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The collapse of rail freight transport in Germany? It wasn't a lack of electricity that was to blame, but a fault in the wiring!

The collapse of rail freight transport in Germany? It wasn't a lack of electricity that was to blame, but a fault in the wiring!
photo: DB press materials/The collapse of rail freight transport in Germany? It wasn't a lack of electricity that was to blame, but a fault in the wiring!
31 / 03 / 2022

A week ago, German rail network operator DB Netze had to shut down all freight trains in Germany. Freight trains were stopped in many places for several hours. The information was confirmed on the DB Netze operating map. Passenger services were not affected by the outage. Initially, it seemed that the shutdown of freight trains was due to a lack of electricity, but the real reason was a fault in the maintenance of the traction system.

The cause is a lack of electricity

DB Netze mentioned a lack of electricity supply from sister company DB Energie. As a result of the lack of supply, the company's manager had to prioritise some trains over others. However, the company has assured the public that trains have been stopped at appropriate points on the rail network. In the meantime, the electricity supply was restored, and the trains could operate again.

The power cuts and the consequent restrictions on rail services occurred mainly in the northern Germany area along the North-South corridor on the Hannover-Frankfurt/Würzburg route. There were also outages in the Bavaria areas and on the Koblenz-Trevir route.

What was the real story?

A press release from the European Association of Rail Freight stated that the cause of the outage was a fault in the maintenance of the traction system and a related power failure. This information for the server

TBZ-info.cz was confirmed by a Deutsche Bahn spokeswoman. "On the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, technical difficulties occurred during planned maintenance. To maintain the stability of the network, it was necessary to temporarily limit the operation of some trains. The fault was resolved in less than two hours, after which trains started running again," she said.

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