Bonn-Mehlem station

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Bonn-Mehlem station
Deutsche Bahn
Through station
Bf-bn-mehlem.jpg
Location Mainzer Str. 24, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia
Germany
Coordinates 50°40′11″N 7°10′51″E / 50.669686°N 7.180893°E / 50.669686; 7.180893Coordinates: 50°40′11″N 7°10′51″E / 50.669686°N 7.180893°E / 50.669686; 7.180893
Line(s)
Platforms 2
Other information
Station code 0771
DS100 code KBM
IBNR 8001085
Category 4 [1]
Website www.bahnhof.de
History
Opened 15 October 1855[2]
Services
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
toward Ahrbrück
RB 30
Rhein-Ahr-Bahn
toward Bonn Hbf
Preceding station   National Express   Following station
Terminus RB 48
Rhein-Wupper-Bahn
Preceding station   trans regio   Following station
toward Mainz Hbf
RB 26
MittelRheinBahn

Bonn-Mehlem station is a through station in the Bonn district of Lannesdorf in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has three platform tracks and is located on the Left Rhine line south of Bonn Hauptbahnhof. The station also is served by buses and has parking spaces. It is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 4 station.[1]

History[edit]

On 21 January 1856, the section of the Left Rhine line between Bonn and Rolandseck was opened to traffic. The station in the then independent city of Mehlem was opened at this time. Due to the incorporation of Bad Godesberg in the city of Bonn, Mehlem station was renamed Bonn Mehlem in 1971. Mehlem had been part of Bad Godesberg since 1935.

A slightly recessed platform in the station served from 1949 as the location for travel and receptions of the American High Commissioner John J. McCloy and his successors to 1955 and the subsequent U.S. ambassadors. A class VT 06 railbus was continuously stationed here for this service. After 1963, the permanent stationing of trains at Bonn-Mehlem station for the American Embassy was terminated for financial reasons, but when required railbuses of classes VT 08-8 and VT 33.8 came from their base in Heidelberg, then the most important base for American troops in Germany. Once a year, possibly more often, a special train carried the U.S. ambassador via the Brunswick–Magdeburg railway through Helmstedt on the established transit route to Berlin-Lichterfelde West. The last such journey of an ambassador at Bonn-Mehlem took place on 18/19 December 1990 during the tenure of Vernon A. Walters. German reunification ended the role of Bonn-Mehlem station as a station of the American Embassy.[3]

Services[edit]

The Bonn-Mehlem has three platform tracks, each over 200 metres in length. The edge of platform 1 is 76 cm high. Platform 2 and 3 have a height of 38 cm, appropriate for long-distance, although there are no longer any long distance services at the station. The station is served by the following three lines:[4]

Line Line name Route Frequency Operator
RB 26 MittelrheinBahn Köln Messe/DeutzCologneBonnBonn-MehlemRemagenAndernachKoblenz-Stadtmitte - Koblenz - Mainz 1x per hour trans regio
RB 30 Rhein-Ahr-Bahn Bonn – Bonn-Mehlem – Remagen – Bad NeuenahrAhrbrück 1x per hour DB Regio Südwest
RB 48 Rhein-Wupper-Bahn Wuppertal-OberbarmenWuppertal – Cologne – Bonn – Bonn-Mehlem 1x per hour National Express

It is served by four bus routes, operated by SWB Bus und Bahn: 613 (at 10–20 minute intervals), 614 (20), 619 (20) and 852 (6 times a day). It is also served by two bus routes operated by Regionalverkehr Köln (both at 60 minute intervals): 856 and 857.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2017" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bonn-Mehlem station operations". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Volkhard Stern (2009). "Ein Salonzug stand am Bahnhof bereit – Der Dienstverkehr zur Amerikanischen Botschaft in Mehlem". Godesberger Heimatblätter (in German) (47): 84–99. 
  4. ^ a b "Bonn-Mehlem station". NRW Rail Archive (in German). André Joost. Retrieved 29 October 2011.