Railway Operators in Germany

Passenger (and freight) operating companies

Freight-only operating companies

Track builders and maintenance train operators

Stock leasing companies



DB AG - Deutsche Bahn AG (Die Bahn)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

DBAG has been split up in working companies, that each own their own rolling stock. these companies are: In April 2000 the meaning of DB was officially changed from "Deutsche Bahn" to "Die Bahn", or "The Railway". In September 2003 DB Reise & Touristik was renamed to DB Fernverkehr. A new subsidiary DB Personenverkehr now contains all passenger operations. Night trains (with brand name City Night Line) and the car shuttle Niebüll-Sylt are operated by DB Autozug. in October 2013 DB Autozug was merged into DB Fernverkehr.
Freight traffic is now operated by Stinnes, that uses Railion Deutschland as trading name for all rail freight traffic formerly operated by DB Cargo.

Since January 2008 DB has 3 main subsidiaries:

In 2016 DB Schenker Rail was renamed into DB Cargo (again).

DB Regio has been split again in 43 regional networks. Five of these have already been separated by integrating infrastructure and operation, and the use of dedicated stock. They can be found in a separate section of this stock list. Their names are Erzgebirgsbahn, Kurhessenbahn, Oberweißbacher Berg- und Schwarzatalbahn, SudOstBayernBahn and since the beginning of 2006 WestFrankenBahn.

Also the S-Bahn Berlin and S-Bahn Hamburg are subsidiaries of the DB AG holding company.

In 2013 long-distance travel amounted 130.9 million passengers (-0.3%) and 36.8 billion passenger-km (-1.6%). Regional traffic grew by 2.3% to 1.94 billion passengers and by 0.5% to 44.4 billion passenger-km. DB Schenker freight fell by 2.2% to 390 million tonnes (230 million tonnes in Germany, -7.2%) and by 1.5% to 104.3 billion tonne-km (75 billion tonne-km in Germany, -4.2%).

Websites: http://www.bahn.de/ and http://www.rail.dbschenker.de/

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ABELLIO - ABELLIO GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

ABELLIO used to be known as EVAG-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH. It has been acquired by the Dutch Railways (NS) and is now the international brand for NS passenger services. Abellio has won the tender to operate the lines Gelsenkirchen-Herne-Bochum ("Nokia-Bahn") and Essen-Bochum-Witten-Hagen ("Ruhr-Lenne-Bahn") from December 2005. It has only operated the latter for two years, but the former will continue for 12 years. Since December 2007 ABELLIO also operates passenger trains on the Ruhr-Sieg Network, consisting of the lines Essen-Bochum-Hagen-Siegen (both express and local trains) and Hagen-Iserlohn (local trains).

Since December 2013 Abellio operates passenger trains in the Saale-Thüringen-Südharz area and on "The Müngstener" (Wuppertal Hbf-Remscheid-Solingen) with 9 new "LINT" diesel trainsets.

In 2013 Abellio has won the concessions to operate the Niederrhein Netz (Düsseldorf-Emmerich-Arnhem(NL) and Mönchengladbach-Wesel) from December 2016. New Electric trainsets were ordered for these services. The service to Arnhem in The Netherlands will start from April 2017.

From December 2018 Abellio will operate part of the RRX (Rhein-Ruhr-Express) Network: lines RE1 Aachen-Köln-Essen-Hamm and RE11 Düsseldorf-Essen-Dortmund-Hamm-Kassel. For these services the VRR regional body has ordered new partly double-deck trainsets from Siemens. RE4, RE5 and RE6 will be operated by National Express with the same type of trainsets.

From December 2018 Abellio will operate trains on the Neckartal network around Stuttgart (the Rems-Fils and Franken-Enz network will be operated by Go-Ahead, a new UK-based operator for Germany). From December 2019 Abellio will operate "Los B" of the S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr around Dortmund (S2/S3/S9/RB3/RB40/RB41) for 15 years, with 29 new trainsets type Flirt 3 to be built by Stadler.

Website: http://www.abellio.de/

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ABG - Anhaltische Bahn Gesellschaft mbH

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The ABG operates passenger trains (only 3 days a week) on the line Dessau-Wörlitz, mainly for tourists. They also operate freight trains on the Westeregeln branch and track maintenance trains.

