
- Brohl track 1
- Brohl track 2 (no trainroute possible)
- Brohl track 9
- Brohl track 11
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 Sechtem or Bonn Hbf prior to sending trains into GWB.
Street Names of Level Crossings
Track lengths Brohl
Track lengths Bad Breisig
Track lengths Namedy