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Deutsche Bahn to begin Frankfurt-Cologne high-speed service Aug. 1


Travel time between Frankfurt and Cologne, Germany, will be cut in half to one hour Aug. 1 when German railroad Deutsche Bahn (DB) begins service on its new $6 billion, 186-mph line, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) announced July 23.

Initially, 54 third-generation InterCity Express (ICE 3) trains will provide hourly shuttle service between Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof central station via FRA’s AIRail Terminal long-distance train station to downtown Cologne and back. Trains also are scheduled to stop at Siegburg/Bonn, Montabur and Limburg-Sud.

DB plans to put additional ICE 3 and some renovated ICE 2 trainsets into use as passenger demand increases. By Dec. 15, the national railway plans to have the new line completely integrated into Germany’s rail network with nine trains stopping per hour and per direction at FRA.

Seven ICE lines would be available from FRA to additional points within Germany as well as Basel, Switzerland; Amsterdam, Holland; and Brussels, Belgium. Two non-high-speed IC lines would connect Hamburg and Vienna, and Wiesbaden and Munich.

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