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Long-Distance Trains in Northern Germany Out of Service

Update 4:19 p.m. CEDT:
Problem resolved, trains are moving again. Authorities believe an act of sabotage caused the issue.

Deutsche Bahn says no long-distance trains are operational in all of northern Germany. A technical problem is the reason.

Berlin, October 8th, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) – According to Deutsche Bahn, all long-distance train traffic in northern Germany is affected by a technical issue that occurred on Saturday. It was halted in its entirety.

ICE, IC and EC

In a large part of the Federal Republic, no Intercity Express (ICE), Intercity (IC) or Eurocity (EC) trains are in service right now. It was unclear how long it will take to fix the problem.

This is a major glitch of unprecedented proportions. Sometimes, major storms affect the train traffic in parts of Germany. So do construction projects. But this kind of problem appeared for the first time.

Hamburg, Berlin and Hanover

International routes seem to be affected too, including the one from Berlin to Amsterdam and the one from Hamburg to Copenhagen. Deutsche Bahn says it would give passengers more information as soon as it was available. Obviously, this kind of statement does not help anyone.

Within Germany, the issue is far more substantial. There is no long-distance train traffic from Hamburg to Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Berlin or North Rhine-Westphalia. All ICE trains between Berlin and Hanover were cancelled too.

(This news update was written on the go, on a cell phone.)

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