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Old September 1st, 2014, 01:20 AM   #2361
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I am posting this here as well (also posted this in the international railway thread)

If you can understand German, then you'll find this 30 minute documentary interesting. It's about the ICE service from Frankfurt to Paris, following the driver, two conductors (a German and a Frenchman) , the caterers and information about the preparations etc...

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Old September 7th, 2014, 09:59 PM   #2362
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I don´t understand german that well but is it correctly understanded that they have skipped the 2+1 solution between Lübeck and Puttgarden with the socalled 2+0 solution instead?
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Old September 17th, 2014, 10:49 AM   #2363
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Old September 26th, 2014, 09:44 PM   #2364
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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:13 PM   #2365
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From Railway Gazette:

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DB and Schleswig-Holstein plan new line to reach Fehmarn Belt tunnel
07 Oct 2014


With bores for both road and rail traffic, the 18 km Fehmarn Belt tunnel between Germany and Denmark is scheduled to open in 2021

GERMANY: Under a letter of intent signed by Schleswig-Holstein’s Minster for Transport, Economy, Labour & Technology, Reinhard Meyer, and DB Netz CEO Frank Sennhenn a double-track electrified line on a new alignment would be built between Lübeck and Puttgarden to serve the Fehmarn Belt tunnel, due to open in 2021.

The letter of intent supports a treaty agreement between the Danish and German governments signed in 2008 committing both countries to enhance transport links on either side of the Fehmarn strait. DB Netz says that when the new line is completed, the existing single-track route would be decommissioned, enabling rail traffic to be routed away from the centre of several small towns along the route, including Ratekau, Grossenbrode and Sierksdorf. Nevertheless, the letter incudes a commitment to retain a local passenger service between Lübeck and Puttgarden via the new alignment

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Old October 9th, 2014, 03:23 PM   #2366
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I saw the news in the danish media today.


But i have to rephrase my guestion from the danish subforum.


The old plan was to install electrification on the old line when the tunnel opens in 2021 and then build out to double track in 2027,
but if the old line will not be in use anymore they have (as I see it) to build the new line before 2021.

Is that correct?


Here is a map of both the current line and the future one.

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Old October 12th, 2014, 11:12 AM   #2367
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Going off on a tangent, I found this gem featuring some fantastic 1990 images of the railway system in the former East Germany at that time.

Although I don't speak German I combined the footage with my powers of common sense to figure out what was going on.

Traffic misery in the GDR 1990 (BR Report 5/17/90 with Friedrich Merz)
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Old October 13th, 2014, 12:44 PM   #2368
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Old October 27th, 2014, 07:29 PM   #2369
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From Rail Journal:

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Work starts on Munich airport northern rail link
Monday, October 27, 2014



GERMAN federal transport minister Mr Alexander Dobrint, Bavarian transport minister Mr Joachim Herrmann, and Dr Volker Kefer, German Rail (DB) board memer for infrastructure and services, formally launched construction of a new rail link to Munich Franz-Jozef Strauss International Airport in groundbreaking ceremony near the Bavarian town of Neufahrn bei Freising on October 27

The 2.3km Neufahrn Curve will branch off the Airport – Neufahrn line between Airport Visitor Park station and Neufahrn, crossing the A92 motorway and curving northeast on an embankment to join the Munich – Regensburg line south of Pulling. The double-track electrified line is due to open in December 2018 and will cut journey times by around 30 minutes for rail passengers travelling to the airport from towns to the north and northeast, such as Freising, Regensburg, Landshut, and Passau.

The €91m project is being jointly financed by the state of Bavaria and the German federal government. DB will pay the state around €10m over a 20-year period through track access charges for using the new link

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Map of planned improvements north of Munich, Neufahrn Curve is in Orange:

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Old November 3rd, 2014, 07:42 PM   #2370
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Tendering underway for German-Czech link
Monday, November 03, 2014


The abandoned line at Selb Plössberg

GERMAN infrastructure manager DB Networks has issued a tender notice for a contract to reinstate the German section of the short cross-border link between Selb, Germany, and Aš in the Czech Republic

The rebuilding of the 7.6km line will include the upgrading of Selb Plössberg and Aš stations, renewal of signalling, and construction of a new bridge over state road 2179 near Erkenreuth. Work on the Czech side of the border is being implemented by Czech infrastructure manager SŽDC.

The project is due to be completed by the end of next year and will enable trains to run direct from the Bavarian town of Hof to Cheb in the Czech Republic
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If anyone should plan to travel by train in Germany in the 96 hours following Thursday 2 am: Don't try! DB's train drivers are going on strike, only 1 in 3 DB trains will apparently run. Germany feels like France right now.
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If anyone should plan to travel by train in Germany in the 96 hours following Thursday 2 am: Don't try! DB's train drivers are going on strike, only 1 in 3 DB trains will apparently run. Germany feels like France right now.
What are their demands?
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Old November 5th, 2014, 02:35 PM   #2373
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What are their demands?
4 days of holiday.
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You know it's sad to see strikes in Germany. I always admired Germany for being a strike-free paradise in contrast to Britain in the 80s.

Have the French hijacked the GDL?
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Strike is a form of democracy, and it's a good way to stand up for your rights. And you won't get shot....
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Old November 5th, 2014, 09:56 PM   #2376
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Sometimes it is, but not when it's as often as in France these days.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 10:07 PM   #2377
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What are their demands?
5% pay rise
4 hours per week hours cut
GDL union wants to represent more DB staff to increase GDL influence with DB

The union leader says he "enjoys the power" of leading the union.

The coach companies probably do too.
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This is really irresponsible, dumb behaviour on the part of the GDL. The only outcome I can see is the eventual demise of the GDL.

(I'm saying that while being totally ignorant of trade union law in Germany I confess.)

As I can't be bothered to do any research right now, can someone tell me, is the leader of the GDL seen as a bit of a tit by most Germans, like Arthur Scargill was in Britain in the 1980s?
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Old November 6th, 2014, 12:40 AM   #2379
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Oh yes, he is.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 09:13 AM   #2380
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Thanks to an unprecedented media campaign yes.
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