Modernising Rescue Trains

Six new rescue trains with modernised locomotives and backed up by a reserve train are foreseen for the tunnels on the Hanover–Würzburg and Würzburg–Mannheim–Stuttgart high-speed lines. With a locomotive at each end of the train they enable persons to be evacuated from a stationary train from tunnels which are not provided with special emergency exits. In spite of the fact that the existing rescue trains in use since 1988 or 1990 have been continuously updated, it was decided in 2012 to acquire new rolling stock. The 14 diesel locomotives for their part are not being replaced but thoroughly...

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