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Germany: Bahn-storming

23 March 2016 | By Ian Hall

The countdown is under way to 20-23 September 2016 when the global rail industry flocks to Berlin Exhibition Grounds for mega trade-fair InnoTrans. Also in the German capital, a clock is ticking on a very similar timescale: and the man hoping for an on-time arrival is Derek Ladewig, founder of…


Open-access between Hamburg and Cologne

11 April 2012 | By Eva Kreienkamp, CEO and Carsten Carstensen, COO, Hamburg-Köln-Express (HKX)

In 2012, the Hamburg-Köln-Express (HKX) will start operations, thus breaking new ground for open-access operators in Germany. With three six-wagon trainsets, HKX will provide space and comfort combined with modern services on the long-distance route between Hamburg and Cologne. Although the railway sector deregulation in Germany started as early as…


Fresh challenges for German railways in the new decade

5 April 2010 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

The economic recession has had a big impact on Germany’s railways – but restructuring of the industry is continuing, albeit at a slower pace. The 2008 credit crunch had a severe effect on manufacturing across Europe, with automobile assembly and construction hard hit. This had knock-on effects on the railways:…