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Hamburg-Cologne-Express by shenanigan87 Hamburg-Cologne-Express by shenanigan87
This is the Hamburg-Köln-Express or HKX for short, a new non-DB train that first ran on the 23rd of July this year. As the name suggests, it travels between Cologne and Hamburg every day, for five cents per Kilometer, which comes down to 20€ per trip. If you book a return ticket, you get 10% off that, so it's 36€ for an 800 kilometer round trip. Quite cheap! The trains are operated by Veolia, with HKX providing the rest of the staff.

As you can see, the rolling stock is also quite interesting, with this train consisting of married-pair carriages that belong to the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn. Since those are usually found near the coast, it's quite an interesting sight in my part of the country. The name married-pair stems from the fact that two cars are permanently coupled, with the technical features dictating a minium train lenght of four cars. The locomotive is of course the well known Taurus, with the ones used by HKX having been leased from MRCE Dispolok. There is another train consisting of four refurbished 1960s Rheingold cars, sandwiched between two Tauri! Talk about overpowered trains...

This then is HKX 1802, heading from Hamburg to Cologne, less than ten minutes from its final destination. Photo taken today in Langenfeld.


My thoughts: Apart from offering a properly cheap way of getting to Hamburg for people like me who don't own a BahnCard, this train also provides a speck of colour in the red-white world of DB trains. Especially now, with the 103s out of commission and 110s getting rare, trains like these are what keep me from giving up on railfanning.
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Running on the left line for any special reason? Another nice capture! Also, would love to see a photo of that awesome consist of 4 refurbished 1960s Rheingold cars with top and tail of Taurus. :D That's indeed an interesting overpowered train! :lol:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll send you a PM in a Minute! :)

It's actually running on the correct side, the rail on the left is for the S-Bahn, which is single-track in this section, while the two righthand rails are for long distance trains.
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Ahh, thanks for explaining! And for the PM as well. ;)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! :)
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Ich wollte die ganze Zeit mal eine Review von dem Zug schreiben, bin vor ein paar Wochen mal spaßeshalber damit gefahren (der mit den alten Rheingoldwagen). Vielleicht morgen…

Ein Punkt, der mich schon länger wundert: Married-Pair Wagen, immer zwei davon, okay. Aber sind das in diesem Zug nicht exakt fünf?
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Davon hatte ich auch ein Bild gemacht, empfand es aber nicht als dA würdig (jaja, Ansprüche). Ich werd auf jeden Fall in Zukunft mal damit fahren, möchte iwann mal nach Hamburg, und das Teil ist doch tatsächlich billiger als mein Sparmobil.

Ja, genau das hatte ich mich auch gefragt, und habe bisher auch keine logische Antwort finden können...
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Also mir gefiel der Zug nicht. Abgesehen vom fragwürdigen Farbschema: Die Türen gehen sehr, sehr schwer, es gibt keine Steckdosen und nicht mal richtige Tische. Das ist für Laptops eher schlecht.

Der Rest war aber okay.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sind die Türen zu schwer bist du zu schwach! :lol:

Das gilt dann aber nur für die uralt-Wagen aus den 60ern. In den NOB Dingern war ich aber selber nicht drin, daher keine Ahnung was da so los ist.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Die Zugbegleiter haben die Türen teilweise nicht aufgekriegt.

Klar, bei den NOB-Wagen sollte es besser gehen. Wie die innen aussehen, habe ich aber auch nicht die geringste Ahnung. Die fahren ja nur am Wochenende.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sogar die Zugbebleiter sind zu schwach... Verweichlichte Gesellschaft!

Ach so, das wusste ich nicht. Hab bisher nur gesehen, dass es die zwei Zugpaare gibt, mehr nicht. Verstehe aber auch nicht so ganz, warum die für vier Wagen zwei Tauri brauchen.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Photographer
Weil sie in Köln keinen guten Ort haben, um umzusetzen, und keine Steuerwagen. Wieso beide Tauri an sind (Stromabnehmer oben) kann ich aber nicht sagen.

Damit ist er aber meines Wissens der Reisezug mit der zweit- oder drittstärksten Motorisierung in Deutschland. Darüber liegen nur ein ICE 3 in Doppeltraktion und vielleicht noch die TGVs in Doppeltraktion (ich weiß nicht ob die in Deutschland in Doppeltraktion zugelassen sind).
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Nice shot and lighting buddy!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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masker-of-disguise Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Funny that you have Veolia in Germany now too! We were in the US and saw a container for waste outside a building that had the Veolia sign on it, and in France, so many things have Veolia on it as well.. They're into garbage, water and transportation...
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Veolia is actually a big player in Germany, second largest privately owned rail and bus transport company.
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masker-of-disguise Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
May very well be, it was just the first time I heard of their existence there. Metronoom is also a company like that, right?

I wonder how things will go with Veolia overhere, they are currently running between Maastricht and Kerkrade, but they want the IC from the NS to travel to Aachen instead of having Heerlen as the end.. Veolia runs every 15 minutes on part of the line, I doubt there is room for an Intercity on that line as well....
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Photographer
That plan with the IC to Aachen duplicates the existing Euregiobahn service, but I don't see it as a big problem for Veolia. I think the only section where the trains would run in parallel would be Heerlen-Landgraaf.

The current plan is to actually stop the Euregiobahn to Heerlen and replace it with this new IC. Veolia or their successor would then extend the trains to Kerkrade via a new line (passing the Avantis area) to Aachen. That would of course require new trains. We'll see what happens to these plans.
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masker-of-disguise Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think all we need is patience before they will have all this realized
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Photographer
The latest statement was that this might happen for 2015 or 2016, with a diesel-powered preview service maybe in december 2012. I remain doubtful; over the years, a lot has been promised, and all of it was delayed.
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masker-of-disguise Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They did some work a little while ago on a part of track between Heerlen eh, HBF and "de kissel" at some places we just can't imagine that they would be able to create a double track there though
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Photographer
They are actually planning full double-tracking and electrification between Heerlen and Herzogenrath, but I'm not sure how far along they are.

[link] has an overview over the projects. I have a feeling that you might understand that site better than I do. :D
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Lovely shot mate, I wish them every success!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, I do too! Especially considering that I want to visit Hamburg some day.
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mikopol Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Maybe HKX will force DB to lower tickets prices? :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hopefully... Though one train per day won't take away that much business, but it's a start at least.
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