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Old March 4th, 2014, 10:52 PM   #2061
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Old March 5th, 2014, 01:29 PM   #2062
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Old March 11th, 2014, 12:51 PM   #2063
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Old March 11th, 2014, 02:59 PM   #2064
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First blast for the Falkenberg tunnel
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GERMANY: Construction of the 2·6 km Falkenberg tunnel as part of the upgrade of the Hanau - Aschaffenburg - Würzburg corridor was ceremonially launched on March 6 with a first blast triggered by Gerswid Herrmann, wife of Bayern transport minister Joachim Herrmann.

The twin-bore tunnel is the longest of three mined tunnels and one cut-and-cover tunnel which are being built as part of an 8 km cut-off under construction between Laufach and Heigenbrucken. This will replace the existing alignment through the 160 year old 926 m long Schwarzkopf tunnel around 500 m further north.

The new flatter alignment is scheduled to open in 2017, enabling line speeds on the busy corridor to be increased from 70 km/h to 150 km/h and removing the need for banking locomotives on freight trains.
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Old March 14th, 2014, 05:24 PM   #2065
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Wendling-Ulm on track

Deutsche Bahn reported positively about its work on Stuttgart-Wendling-Ulm HSR. 4000 m of tunnels have already been dug between Ulm and Wendling, 400 m within Stuttgart city limits. Costs have been 10% less than expected. 3 new tunnels will be started in the coming months. The constructors are stilling awaiting permission on some sections subject to revision, but report that negotiations are ongoing in a constructive atmosphere and they hope to have all missing permissions by early 2015. The HSR could then commence operations in 2021. Wendling-Ulm is to increase speeds between Stuttgart and Munich, a part of the corridor Paris-Stuttgart-Munich-Vienna-Budapest.
(Summary of a German report on DMM website)
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Old March 14th, 2014, 05:57 PM   #2066
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What about the above-ground and station works?
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Old March 14th, 2014, 06:40 PM   #2067
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What about the above-ground and station works?
Others could know everything, but personally I recomend you to subscribe to S21Bau.TV Youtube channel - it has some very interesting construction videos
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Old March 16th, 2014, 04:12 PM   #2068
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Old March 19th, 2014, 11:03 AM   #2069
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DB signs agreement for Münster redevelopment
18 Mar, 2014


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Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the city of Münster have signed an urban development contract to begin the refurbishment of the city’s main rail station.

Work is set to begin on a new concourse this autumn ahead of a 2016 completion.

The city of Münster will contribute €5 million to the project
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Old March 20th, 2014, 10:17 PM   #2070
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DB orders S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland EMUs
20 Mar 2014

GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn placed a €146m contract for 29 Bombardier Talent 2 electric multiple-units on March 20, the 13th firm order under a €1bn framework agreed in 2007.

The 19 three-car and 10 five-car EMUs are to be manufactured at Bombardier's Hennigsdorf site. They are due to enter service from autumn 2016 on S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland services from Halle and Gaschwitz, running through the Leipzig City-Tunnel to Dessau and Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

Bombardier said the air-conditioned EMUs would offer 'seats with generous spacing and roomy multi-purpose compartments for bicycle transport', as well as a group seating area for up to 14 passengers. They will have in-car CCTV, real-time passenger information displays and an accessible toilet.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 10:21 PM   #2071
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Mittelsachsen transport authority orders own EMUs
02 Apr 2014



GERMANY: Transport authority Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen has awarded Alstom a €150m contract to supply 29 Coradia Continental 160 km/h electric multiple-units and maintain them for 16 years.

The EMUs are to be built at Alstom's Salzgitter plant and are due to enter service in June 2016 on Elektronetz Mittelsachsen II services to Elsterwerda, Dresden Chemnitz, Zwickau and Hof. Operation of these services is to be put out to tender by the transport authority.

The order placed on March 26 covers 13 three-car units each with a capacity of 320 passengers, and 16 five-car units able to carry up to 520 people. There are options for up to 23 more EMUs. According to Alstom, roof-mounted traction equipment will enable the units to offer a spacious interior, with multi-purpose areas for wheelchairs, bicycles and pushchairs.

As the registered entity in charge of maintenance, Alstom will maintain the new fleet at a facility near Chemnitz
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 01:04 PM   #2072
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Cool photos! Especially last one,amazing. Everything is looking there so inviting and comfortable. Love it. thanks for this.
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The first new Class 430 EMU made by Bombardier/Alstom was presented yesterday in Frankfurt.

DB Regio Hesse has ordered 91 of these trains for 500 million €uro.
They will be used on the S-Bahn network of the Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region.

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Old April 15th, 2014, 09:20 AM   #2074
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Obviously, new competition by coach lines hurts Deutsche Bahn intercity services. Today, they bring back the Interregio as a low-cost long-distance alternative on Hamburg - Berlin line (19,90 EUR one-way): http://www.sueddeutsche.de/reise/rei...egio-1.1937492
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Are they reducing ICE services or just adding more?
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Old April 15th, 2014, 09:18 PM   #2076
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Adding more, I think. This IR doesn't really compete with ICEs which take half the time and four time the money.
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Adding more, I think. This IR doesn't really compete with ICEs which take half the time and four time the money.
you can buy ICE fares to Hamburg for as little as 19, can't you?
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Old April 15th, 2014, 10:07 PM   #2078
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Only if you book early enough, there's only a limited number of tickets available with the lowest prices.

These new IRE trains will have fixed low prices, it will be interesting for last minute travelers. And also for families and groups since the Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket can be used in these trains.

There's only 1 return trip per day, it's not like it's going to be that much competition to the ICE for now.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 10:30 PM   #2079
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ICE might consider lowering their prices. It might actually pay off with significantly higher ridership (it did in Spain). Right now I think ICE's are more expensive than analogous services elsewhere in Europe.
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ICE does not really have a problem with low passenger numbers. As long as the new sets (ICX) are not introduced, trains will continue to be fairly full. I believe the intercity buses are rather drawing customers away from the Regionalexpress, which some people ride across the country on SchöneWochenendTicket (although that fare is not as attractive as it used to be).
DB could experiment by offering some cheaper starting fares for ICEs, or rather come up with some low-cost sub-company to operate more trains like this IR for people for whom price is more important than speed. DB cannot afford to compete with its ICE, mainly targeting middle-class long-distance commuters and business people, against the intercity bus companies.
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