IN PICTURES: Germany’s Railway Copes with the Snow

Germany, like many other countries, has suffered some extreme winter weather in February, causing transport chaos with roads and railways temporarily closing.

Here’s a look behind the scenes at how Germany’s state-owned railway operator, Deutsche Bahn, has been coping with the snow and ice in order to run services in this severe weather.

Firstly, the tracks have to be cleared of snow:

Snow thrower in the Black Forest
Snow thrower in the Black Forest
Snow thrower at Titisee Station
Snow thrower at Titisee Station
Snow plough BR 751 near Altenbeken
Snow plough BR 751 near Altenbeken
Snow plough at Halle Station
Snow plough at Halle Station

One of the major difficulties in freezing conditions is keeping points ice-free so they can remain functional:

Points around Halle being freed from snow and ice
Points around Halle being freed from snow and ice
Points heaters
Points heaters
Munich Central Station: despite functioning points heaters railway workers have to remove the snow from the points because of the heavy snowfall
Munich Central Station: despite functioning points heaters railway workers have to remove the snow from the points because of the heavy snowfall

Maintenance vehicles have to perform well in this weather too. Such as this one, which maintains overhead line equipment:

Overhead line equipment maintenance vehicle in North-Rhine Westphalia
Overhead line equipment maintenance vehicle in North-Rhine Westphalia

But when everything is working, travelling by train is the best way to enjoy this winter wonderland:

An ICE series 411 in the Haunetal in Hesse
An ICE series 411 in the Haunetal in Hesse

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