by Keri Allan
14 Oct 2021
Suppliers Siemens Mobility
The world’s first self-operating train, the digital S-Bahn, has made its first run at the opening of the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITS) in Hamburg.
During the event, four digital S-Bahn trains will operate – automatically – along the 23-kilometere section of S-Bahn Line 21 between the Berliner Tor and Bergedorf/Aumühle stations.
A driver remains on the train to supervise the journey while passengers are on board, however the trains are fully automated, receiving control signals via radio, and can undertake shunting without the need for human staff.
Developed by Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Siemens Mobility, 60 million euros (69.43m USD) were invested into Digital S-Bahn Hamburg as part of DB’s Digital Rail Germany project.
The automatic train enables operators to transport 30 percent more passengers, save more than 30 percent of energy, and dramatically improve punctuality.
Since it features open interfaces, it can immediately be used by operators across the world for all types of trains Dr Roland Busch, Siemens’ CEO, said at the event.
“We're experiencing the true turn of an era: the railroad has arrived in the digital future and Digital Rail Germany has become a reality. With automated rail operations, we can offer our passengers a significantly expanded, more reliable and therefore improved service – without having to lay a single kilometre of new track.
“It’s our goal to make rail transport attractive to ever-larger numbers of people, which is the only way we can achieve the mobility transition.”
The four digital S-Bahn trains will provide regular passenger services in Hamburg from the start of December.
Plans to digitalise the whole of Hamburg’s S-Bahn entire system before 2030 are already under way, with investments in trains and infrastructure are being made. The technology is planned for use nationwide on regional and mainline rail systems.
DB has begun construction of its new Cottbus railway depot in Lausitz, which will support the region's move towards more sustainable jobs.
Alstom has signed a contract to supply 130 Coradia Stream High Capacity electric double-decker trains to SFBW in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Siemens Mobility have unveiled elements of their newly developed complete hydrogen system for rail.
Stadtwerke München and Munich Transport Company have taken delivery of the first of 22 type C2 metro trains of the third delivery series.
Deutsche Bahn has published its Noise Protection Balance Sheet for 2021, which highlights the advancements made in noise abatement.
The Bundeskartellamt has accused Deutsche Bahn of an abuse of power that could hinder the growth of mobility platforms.
Siemens Mobility has announced plans to move its Berlin development and production site to a new 26,420 square metre facility in Aldershof.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has been able to reduce its residual expenditure on expansion projects by half a billion euros.
The DZSF has commissioned a project to determine the need for adjustment to regulations governing condition-based maintenance.
Vodafone has signed an agreement with Deutsche Bahn to close any remaining gaps in the operator's network on rail routes across Germany.
DB Regio has ordered 29 Coradia Stream high-capacity units from Alstom for use on the Frankfurt–Fulda–Bebra and Frankfurt–Wächtersbach lines.
DB expects a positive operating result in the current financial year, with sales predicted to hit over 48 billion euros (53bn USD) in 2022
Stadler has received an order for 19 Citylink fully electric tram-trains from the Chemnitz transport authority.
Bayerische Regiobahn has signed a leasing contract for a Siemens Mobility two-car hydrogen-powered trainset.
DB's new freight car, the 'm2' ('m-squared'), has successfully completed all approval procedures, making it ready for series production.
Deutsche Bahn has announced it will be constructing overhead line 'islands' in Germany to allow battery trains to operate in the country.
DB Regio has unveiled one of the first Desiro railcars it’s redesigned for the Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (VVO) transport association.
Ronald Pofalla, Deutsche Bahn's director of infrastructure, has announced his resignation from the company at the end of April.
Stadler has signed a contract with Regionalverkehre Start Deutschland (start) to deliver 20 FLIRT trains for use on the Maas-Wupper network.
Stadler has received an order for 14 FLIRT Akku trains from DB Regio. This is its third contract for battery-operated vehicles in Germany.
Two S-Bahn trains have collided near the Ebenhausen-Schäftlarn S-Bahn station in the south of Munich, Germany.
The EC has opened an investigation into whether certain German support measures in favour of DB Cargo are in line with EU state aid rules.
Hitachi Rail has successfully adapted its digital interlocking product to meet German specifications and standards.
