Trams in Bochum/Gelsenkirchen

The Bochum/Gelsenkirchen tramway network (German: Straßenbahnnetz Bochum/Gelsenkirchen) is a network of tramways focused on Bochum and Gelsenkirchen, two cities in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Trams in Bochum/Gelsenkirchen
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A BOGESTRA tram at Bochum Hbf.
Open23 November 1894 (1894-11-23)
Lines6 (+ 1 Ruhrbahn line: 107)
Operator(s)Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Straßenbahnen AG (BOGESTRA)
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Propulsion system(s)Electricity
Electrification600 (750) V DC
Route length84 km (52 mi)
The network in 2020.
WebsiteBOGESTRA (in German)

Opened in 1894 in Bochum and in 1895 in Gelsenkirchen, the network is operated by the Bochum-Gelsenkirchener Straßenbahnen AG (BOGESTRA). It also serves the neighbouring towns of Hattingen, Herne and Witten.


As of December 2019, the following nine tram lines are operated exclusively by BOGESTRA:[1]

Line Route Stations[1]
301 Gelsenkirchen Hbf – Bismarck – Buer – Horst 34
302 Gelsenkirchen-Buer Rathaus – Gelsenkirchen Hbf – Bochum Hbf – Laer Mitte - Langendreer S 44
305 Bochum-Höntrop Kirche – Bochum Hbf – Laer Mitte - Langendreer S 25
306 Wanne-Eickel Hbf – Bochum Hbf 21
Also operates as a Night Express.
308 Bochum-Gerthe Schürbankstraße – Bochum Hbf – Weitmar – Linden – Hattingen Mitte 38
309 Witten Papenholz – Witten Rathaus – Heven Dorf 14
310 Bochum-Höntrop Kirche – Bochum Hbf – Langendreer S
Witten Papenholz – Witten Rathaus – Heven Dorf
316 Wanne-Eickel Hbf – Bochum Hbf – Bochum-Gerthe Heinrichstraße 31
318 Bochum-Gerthe Schürbankstraße – Bochum Hbf – Weitmar – Linden – Dahlhausen Bf. 32
Also operates as a Night Express.

In addition, a tenth tram line serves the BOGESTRA region:[1]

Line Route Stations Comments
107 Gelsenkirchen Hbf – Feldmark – Trabrennbahn – Essen-Katernberg – Zeche Zollverein – Essen Hbf – Bredeney 34 Operated by Ruhrbahn for most of the week. Only 11 stations in BOGESTRA area.

This line, which is operated by the Ruhrbahn for most of the week, has its northernmost 11 stations in the BOGESTRA transit area. Early on Saturday mornings, it is operated by BOGESTRA, and runs between Gelsenkirchen Hbf and Trabrennbahn only.

Rolling stockEdit

The tram network currently operates using low-floor trams of the types NF6D (made by DÜWAG and similar to the R1.1 cars of Bonn tramway's system) and Variobahn (by Stadler Rail). Some lines still use type M high-floor articulated trams (also from DÜWAG), but these will ultimately also be replaced by Stadler Variobahns.

The Stadtbahn line uses a separate fleet of high-floor Stadtbahnwagen B and Tango trains. It is not connected to the low-floor network and therefore trams on one system cannot operate on the other.

See alsoEdit


Inline referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "BOGESTRA-Schienennetz" [BOGESTRA-Rail Network Plan] (PDF) (in German). BOGESTRA AG. December 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2019.


  • Höltge, Dieter (1994). Straßen- und Stadtbahnen in Deutschland [Tramways and Stadtbahnen in Germany] (in German). Band 4: Ruhrgebiet - Von Dortmund bis Duisburg [Volume 4: Ruhr - from Dortmund to Duisburg]. Freiburg i. B., Germany: EK-Verlag. ISBN 9783882553345.

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Coordinates: 51°28′28″N 07°13′30″E / 51.47444°N 7.22500°E / 51.47444; 7.22500