The Anonymous Widower

Do We Buy More Trains Than The Germans?

I ask this question with respect to the Germans, but I could ask the question with respect to the French, Italians or Spanish.

On my recent trip to Germany, the frequiency seemed to be less than I could expect in a similar route in the UK.

A a simple example, the frequency on the S-Bahn across Berlin, appeared to be very much inferior to London Overground’s East London Line.

There are possible reasons.

  • Our signalling systems have a higher capacity.
  • Train dwell times at stations are less.
  • We have more trains on the route.
  • Politics between Deutsche Bahn and the Local Authority get in the way.

Trains certainly don’t appear to be as frequent in Germany.

March 2, 2018 - Posted by | Transport |


  1. Not sure a comparison of the two cities is valid. Berlin is considerably smaller, DB has been under resourcing local traffic which it is now belatedly addressing. Whereas London has had high levels of spend by TfL, now tailing off. If you are seeking to make comparisons between UK and continent I think examining other British cities with their ‘counterparts’ might be more instructive. However, I’m no expert….!

    Comment by Peter Gilbert | March 2, 2018 | Reply

  2. We also have much higher frequencies on main lines and in cities like Liverpool

    Comment by AnonW | March 2, 2018 | Reply

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