A research contract has been agreed to introduce hydrogen-powered trains on the Heidekrautbahn in the states of Berlin and Brandenburg.
Deutsche Bahn has ordered an additional 43 ICE 3neo trains from Siemens Mobility, adding to the previous order of 30 units.
Deutsche Bahn will begin testing Alstom’s battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) on DB Regio passenger services from next week.
A transitional timetable for lines previously operated by Abellio ensures regional rail passenger services continue to function reliably.
Rail freight revolution: A train equipped with digital automatic couplers had departed on a practical test journey in Germany.
Stadler has won a contract worth up to €4bn to supply a consortium of six transport companies with up to 504 CITYLINK tram-train vehicles.
An (MoU)has been signed between DB and five federal states to improve rail infrastructure and expand services across northern Germany.
DB Regio has ordered 17 Coradia Stream electric multiple units for the Main-Weser subnetwork between Frankfurt, Giessen, Marburg and Kassel.
Over 1,000 stations across Germany were renovated last year as part of Deutsche Bahn’s modernisation programme.
Stadler enters the Guinness Book of Records for the longest range travelled by a train in battery-only mode.
VGF has awarded the contract for Frankfurt's metro and tram network digital train control system to Siemens Mobility.
Following ongoing financial problems, NS-subsidiary Abellio will cease operating in Germany, with concessions awarded to other operators.
Go-Ahead has launched its first services in the German state of Bavaria, following the launch of services in Baden-Württemberg in 2019.
Germany has been referred to the EU Court of Justice regarding non-compliance with safety and interoperability requirements.
A second track on Homburger Damm north of Frankfurt’s city centre has been put into operation by Deutsche Bahn.
A new DB Cargo subsidiary, DB Cargo Transasia, has been established in Shanghai due to the popularity of the New Silk Road rail route.
Deutsche Bahn is applying new requirements for passengers to carry proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
NEB has ordered 31 two-car, battery-operated Mireo Plus B trains from Siemens Mobility for the new East Brandenburg rail network.
Following severe flooding in Germany in July, Deutsche Bahn has reopened part of the Ahr Valley Railway to passenger traffic again today.
Deutsche Bahn says it is getting into industrial 3D printing in order to make the maintenance of its trains faster and easier.
Germany is lagging behind the rest of Europe when it comes to rail network electrification says Allianz pro Schiene.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is training dogs to detect protected species in order to speed up construction projects.
Siemens Mobility is celebrating a milestone - the 1000th Vectron locomotive has left its site in Munich, Germany, destined for Denmark.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is launching four new everyworks co-working facilities in main stations across Germany.
Trans Regio Deutsche Regionalbahn (Trans Regio) has signed a long-term lease with Alpha Trains for 23 EMU trains.
A joint German-Dutch project to trial the control and remote monitoring of automated freight trains has begun this month.
Deutsche Post DHL and Deutsche Bahn are expanding their partnership with new connections that will allow more parcels to travel via rail.
Siemens Mobility has received an order to build 23 four-car Mireo trainsets for rail operator agilis Eisenbahngesellschaft.
Alstom and S-Bahn Hamburg have signed a contract for the delivery of an additional 64 Class 490 S-Bahn trains.
Alstom has conducted a technical demonstration journey of its latest battery-powered train in Saxony, Germany.
A consortium led by Siemens Mobility and ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam has demonstrated its Autonomous Tram in Depot research project.
Siemens Mobility has converted Alpha Trains’ Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH- (ODEG) leased train units from three- to four-car trainsets.
NordWestBahn has modernised the first of its trains ahead of the start of its new regional S-Bahn transport contract
Deutsche Bahn continues to ramp up its green power supply by completing its first cross-border, long-term green electricity contract.
Deutsche Bahn’s new railway works in Cottbus is now set to begin servicing ICE trains in 2024 – two years earlier than originally planned.
Deutsche Bahn has taken stock after the 2021 floods, saying the damage is of historic proportions and might take years to fix in full.
Siemens Mobility have signed an MoU with the State of Bavaria to begin testing its hydrogen-powered train from mid-2023.
DB has reported significant damage to rail infrastructure in Germany following the extreme storms in Europe last week.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Google are working together to make it even easier to plan and book rail travel using Google Maps.
