Lack of electricity stops freight trains in parts of Germany

Siemens Vectron locomotives in DB Cargo livery. Credit: SiemensSiemens Vectron locomotives in DB Cargo livery. Credit: Siemens

Freight trains could not be operated for 2 hours.

Several regions are affected by the restrictions and German railways have experienced a situation the carriers are not used to with the exception of vis maior.

Due to lack of electricity, network manager DB Netze has stopped electric freight trains in large parts of Germany. Passenger services continued to run.

This follows from a notice sent to freight carriers by DB Netze and available to The reason, according to DB Netze, is insufficient power supply to the traction system. Czech carriers are also affected Germany, which is gradually phasing out nuclear and thermal power plants, is thus experiencing a situation where it is unable to meet all the demand for transport which the government prefers as environmentally friendly.

The limitations were particularly acute in the north and center of the country, namely the state of Schleswig-Holstein and the Hamburg–Hannover–Bremen, Hannover–Kassel/Bebra and Wunstorf–Hannover–Lehrte lines. From 7 a.m., freight trains were also not running in Bavaria.

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