The Bonn Stadtbahn
(city rail) is a part of the local public transit
system in Bonn
and the surrounding Rhein-Sieg
area. Although with six actual Stadtbahn
lines and three tram
lines it is relatively small, two of the Stadtbahn lines connect to the much larger Cologne Stadtbahn
(and are numbered according to that system, not Bonn's).
The entire network comprises 125.36 kilometres of trackage, of which 95.84 km are allocated for Stadtbahn use and the remaining 29.52 km are used by the tram network. There are 64 stations. Additionally, 8.5 kilometres of the Stadtbahn and 12 of the stations are located underground.
In the middle of the 1960s Bonn lay at the heart of five different railway enterprises. Besides the Deutsche Bundesbahn
(the West German
national railway company) there was the independent Cologne-Bonn railway
(KBE) and three separate tram concerns:
- The tram network operated by the city of Bonn (SWB), which had declined in the 1950s.
- The SSB, which operated electrified services in the Rhein-Sieg area between Bonn, Beuel, Siegburg, and Bad Honnef.
- The BGM, which operated a tram line from Bonn through Bad Godesberg to Mehlem.
This arrangement was inexpedient for a city which boasted 140,000 inhabitants and served as the seat of government for West Germany. The existing arrangement faced competition from the development of automobile traffic, and the federal government was anxious to transform Bonn from a... Read More