New German long distance passenger trains

October 21, 2015

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A new German long-distance open-access operator called DerSchnellzug (the fast train) has confirmed it will launch the first of three planned services on March 18 2016, three months later than originally planned, although three special trains will run at New Year.

Line D1 will operate from Stuttgart via Heibronn, Würzburg, Kassel, Hannover and Bremen to Hamburg on a route not currently served by German Rail (DB) long-distance services. The service will only operate at weekends to start with, although the objective is to provide trains running three times a day.

DerSchnellzug will not compete with DB on journey time as its trains will serve towns off the mainline network. The company will focus on attractive fares, with special offers to target families for example, and the quality of its on-board service. Fresh food prepared by onboard chef will be served to passengers.

DerSchnellzug plans to launch a second route later in 2016. Line D3 will run on Mondays initially from Stuttgart via Pforzheim, Karlsruhe, Ludwigshafen, Koblenz, and Cologne to Aachen.

David Briginshaw has the complete story for International Railway Journal by clicking here.


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