Deutsche Bahn has launched a feasibility study into the digitalisation options for the busy Cologne rail hub.
Alstom’s Régiolis Crossborder, a hybrid unit, has arrived at Výzkumný Ústav Železniční's test circuit in the Czech Republic.
DB and partners have developed new fibre-optic cables that can be laid directly in the ground without the need for cable troughs.
Alstom and local transport authority MVB have signed a contract for the delivery of Flexity trams and their accompanying spare part supply.
Siemens Mobility and Paribus have signed a framework purchase agreement and full service contract for up to 30 Vectron Dual Mode locomotives.
Germany: A new tunnel and station for long-distance services at Frankfurt has been given the green light by a feasibility study.
CAF has been selected as the preferred bidder for new battery-electric rolling stock for the Niederrhein-Münsterland network in Germany.
This month Transdev and Snälltåget will launch the first trans-European night train linking three capitals: Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin.
Alstom has signed a contract with DB Regio AG to equip BR 423 and BR 430 trains with ETCS Levels 2 and and ATO GoA2 technology.
Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom plan to offer full mobile coverage across all of Germany’s long distance and regional rail routes.
Stadler, who is manufacturing the new metro cars for Berlin's U-Bahn, has partnered with PMC for new lightweight seats.
The CAF Group has secured two new contracts in Germany, further attesting to its commitment to the country.
Deutsche Bahn has brought forward its deadline for achieving climate-neutrality by ten years, with 2040 as the new target date.
Electronic interlocking has now been fully commissioned in Duisburg after the second expansion stage was completed at the end of May.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has celebrated 30 years of ICE traffic in Germany with the christening of the first XXL ICE.
Germany launches its first digital marshalling yard in Munich. DB Cargo is testing numerous technologies to automate marshalling activities.
Alstom and SWEG have signed a framework agreement that will see Alstom provide and maintain locomotives from its rental pool for eight years.
Siemens Mobility and HI ERN have signed an MoU to research use of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology in rail transport.
Alstom has received an order from Hessische Landesbahn GmbH (HLB) to supply 32 Coradia Continental electric multiple units.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Stadler have signed an agreement to develop the first virtual image, or digital twin, of a complete train.
Alstom’s first pre-production Coradia Polyvalent France-Germany cross-border train starts certification and approval tests.
Captrain subsidiary ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft has ordered two Siemens Mobility Vectron dual mode locomotives to be delivered in 2021.
DB Engineering & Consulting has won the tender for constructing part of the line upgrade between Lübeck and Schwerin in Northern Germany.
Deutsche Bahn says that by 2030 half of all residents living close to railway tracks will benefit from efforts to reduce noise pollution.
Austrian Federal Railways and Deutsche Bahn have presented the overall best route for the northern approach to the Brenner Base Tunnel.
After a three-year test period Stadler's FLIRT Akku battery-powered train has demonstrated a range of 185km, exceeding expectations.
Siemens Mobility and VTG Rail Europe will test the Brake Monitoring System which can perform automated brake testing for freight trains.
The German Centre for Rail Transport Research (DZSF) has a positive outlook on its activities during the European Year of Rail.
Train operating company ODEG (Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH) has been awarded the contract to run services on the Ostseeküste II network.
Germany: Siemens Mobility will digitalise Finnentrop interlocking, which controls around 60km of railway line, by the end of 2021.
Alstom will supply 34 Coradia Stream High-Capacity electric multiple units to Lower Saxony, Germany, to enter into service in December 2024.
Deutsche Bahn, the federal government and the state governments will invest a total of 12.7 billion euros in Germany's rail network in 2021.
Stadler Deutschland has contracted Knorr-Bremse to supply the braking, entrance and HVAC systems for the new Berlin metro vehicles.
Deutsche Bahn and SCNF have signed a cooperation agreement on digitalisation and technology to help drive ahead the European rail sector.
Deutsche Bahn's head of digitalisation and technology, Prof. Sabina Jeschke, is leaving the railway company in May 2021.
Škoda Transportation has won a contract to supply 24 trams to two towns and a city in Germany's federal state of Brandenburg.
Germany has suffered some severe winter weather in February, with heavy snowfall across much of the country, affecting the railway too.
Please fill in the contact form opposite. A member of the team will be in touch shortly.