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    Test running to start on Ulm – Wendlingen high speed line


    GERMANY: On January 31 Deutsche Bahn will switch on the 15 kV 16∙7 Hz traction power supply over the full length of the 59∙6 km Ulm – Wendlingen Neubaustrecke. This will pave the way for commissioning trials that will culminate with test runs at up to 275 km/h.

  • Vossloh Locomotives DM 20 loco in the Port of Kiel (Image: Thorsten Mischke, Blandine von Ribbeck & Müller Romca Industrial Design)

    DB Cargo places diesel-battery hybrid locomotive order


    GERMANY: DB Cargo has awarded Vossloh Locomotives a framework contract for the supply of 250 diesel-battery hybrid locomotives, with a firm order for an initial 50 to be delivered from 2024. Announcing the order on January 18, Dr Bernd Hoppe, CEO of CRRC ZELC-owned Vossloh Locomotives, ...

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    DB orders 50 more electro-diesel locomotives


    GERMANY: DB Cargo has awarded Siemens Mobility a firm order to supply a further 46 Vectron Dual Mode electro-diesel locomotives, and the DB Bahnbaugruppe infrastructure services business has ordered four. The orders announced on January 18 have been placed under a September ...

  • A consortium of six German and Austrian transport bodies has jointly awarded Stadler a framework contract for the supply and maintenance of up 504 tram-trains
    Metro Report International

    Six operators award joint contract for up to 504 tram-trains


    EUROPE: A consortium of six German and Austrian transport bodies has awarded Stadler a framework contract for the supply and maintenance of up 504 tram-trains worth €4bn, the largest contract in the Swiss company’s history. The VDV TramTrain framework contract was awarded on January 14 by ...

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    Double-deck EMUs ordered for Main-Weser Express


    GERMANY: DB Regio has finalised its order for Alstom to supply high-capacity Coradia Stream electric multiple-units to operate Main-Weser Express services.

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    Battery train fleet financed


    GERMANY: Financing has been put in place for the fleet of battery electric multiple-units ordered to replace diesel multiple-units on regional services in Brandenburg from December 2024. The 31 Siemens Mobility Mireo Plus B BEMUs ordered in 2021 are being bought by leasing company Alpha Trains ...

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    Deutsche Plasser merged with Robel service business


    GERMANY: Deutsche Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH has been merged with the Robel Service & Customer Service business unit to create Plasser Robel Services GmbH with effect from January 1 2022.

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    Metro Report International

    München city council backs tram network expansion


    GERMANY: Two more routes are to be added to the München tram network under a package of public transport investment plans authorised by the city council on December 16. Formal planning approval will now be sought from the Oberbayern regional government for the Westtangente and the ...

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    Keolis finalises Eurobahn sale


    GERMANY: Groupe Keolis has reached agreement to sell its German rail operating business to Team Treuhand GmbH with effect from December 31, the company confirmed on December 23.

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    Metro Report International

    Potsdam orders low-floor trams to ‘strengthen sustainable mobility’


    GERMANY: Potsdam transport operator ViP has awarded Stadler a contract to supply 10 Tramlink trams along with spare parts and 10 years of maintenance services. Deliveries are planned for 2024, taking the city’s fleet of Stadler vehicles to 28 trams. There is an option for a ...

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    More ICE Sprinters offer alternative to flying


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn introduced more limited-stop Sprinter ICE services on long-distance inter-city routes with the timetable change on December 12. Sprinter-branded ICE services now operate on eight domestic routes, while a daily Frankfurt am Main – Paris service calling at Mannheim and Karlsruhe also carries the ...

  • Sachsen tram of the future
    Metro Report International

    ‘Tram of the future’ selected by Sachsen operators


    GERMANY: The LEIWAG consortium of HeiterBlick and Kiepe Electric has been awarded a framework contract to supply up to 155 trams to city transport operators in Leipzig, Zwickau and Görlitz under the ‘Sachsen Tram of the Future’ programme. The contract was signed on December 15, following ...

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    Metro Report International

    Work to start on Pasing U-Bahn extension


    GERMANY: Construction of the western extension of München metro line U5 to Pasing is expected to begin in January, following approval of the formal planning application by the city government on December 15.

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    Green hydrogen plant to support fuel cell train trial


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn and ‘green hydrogen’ production company Lhyfe have signed an agreement to build and operate an electrolyser in Tübingen to support the trial operation of a fuel cell-powered regional train. DB is working with Siemens Mobility on the H2goesRail research project to develop a ...

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    Berlin – Hamburg relaying completed


    GERMANY: Work to relay tracks on the busy Hamburg – Berlin main line via Wittenberge was completed on schedule on December 12, allowing reintroduction of 230 km/h running for inter-city services with timings of around 1 h 45 min between the Hauptbahnhof in each city. The ...

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    Direct awards agreed to replace Abellio’s Nordrhein-Westfalen contracts


    GERMANY: Three local transport authorities in Nordrhein-Westfalen have agreed emergency contracts for DB Regio, National Express and Vias Rail to take over regional passenger services currently operated by Abellio Rail NRW GmbH.

  • Frankfurt U-Bahn (Photo: Siemens Mobility)
    Metro Report International

    Siemens Mobility wins Digital Train Control Frankfurt CBTC contract


    GERMANY: Frankfurt transport operator VGF has selected Siemens Mobility for the Digital Train Control Frankfurt contract to replace the conventional train control systems on its U-Bahn and tram networks with communications-based train control. Wireless digital communications between the control system and the vehicles will enable services ...

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    Metro Report International

    Karlsruhe Kombilösung tram tunnels inaugurated


    GERMANY: The cross-city tram tunnels in Karlsruhe were opened for revenue service on December 11, with Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe operating its first trams through the link from 14:30 and its regional partner Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft starting the following day. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was ...

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    DB and ÖBB selected for Bayern operating contracts


    GERMANY: Bayern railway agency BEG has selected DB Regio and a subsidiary of Austrian Federal Railways for two transitional contracts to operate restructured Expressverkehr Ostbayern passenger services. Following an international tender, BEG announced on December 1 that DB Regio has been selected for Lot 1, which ...

  • Schleswig-Holstein transport authority NAH.SH has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a fleet of Flirt Akku battery-powered multiple-units.

    Battery train supply and operation contract awards completed


    GERMANY: All the contracts are now in place for the financing, supply, maintenance and operation of a large fleet of battery multiple-units for non-electrified routes in Schleswig-Holstein, with the award of the final operating contract following a tendering process which led to a legal challenge. Having ...