Website: http://www.dwe-web.info/

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Agilis (BeNEX GmbH)

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BeNEX is a subsidiary of the Hamburger Hochbahn and Babcock&Brown, intended for expansion in railway operations outside Hamburg. BeNEX uses the marketing name Agilis. Since December 2010 Agilis operates electric passenger trains on Neumarkt-Regensburg-Plattling and Landshut-Regensburg-Ingolstadt. Since half 2011 Agilis also operates passenger trains on the "Dieselnetz Oberfranken" around Hof and Bayreuth. In December 2011 Ingolstadt-Donauwörth-Ulm (Donautalbahn) was taken over from DB Regio.

Website: http://www.agilis.de/

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AKN - Altona-Kaltenkirchen-Neumünster Eisenbahn AG

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This company operates trains on Hamburg=Eidelstedt-Ulzburg-Neumünbster, Elmshorn-Ulzburg and Ulzburg-Norderstedt Mitte, and freight trains on Tiefstack-Glinde and Hamburg=Bergedorf-Geesthacht. They also operate local freight trains to Hamburg=Eidelstedt, Tornesch and Elmshorn.
Together with HHA AKN has founded NBE, that operates passenger trains on the recently reopened line Neumünster-Bad Oldesloe. Subsidiary Schleswig-Holstein-Bahn operates passenger trains on Büsum-Heide-Neumünster.

Website: http://www.akn.de/

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ALEX - Arriva Länderbahn Express

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Since December 2003 EuroTHURBO and Die Länderbahn (RBG) operated a long-distance service between München and Oberstdorf. Trains are operated by second-hand rebuilt coaches and leased locomotives.
In December 2007 Die Länderbahn has taken over all trains by itself. "ALEX 2" operates express trains on München-Regensburg-Hof/Furth im Wald and also on München-Immenstadt-Oberstdorf/Lindau.
In 2011 Arriva Deutschland was sold to Trenitalia and renamed into Netinera.

Website: http://www.mobil-mit-alex.de/

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AVG - Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH
VBK - Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH (city tram)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

This company operates commuter trains around Karlsruhe, both on own tracks (Hochstetten-Karlsruhe(DB)-Ettlingen-Bad Herrenalb/Ittersbach Rathaus and Bruchsal-Menzingen/Odenheim, taken over from SWEG) and on DB tracks (with dual voltage tram cars). They operate local freight trains to Gaggenau, Gernsbah, Hilpertsau=Obertsrot, Langenbrand=Bermersbach and Ettlingen=West (Mora C). AVG freight traffic amounts for 350,000 tonnes a year.

Websites: http://www.avg.info/ and http://www.kvv.de/

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BKD - Borkumer Kleinbahn und Dampfschiffahrt GmbH

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This company, owned by Reederei "AG Ems", operates narrow gauge trains on the North Sea island Borkum.

Website: http://www.borkumer-kleinbahn.de/

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BLB - BerchtesgadenerLand-Bahn

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Since December 2009 BerchtesgadenerLand-Bahn, a subsidiary of Regentalbahn from Germany and Salzburg AG from Austria, operates the passenger trains on Freilassing-Berchtesgaden in southeastern Germany. New FLIRT EMUs were ordered from Stadler for this service.

In 2011 traffic grew by 7.6% to 904,000 passengers.

Website: http://www.blb.info/

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BLB - Burgenlandbahn GmbH

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In January 1999 this company - a joint venture of DBAG and KEG - has started to operate passenger trains on regional lines in Sachsen-Anhalt. Currently they operate passenger trains on Weißenfels-Zeitz, Naumburg(Saale)-Nebra, Naumburg(Saale)-Zeitz, Merseburg-Schafstädt, Merseburg-Querfurt, Berga-Kelbra-Stolberg(Harz) and Helbra-Klostermansfeld-Wippra. The last line is actually operated by KML for BLB.
After the financial problems of KEG in the beginning of 2004, DBAG took over the KEG share and now owns 100% of this company.

Website: http://www.burgenlandbahn.de/

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BayOB - Bayerische Oberlandbahn GmbH

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This new company has started in May 1999 with services from München to the south: to Lenggries, Tegernsee and Bayrischzell. The service is operated over DBAG tracks and carried out by DEG. To be able to make the new trainsets more reliable, DBAG has taken over all BOB/DEG services from 28 November 1999.
Later, Connex took over DEG and also bought the 50% share from DBAG, such that Connex (in the mean time Veolia) is now 100% owner of the Bayerische Oberlandbahn.

