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    In depth

    Comment: Stations really matter


    The opening on January 25 of Long Island Rail Road’s deep-level hub at Grand Central Madison in New York encapsulates the challenges facing station developers, who must balance urban regeneration objectives with operational improvements to rail services. This is no simple task, argues our Executive Editor Nick Kingsley.

  • Hamburg S-Bahn train loading information
    Metro Report International

    Real-time train occupancy data smooths S-Bahn boarding


    GERMANY: Passengers in Hamburg can now get real-time train occupancy data using technology developed by S-Bahn Hamburg in-house using an existing communication system supplied by PSI Transcom. Sensors scan passing trains to collect information on the occupancy of individual coaches, which is sent through the PSI ...

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    Stadler Flirt3 XLs ordered for Frankfurt – Koblenz service


    GERMANY: VIAS Rail is to lease eight Stadler Flirt3 XL electric multiple-units from Alpha Trains for use on a Frankfurt – Koblenz service along the right bank of the Rhein which is to be introduced in December 2025. There is an option for one more EMU. ...

  • National Express RRX RE1 at Duesseldorf Hbf

    National Express selected for 10-year operating contracts


    GERMANY: National Express Rail has been selected to operate passenger services RE1 Aachen – Hamm and RE11 Düsseldorf – Paderborn – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe for 10 years from the December 2023 timetable change. The €1bn contract tendered by Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR, go.Rheinland (formerly NVR), Westfalen-Lippe authority NWL ...

  • Railway track

    DB Regio awarded Rheine – Löhne operating contract


    GERMANY: DB Regio has been selected to operate new regional express service RE62 Rheine – Osnabrück – Löhne for seven years from December 2023. The service running every 2 h is being commissioned by Neidersachsen transport authority LNVG and Westfalen-Lippe authority NWL to retain an hourly ...

  • Dortmund Heiterblick tram (Photo: DSW21/Claudia Posern)
    Metro Report International

    Energy-efficient Dortmund tram unveiled


    GERMANY: The first of 90 energy-efficient high-floor light rail vehicles being supplied for use in Dortmund has been unveiled by operator DSW21, HeiterBlick and Kiepe Electric at Dorstfeld depot. Under the B-car project, the two manufacturers are assembling 26 new trams in Leipzig and rebuilding 64 ...

  • Eurostar Thalys merger brand reveal (2)

    Merged Eurostar and Thalys branding revealed


    EUROPE: The branding for the merged Eurostar and Thalys high speed rail businesses was unveiled in Brussels on January 24.

  • DB Netz track (Photo: DB).

    DB maintenance fleet to get Stadler Guardia ETCS


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has awarded Stadler a contract to retrofit up to 80 maintenance vehicles with its Guardia ETCS Baseline 3.6.0 onboard equipment. There is a firm order for installation on an initial eight 711.1 and 741.X vehicles for use in Germany and Switzerland ...

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    DB to investigate sale of Schenker logistics business


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn’s supervisory board has tasked the management board with examining a potential sale of up to 100% of its DB Schenker land, air and sea freight forwarding business. Announcing the decision on December 15, DB said Schenker had made a significant contribution to the ...

  • DB Netz has taken delivery of the country’s first Robel-built Mobile Maintenance System for use on specialist track maintenance work.

    Robel MMS provides a safe environment for DB Netz track maintenance


    GERMANY: Infrastructure operator DB Netz has taken delivery of the country’s first Robel-built Mobile Maintenance System for use on specialist track maintenance work. Branded by DB Netz as FIZ (Fahrbahninstandhaltungszug), the three-vehicle MMS is formed of a traction and supply unit with crew accommodation, toilet facilities ...

  • Mobile mapping system certified by Deutsche Bahn

    Mobile mapping system certified by Deutsche Bahn


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has approved the use of Trimble’s MX9 mobile mapping system for surveying track, clearances and infrastructure. The MX9 hardware can be mounted on a vehicle to rapidly capture panoramic and multi-angle laser scans and images at speed up to 100 km/h, avoiding the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Stadler presents mock-up of tram-trains for German and Austrian operators


    EUROPE: A mock-up of the Citylink tram-trains that Stadler is to supply to operators in Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken, Neckar-Alb, Oberösterreich and Salzburg was unveiled at the Betriebshof West depot in Karlsruhe on December 13. The mock-up is 22 m long, with a fully equipped interior. A consortium ...

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    Metro Report International

    First T-series tram enters service in Frankfurt


    GERMANY: The first of 58 T-series trams that Alstom is supplying to Frankfurt am Main entered service on Route 17 with the December 11 timetable change.

  • Groundbreaking ceremony

    Railpool breaks ground for Hamburg locomotive workshop


    GERMANY: Leasing company Railpool has broken ground to launch construction of an eco-friendly locomotive workshop at its Hamburg Billbrook site. ‘By investing in a future-proof workshop infrastructure, we are making an important contribution to the rail industry by providing the maintenance capacity required for the growing ...

  • Hitachi
    In depth

    Traction Technology: Diverse fleets demonstrate energy storage advances


    ABB’s novel modular battery powerpacks are being deployed on new trains being built by several major manufacturers, as advances in energy storage technology start to become commercialised.

  • Wendlingen – Ulm high speed line (Photo Deutsche Bahn) (2)

    High speed line opening boosts international rail axis


    GERMANY: ‘Stuttgart and Ulm are moving closer together, but also Paris and Budapest’, said Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann at the official inauguration of the 59∙6 km Wendlingen – Ulm high speed line two days before revenue services started with the December 11 timetable change. The importance ...

  • DB ICE3neo high speed train (1)

    ICE3neo enters passenger service


    GERMANY: The first of 73 ICE3neo high speed trainsets that Siemens Mobility is supplying to Deutsche Bahn entered service on the Frankfurt – Köln line on December 5.

  • Škoda Cottbus 2
    Metro Report International

    Cottbus orders more Škoda trams


    GERMANY: Cottbus city transport operator Cottbusverkehr has exercised an option to order 15 more trams from Škoda Group. In February 2021 Škoda was awarded a €110m joint contract to supply a total of 24 trams to the cites of Frankfurt an der Oder, Brandenburg and Cottbus ...

  • Container terminal (Photo: HHLA/Thies Raetzke)

    Combined transport booking platform gets development funding


    GERMANY: The Federal Ministry for Digital & Transport has awarded Future of Rail Freight Transport programme funding to accelerate the development of the Modility combined transport booking platform. Planned enhancements include improved information on prices and available train capacities, simplification of the booking process and options ...

  • Impression of Siemens Mobility Mireo Plus H hydrogen train for NEB's Heidekrautbahn

    Hydrogen train lease financing put in place


    GERMANY: KfW IPEX-Bank has implemented a tailored leasing structure developed with Deutsche Anlagen-Leasing to finance Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn’s order for hydrogen trains.