JB BAHN - Simulation of Railway and Streetcar Networks
(I took some text from the BAHNTE.TXT file, an English translation of
the BAHN short documentation made by Frank Ostrander, USA.)
- BAHN is a program for the simulation of train systems. It's predecessor
was made for streetcar nets only, but today you can built railway lines, too.
- If you are interested in Model Railroading, but you don't have a Layout,
then BAHN can help. Even of you do have a Layout, it is often useful to
model changes before you make them. With this program several hundred kilometers
of track and over 1000 trains (simultaneous running) can be modeled on
the PC, even in a laptop.
- If you have been disappointed that your city's public transportation
system doesn't run often enough, or doesn't run at all, BAHN lets you see
how things could be if you were in charge!
- With this program train systems of quite respectable size can be built
up and put into motion (eg the metro of London, Paris or New York, the
Streetcar systems of Dresden or Leipzig, or of the entire rail system of
- You can assemble trains from a rolling stock of more than 12,900 different
vehicles in a bright array of colors. There are many types
of streetcars available (among others: Gotha, ČKD, Duewag, Konstal, ABB
Henschel, Siemens, Alstom). Representing the German railways are a choice
of several Locomotives and other rolling stock. Equipment from other railways
is available from DB, SBB, ÖBB, SNCB, SNCF, Amtrak and others; including
passenger and freight trains from the days Steam to today's fast trains.
The (elevated) S-Bahn and (subway/metro) U-Bahn are also represented.
- It is possible to manually operate a train while other trains continue
to operate automatically.
- A big advantage of this program over traditional model railroad layouts
is its ability to run over 1000 trains simultaneously; all this while you
are laying new track! On the other hand one should proceed with caution
when influencing the traffic flow. Otherwise interruptions in traffic flow
- BAHN has been published first in 1993 but there have been some
small predecessors since 1985.
- The current version is BAHN 3.88r4 (10/2016).
- BAHN 3.88 requires MS-Windows 32bit (at least Win XP) or a compatible operating system.
There exist no special versions for OS/2, UNIX, Mac....
In the Software museum there are predecessors for DOS and Windows 3.1.
Today, a complete BAHN is available in English and German only.
Support of other languages is in preparation resp. partially available,
see the Download site
and the Links list for more.
You can download BAHN from some different places, click here for Addresses.
Otherwise you can order BAHN on CDROM directly from the Program's
author (conditions see Registration / Conditions of use).
- Hardware requirements:
- CPU Pentium or higher (or compatible)
- at least 1GB main memory
- about 400MB free disk space
The BAHN Standard version is Shareware: After an evaluation period of 92 days you should
delete it or you need to Register for the further use.
In difference, the Viewer version is Freeware and can be used for free without limitation of time.
The installation packet contains both versions.
There is service via E-Mail or letter mail (see Author's
There is no service via phone or fax.
Sometimes my one-man-company will be closed for some weeks for holidays,
sickness or other reasons. Then no service will be available, unfortunately.
- Suggestions that make sense for improvement are welcomed, but see the List
of new features (may be your suggestion already has been made) and
the FAQ (may be someone else had the same idea).
Many ideas should be discussed in the message boards first.
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