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    Amsterdam – Wien sleeper train testing

    2020-10-18T05:00:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Trial running has been completed for the operation of Nightjet sleeper trains between Amsterdam and Wien from the December timetable change, when Amsterdam will rejoin the network of European overnight trains for the first time since 2016. Following a tender, Dutch national passenger operator NS ...

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    LNVG awards Niedersachsen Mitte diesel operating contract

    2020-10-17T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has awarded DB Regio a contract to operate a bundle of local passenger services on non-electrified routes for eight years from December 2021. The Niedersachsen Mitte contract combines the previous Heidekreuz contract, held by Erixx and covering services RB37 Bremen Hbf ...

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    DB awarded Donau-Isar operating contract

    2020-10-15T15:31:00Z

    GERMANY: Bayern railway agency BEG has awarded DB Regio the Donau-Isar contract covering the operation of a group of regional passenger services for 12 years from December 2024. The contract is split into two phases, to enable a restructuring once the second cross-city S-Bahn tunnel through ...

  • Düsseldorf’s Rheinbahn and Duisburg transport operator DVG have jointly awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 109 Avenio HF high-floor light rail vehicles
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    Düsseldorf and Duisburg place joint order for 109 light rail vehicles

    2020-10-13T14:33:00Z

    GERMANY: Düsseldorf’s Rheinbahn and Duisburg transport operator DVG have jointly awarded Siemens Mobility a contract worth almost €400m covering the supply of a total of 109 Avenio HF high-floor light rail vehicles for their interlinked networks, with an option for a further 48.

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    Tramway extension feasibility study completed

    2020-10-12T14:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A study of the feasibility of extending the Naumburg tramway to reinstate a complete circular route has been completed by Technische Universität Braunschweig’s Institute for Transport, Railway Construction & Operation on behalf of the Burgenland region.

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    Siemensbahn rejuvenation gets underway

    2020-10-06T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Deusche Bahn has started work on reinstatement of the 4·5 km Berlin S-Bahn branch to Siemensstadt, which has been disused for around 40 years. Built in 1929, the so-called Siemensbahn diverged from the circular Ringbahn at Jungfernheide and ran north over the River Spree to ...

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    Dual-mode tamper approved in Germany

    2020-10-02T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The Federal Railway Office has authorised unrestricted use of a dual-mode continuous-action tamping machine. Operated by Krebs Gleisbau, the Unimat 09-32/4S Dynamic E 3 universal tamper from Plasser Theurer was previously approved for operation in Austria and Switzerland. It can now be used ...

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    Berlin protest train calls for fair play for independent operators

    2020-09-28T11:56:00Z

    GERMANY: The Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen association of more than 25 independent freight operators arranged a special train through Berlin on September 28 to draw attention to the federal government’s failure to provide financial support for its member companies while offering compensation to state-owned Deutsche Bahn to deal ...

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    LNVG orders more double-deck coaches

    2020-09-22T12:55:00Z

    GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has awarded Bombardier Transportation an contract to supply a further 12 Twindexx Vario double-deck intermediate coaches and two driving cars. Scheduled to enter service on routes to Hamburg from autumn 2022, the coaches will be equipped with ...

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    German branch line reopening rejected

    2020-09-15T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Reopening an out-of-use part of the former Gersprenztalbahn route east of Darmstadt is not economically viable, a feasibility study has concluded. Improvements to existing bus and Odenwaldbahn services have been deemed more cost effective. The study into reopening 3·1 km of the Gersprenztalbahn from Reinheim ...

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    BONNsmart contactless ticketing goes live

    2020-09-11T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The initial phase of what the partners say is the first contactless ticketing scheme in Germany has gone live in Bonn. Passengers are able to use contactless bank cards or suitable mobile devices to pay for travel on bus routes SB60 to the airport and ...

  • DB Cargo and VTG formally presented their prototype m² wagon in Berlin on September 7.
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    Modular wagon concept launched

    2020-09-09T13:07:00Z

    GERMANY: Following an 18 month development programme and several months of test running, DB Cargo and VTG formally presented their prototype m² wagon in Berlin on September 7. As with similar concepts under development in Austria and Switzerland, the m 2 ...

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    Flexity tram unveiled in Duisburg

    2020-09-08T11:37:00Z

    GERMANY: The first of 47 Flexity Classic trams being supplied to Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft by Bombardier Transportation has been delivered to DVG’s Grunewald depot for testing ahead of entry into revenue service.

  • DB Cargo has awarded Siemens Mobility a framework contract for the supply of up to 400 Vectron Dual Mode electro-diesel locomotives
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    DB Cargo awards framework agreement for 400 electro-diesel locos

    2020-09-08T11:16:00Z

    GERMANY: DB Cargo has awarded Siemens Mobility a framework contract for the supply of up to 400 Vectron Dual Mode electro-diesel locomotives, which would be delivered in a number of variants to meet the national freight operator’s particular needs. Siemens Mobility said the agreement announced ...

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    Increasing capacity west of Spandau

    2020-09-03T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The Länder of Berlin and Brandenburg have signed an agreement with Deutsche Bahn to finance studies for a project to increase capacity on the 23 km Spandau – Nauen section of the Berlin – Hamburg corridor, including a proposed extension of the Berlin S-Bahn to ...

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    Covid-19 aid package unfair, say independent operators

    2020-09-02T12:44:00Z

    GERMANY: Financial aid earmarked for national operator Deutsche Bahn in the form of a €5bn equity increase as compensation for the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic constitutes unfair state aid under European Union law, according to Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen, an association of around 60 independent rail freight ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has launched a programme to test digital automatic couplings in live freight traffic.
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    Digital coupler ‘opens door to automation’

    2020-09-02T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has launched a programme to test digital automatic couplings in live freight traffic. Speaking during a demonstration of prototype couplers at the DB Systemtechnik Minden research facility on August 31, Sabina Jeschke, DB’s Board Member for Digitalisation Technology, said that the ...

  • Susanna Karawanskij, State Secretary at the Thüringen Ministry of Infrastructure, hands over the Land's notification of funding for the order
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    Jena orders Stadler trams

    2020-08-28T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Jena’s municipal transport operator Jenaer Nahverkehr has awarded Stadler a contract to supply 24 trams and maintain them for 24 years, with an option for up to 19 more vehicles and a further eight years of maintenance. Susanna Karawanskij, State Secretary at the Thüringen Ministry ...

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    FlixTrain expands as refurbished coaches arrive

    2020-08-19T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Open access operator FlixTrain was able to step up its low-cost services on August 13, when a fourth set of refurbished coaches was put into operation on its Hamburg – Köln route, and is now lengthening trains as additional vehicles arrive.

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    Go-Ahead receives Bayern operating licence

    2020-08-18T12:56:00Z

    GERMANY: Bayern’s Ministry for the Interior, Building Transport has granted the Go-Ahead Bayern subsidiary of the UK’s Go-Ahead Group a train operator’s licence. ‘A very important step has been taken’, said Go-Ahead Bayern Commercial Director Bastian Goßner on August 17. ‘We are on the ...