Since December 2013 BayOB will operate passenger trains on the lines München–Rosenheim–Traunstein–Salzburg, München–Rosenheim–Kufstein and Rosenheim–Holzkirchen–München(Mangfalltalbahn) with brand name MERIDIAN. Until 2013 these lines were operated by DB. 35 new trainsets type "Flirt" have been ordered for this service.

Website: http://www.bayerischeoberlandbahn.de/ and http://www.der-meridian.de/

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BOB - Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn GmbH

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This company operates passenger trains Friedrichshafen Hafen-Aulendorf over DB(AG) tracks. For this they use 7 DMUs. The service is actually carried out by the Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG (HzL).

Website: http://www.bob-fn.de/

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BRB - Bayerische Regiobahn GmbH

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Since December 2008/2009 this new subsidiary of Transdev/Veolia Transport operates passenger trains on the diesel network around Augsburg: since December 2008 on Augsburg-Geltendorf-Schongau and since December 2009 also on Augsburg-Ingolstadt-Eichstätt. New LINT41 trainsets were ordered for these services.
From December 2018 BRB will also operate trains on the "Dieselnetz Augsburg 1" network: Augsburg–Bobingen–Buchloe–Füssen, Augsburg–Bobingen–Kaufering–Landsberg(Lech) and München–Geltendorf–Buchloe–Füssen.

Website: http://www.bayerischeregiobahn.de/

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BSB - Breisgau-S-Bahn-Gesellschaft

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company, a joint venture of the Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs-AG (SWEG) and Freiburger Verkehrs-AG (VAG) operates trains on Freiburg-Breisach, Riegel-Endingen-Breisach and Riegel-Gottenheim. From 2002 they will also taken over the services on Freiburg-Elzach.

Website: http://www.breisgau-s-bahn.de/

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BSEG - Brohltal Schmalspur-Eisenbahn Betriebs-GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains with phonolyth rock from Brenk to Brohl, and tourist trains "Vulkan Expreß" between Brohl and Engeln during the summer. Freight services have started in autumn 1998 again, locomotive 1405 is being prepared for this service (currently operated by T 30).

Website: http://www.vulkan-express.de/

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BZB - Bayerische Zugspitzbahn AG

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This company operates passenger trains on Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Grainau - Schneefernerhaus/Zugspitsplatt. The first part up to Grainau is adhesion only, the remainder is rack fitted.

Website: http://www.zugspitze.de/

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Cantus - Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft

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In December 2006 Cantus (a combination of HLB and HHA Hamburger Hochbahn) started operating passenger trains on the Nordost-Hessen-Netz: Göttingen-Eichenberg-Kassel, Kassel-Bebra-Fulda, Bebra-Eisenach and Göttingen-Eschwege-Bebra. In 2014 the concession was won again, until December 2031.

Website: http://www.cantus-bahn.de/

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CB - Centalbahn AG

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Centralbahn mainly organises and operates passenger trains for groups, in cooperation with EK-Verlag GmbH (of railway magazine Eisenbahn Kurier). The head office is located in Basel in Switzerland, but most of the stock is stabled in Freiburg im Breisgau, in southern Germany.

Website: http://www.centralbahn.ch/

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CBC - City Bahn Chemnitz GmbH

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This company operates the city tram in Chemnitz. In May 1998 they took over operation of the line to Stollberg from DBAG. This line is has now been electrified and coupled to the tram network, such that Variobahn tram cars can run into the city. They also took Stollberg-St. Egidien, for which new diesel motor cars were delivered. Since June 2002 one of them operates on Chemnitz-Burgstädt while the other two run since 15-02-2003 on Stollberg-St. Egidien-Glauchau.
From December 2004 CBC also operates passenger trains on Chemnitz-Hainichen (28km), reopened after years of closure. Since 2016 the brand name "Chemnitz Bahn" is used with new dual-mode trams operating to Mittweida, Hainichen and Burgstädt. From December 2018 Thalheim will be added as destination.

