A Series of Defects: German Rail's Growing Image Problem

A Series of Defects: German Rail's Growing Image Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2010

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. more...

Heatwave Grips Europe: Germany Swelters Amid Soaring Temperatures

Heatwave Grips Europe: Germany Swelters Amid Soaring Temperatures

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2010

More than 40 train passengers needed medical treatment for dehydration in Germany this weekend after the air conditioning broke down. The railway apologized for the fault which affected several of its high-speed ICE trains as Europe gasped under temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius. more...


Frozen in ICE: How Can Germany's High-Speed Trains Get Back on Track?

Frozen in ICE: How Can Germany's High-Speed Trains Get Back on Track?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 10, 2010

German ICE trains still underperform their zappy French TGV counterparts. Deutsche Bahn hopes its new high-speed train will improve Germany's record -- but old tracks and complex networks may put the brakes on the plan. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

All Aboard: Siemens and Deutsche Bahn Plan US High-Speed Rail Offensive

All Aboard: Siemens and Deutsche Bahn Plan US High-Speed Rail Offensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2009

German engineering giant Siemens and national railway operator Deutsche Bahn are making plans to penetrate the US rail market. They hope to benefit from President Obama's promised $8 billion in investments in the country's high-speed railway infrastructure. more...


High-Speed Trains: German Rail Hit by Delays Due to Safety Checks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2008

Germany's high-speed ICE trains are packed and behind schedule these days. The reason? Increased safety checks on axles that came under suspicion after a July derailment. more...

High-Speed Rail Accident: Prosecutors Open Investigation into Derailed Train

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2008

Public prosecutors have opened an investigation into Deutsche Bahn following the derailing of a high-speed passenger train in Cologne on Wednesday. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, evidence exists that wheels or axels may have been damaged earlier. By Barbara Schmid and Frank Dohmen more...


Molasses-Speed Rail: Why Trains Go a Lot Faster in France than in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2007

Germany's ICE high-speed rail network now includes a connection to Paris. But the critically acclaimed German train, which has become an export succcess, is only able to travel at high speeds once it crosses the border into France. By Christian Wüst more...