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  • TX Logistik locomotive

    TX Logistik completes Exploris acquisition as part of European expansion strategy


    GERMANY: The TX Logistik subsidiary of FS Group’s Mercitalia Logistics has finalised the acquisition of Exploris Deutschland Holding GmbH and its Via Cargo, HSL Logistik and Delta Rail subsidiaries. This makes the Italian state railway group company the second largest rail freight operator in Germany, behind ...

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    Metro Report International

    Rostock tram extension plans to be developed


    GERMANY: The city of Rostock has selected a western alignment as its preferred option for a proposed tramway extension from Zoo to Reutershagen. An eastern variant was also under consideration before the decision on November 15. Reutershagen has around 18 000 ...

  • Mireo Smart  EMU (Photo Siemens Mobility)

    Multiple-unit with an 18-month delivery time unveiled


    GERMANY: Siemens Mobility has unveiled its first Mireo Smart multiple-unit. This has been developed to offer an affordable price and a short delivery time, with a train able to be in service with a regional or commuter rail operator within 18 months of an order being ...

  • A badger (Photo: Pexels/Leo Sam)

    Set back as badgers undermine 11 km of railway


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn reports that burrowing badgers have undermined about 11 km of embankment on the Fröndenberg – Unna railway, and repairs are likely to be very expensive and take a long time as the damage is more extensive than expected. In some places the repairs ...

  • stadler is preparing locomotives for etcs

    Tackling an ETCS retrofitting bottleneck


    GERMANY: Stadler says it is now set up to help accelerate the roll-out of ETCS, after its AngelStar joint venture with MerMec completed the first retrofit of its Guardia equipment to another manufacturer’s locomotive without the involvement of the original supplier. Two of DB Cargo’s Bombardier ...

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    In depth

    Light rail: Multifunctional sensors support tram expansion


    Component supplier Lenord+Bauer has worked with Siemens and operator BSAG to develop a compact sensor to support the launch of tram operations over a freight railway in Bremen.

  • FEG service RB82 from Freiberg to Holzhau (Photo VMS, Brumm)

    Freiberg – Holzhau operating contract awarded


    GERMANY: Mittelsachsen transport authority VMS has awarded incumbent Freiberger Eisenbahn a new contact to continue to operate passenger services RB82 from Freiberg to Holzhau. The contract with Transdev subsidiary FEG runs from June 2024 to December 2036 and will include efforts to increase tourist traffic ...

  • ICE 3neo new interior (Photo Deutsche Bahn) (5)

    ICE 3neo interior offers ‘living room atmosphere and comfort at 300 km/h’


    GERMANY: The first of Deutsche Bahn’s ICE 3neo high speed trainsets to be fitted with a redesigned interior has entered passenger service. Siemens Mobility is supplying DB Fernverkehr with a total of 90 ICE3neo trainsets. The first 16 which began entering service from December 2022 have ...

  • Schleswig-Holstein photos Stadler (2)

    Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units enter service


    GERMANY: The first of the Stadler Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units ordered by Schleswig-Holstein transport authority NAH.SH have entered revenue service with operator Erixx Holstein. ‘We are taking a huge step towards zero-emission local transport with the 55 battery trains that will run on 11 lines in ...

  • Garching Mayor Dr Dietmar Gruchmann and District Administrator Christoph Göbel sign the purchase agreement (Photo Landkries Muenchen)
    Metro Report International

    Section of München U-Bahn changes hands


    GERMANY: München Landkreis, a district authority representing several boroughs in and around the city, has bought the outer section of U-Bahn Line U6 between Fröttmaning and Garching Forschungszentrum from Garching municipality for €30m. Landkreis Administrator Christoph Göbel said U6 is of great importance to the area, ...

  • Alpha Trains Stadler EURO9000 contract signing (Photo Alpha Trains)

    German federal funding for electro-diesel locomotive order


    GERMANY: Leasing company Alpha Trains has placed its first order for Stadler Euro9000 six-axle multi-system electro-diesel locomotives, supported by €15m of funding from the Federal Ministry for Digital & Transport. The 12 locos will be built at Stadler’s Valencia factory for delivery in 2025-26. The federal ...

  • Franken-Thüringen-Express Siemens Mobility Desiro HS EMU (Photo Hans-Martin Issler, DB) (4)

    Franken-Thüringen-Express EMUs ready for service


    GERMANY: The first of 26 Desiro HC partly double-deck electric multiple-units ordered for use on Franken-Thüringen-Express services has been unveiled by Bayern railway agency BEG, train operator DB Regio Bayern and manufacturer Siemens Mobility. The Länder of Bayern and Thüringen have awarded the DB subsidiary a ...

  • Arriva Stadler Wink multiple-unit in the Netherlands

    Deutsche Bahn to sell Arriva Group to I Squared


    EUROPE: German national railway Deutsche Bahn has signed an agreement to sell the whole of Arriva Group to infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital. The transaction announced on October 19 is expected to complete in 2024, subject to customary closing conditions including the approval of the ...

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    In depth

    Research: Developing a data interface standard


    The IDX4rail research initiative aims to create an open-source data converter to mitigate the challenge of differing interface standards for data transfer in the German urban and main line rail sectors.

  • Track

    Brandenburg operating contract awarded


    GERMANY: Berlin-Brandenburg transport authority VBB has awarded incumbent Hanseatische Eisenbahn a contract to operate two local passenger services. The contract covers the operation of 0·256 million train-km/year on services RB73 Neustadt (Dosse) – Pritzwalk and RB74 Meyenburg – Pritzwalk West. Following a call for tenders, the ...

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    In depth

    Germany: A digital platform to manage freight flows


    Having raised €3·6m in an investment round earlier this year, German company Rail-Flow is growing its range of digital tools to ease access to rail freight services.

  • Go-Ahead EMU in Bayern (Photo Go-Ahead Group)

    Go-Ahead sells German rail business to ÖBB


    GERMANY: Go-Ahead Group has agreed to sell its German rail business to Austrian Federal Railways’ passenger division ÖBB-Personenverkehr, and is looking at options for the future of its Norwegian activities. Managing Director of Go-Ahead Deutschland Fabian Amini said ÖBB ‘has a good reputation in Germany’. The ...

  • Eurostar Thalys merger brand reveal (2)

    CEO sets out how the merged Eurostar business aims to go further


    EUROPE: ‘We are opening a new chapter of the Eurostar story’ with ‘our most loyal customers as the main characters’, Eurostar CEO Gwendoline Cazenave said at an event on October 9 marking the launch of an international marketing campaign following the completion of the merger with Thalys.

  • The Greater Braunschweig regional transport association has ordered five more Alstom Coradia Continental electric multiple-units

    EMUs ordered to support ENNO capacity increase


    GERMANY: The Greater Braunschweig regional transport association has ordered five more Alstom Coradia Continental electric multiple-units to increase capacity on Elektro-Netz Niedersachsen-Ost services.

  • Coradia Stream High Capacity

    German train order increased to enable cross-border service


    GERMANY: Schleswig-Holstein transport authority NAH.SH has increased the size of an order for electric multiple-units, after Denmark approved financial support which will enable services to be extended across the border to Tinglev.