Zentralstellwerk Köln Hbf


The Power Signal Box of Cologne Central Station (Köln Hbf) is one of the largest signal boxes in Germany. Though it seems to have a limited amount of tracks, the amount of traffic is immense!



  • Contains the area between Köln-Kalk, Köln-Mülheim, Köln-Chorweiler, Köln-West, Köln-Ehrenfeld.
  • Neighbour Dispatchers of Deutz and Nippes are fully automated, though you are able to interfere via a generic dispatching screen (like an IECC)
  • The Service Yard (Betriebsbahnhof) is included.
  • Trains via the famous Schlundgleis are possible in case of irregularities between Köln-West and Köln Hbf
  • S-Bahn Stammstrecke (Commuter Line) between Köln-Mülheim and Köln-Chorweiler completely included.
  • Train Steering System (Zuglenkung) for the Commuter Line (S-Bahn Stammstrecke)
  • Commuter trains of the S-Bahn in Nippes can do a short turnaround to save time in stead of going into the Wendeanlage
  • 10 time table points including: Köln Hbf, Köln-Deutz, Köln-Buchforst, Köln-Trimbornstrasse, Köln-Hansaring, and more.
  • “Nachfahren” procedure with the cover signals in Köln Hbf
  • Partial Route Procedures for routes to and from Service Yard
  • “Train Ready” indicators from the platform managers in Köln Hbf
  • Complete 1:1 simulation of the original panel including all buttons!
  • Nummernstellpult (numerical entry) with shortcuts and preset routes.
  • Selbstblock 60 and Zentralblock-Systems for block operations
  • ZNP 801 train number descriptor system
  • Group buttons on panel and in separate window.
  • Special zoom window
  • Ausfahrensperrenmelder (Exit Lock indicators)
  • Mittelweichen (middle switches) and Mittelweichengruppentaste
  • Day and night brightness of signals with dimmer and bell.
  • Logging printer with sound.
  • 4 brightness levels for panel lighting.


Köln Panel

Köln by the numbers…

  • 12.400 possible routes (train, shunt, alternatives)
  • 356 signals (225 main signals, 90 cover signals!)
  • 254 switches/points/turnouts
  • 571 track sections (103 km network length in total)
  • 3960 panel tiles (!). In total 486 buttons to press.
  • up to 1510 trains per day – you’ll be very busy

The timetable is from summer 2001.

The timetable has all ICE, IC, ED, Thalys (TGV-PBKA), INT and the Metropolitan push-pull train sets. There is a large amount of traffic between the service yards Deutzerfeld and Betriebsbahnhof.





Take a peek at the manual page for this panel.




Take a look at the panel up close.




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System Requirements


  • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, 32 or 64 bit
  • 1GB RAM memory
  • 500MB space free on hard disk
  •  Sound Card
  • 2.0 GHz processor


The simulation can run on older computers, though we encourage you to have

  • 2 GB RAM Memory
  • 3 GHz multi-core CPU


The simulation can run on a monitor with 1024×768 resolution, though we strongly encourage higher resolutions for a better simulation experience.

For optimal results, you might consider having a widescreen monitor. Multiple widescreen monitors are ideal.

Microsoft .Net Framework

This computer program uses the Microsoft .NET Framework.

If this is not available, it will be installed upon installation of the application.

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