A Series of Defects German Rail's Growing Image Problem

Two years ago, it was broken axles. Last year, it was a dangerous lack of brake maintenance. This summer, air conditioning systems on high-speed ICE trains have shown a tendency to break down. German trains have become notoriously unreliable -- and both passengers and politicians have had enough.
German punctuality isn't what it used to be. Passengers waiting for a delayed train in Dusseldorf.

German punctuality isn't what it used to be. Passengers waiting for a delayed train in Dusseldorf.

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cghWith reporting by Michael Kröger and Anne Seith