Website: http://www.city-bahn.de/

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Chiemseebahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This small company operates tourist trains on Prien(DB) - Hafen Stock, connecting to ships on the Chiemsee. Normally the steam locomotive operates the trains, but in cases of non-availability or off-season the diesel locomotive is used.

Website: http://www.chiemsee-schifffahrt.de/

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DBG - Döllnitzbahn GmbH

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This company operates freight trains only on Oschatz - Mügeln - Kemmlitz and since September 2000 scheduled passenger trains on Altmügeln-Oschatz.
In 2006 a new short branch from Nebitzschen fo Glossen, connecting to an industrial museum narrow gauge line, was opened.

Website: http://www.doellnitzbahn.de/

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Drachenfelsbahn - Bergbahnen im Siebengebirge AG

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This company operates rack trains (only meant for tourists) from Königswinter to Plateau des Drachenfels.

Website: http://www.drachenfelsbahn-koenigswinter.de/

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EB - Erfurter Bahn GmbH

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This company operates freight trains in the industrial areas Erfurt Ost and Erfurt Nord. In 1998 they took over the service on Erfurt - Leinefelde from DBAG. In May 1999 they took over operation of Erfurt - Heiligenstadt and Heiligenstadt - Kassel Wilhelmshöhe from DBAG. Since May 2000 they operate passenger trains on Gotha-Langensalza-Eichenberg- Kassel Wilhelmshöhe and on Erfurt-Langensalza. Since December 2004 they also operate passenger trains on Schweinfurt-Bad Kissingen-Gemünden and Schweinfurt-Meiningen. Since 2006 the company is just called Erfurter Bahn instead of Industriebahn.
From June 2012 to December 2024 EB operates passenger trains on the Dieselnetz Ostthüringen (around Gera, Saalfeld, Jena and Erfurt) with new RegioShuttle diesel motor cars. These services were formerly operated by DB. In December 2013 the lines around Erfurt were lost to DB.

Website: http://erfurter-bahn.com/

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EGB - DBAG Erzgebirgsbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

The Erzgebirgsbahn is one of the regional networks of DBAG, where infrastructure and operation is integrated, and dedicated rolling stock is used.
EGB operates passenger trains on Chemnitz-Aue, Zwickau-Johanngeorgenstadt, Flöha-Neuhausen and Flöha-Annaberg-Bärenstein. Between Chemnitz and Flöha DB Netz tracks are used. Schwarzenberg-Annaberg=Buchholz is only used for transferring empty stock.
In 2006 1.5 million passengers used EGB, about 25% more than in 2006!

Website: http://www.erzgebirgsbahn.de/

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EGP - Eisenbahn Gesellschaft Potsdam mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

This company mainly operated materials for track building, but in Autumn 2006 they took over the freight business of the Prignitzer Eisenbahn, including the Imotrans stock leasing activities. They are now also an open-access freight operator.

At the end of 2008 EGP won the tender to operate passenger trains on the "Kamenzer Netz" (Dresden-Kamenz, Dresden-Königsbrück, Pirna-Sebnitz-Bad Schandau and Heidenau-Altenberg) from December 2010. This network is operated under the name Städtebahn Sachsen.

Since December 2012 EGP operates two passenger train services formerly operated by PEG: Neustadt/Dosse – Kyritz – Pritzwalk and Pritzwalk – Meyenburg using brand name Hanseatische Eisenbahn. From December 2018 they will also operate on Stendal – Rathenow (Linie 34) and Stendal – Tangermünde (Linie 33) using second-hand LINT-27 motor cars class 640 that are currently operated by Transdev in the Harz area.

Website: http://www.eg-potsdam.de/

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Erixx - Erixx GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2011):

In December 2011 Erixx - Der Heidesprinter (formerly known as Heidekreuzbahn) took over the operation of passenger trains on Hannover-Buchholz and Bremen-Uelzen from DB Regio. They use 27 new LINT trainsets provided by the province (LNVG). Erixx is a subsidiary of freight operator OHE. In December 2014 they took over Dieselnetz Niedersachsen Süd-Ost Los 2 (around Goslar/Bad Harzburg) from DB.

Website: http://www.erixx.de/

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Eurobahn - Keolis S.A.

Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):

This company, managed by Bahngesellschaft Waldhof and VIA GTI operates passenger trains on the line Alzey(DB)-Kirchheimbolanden (15km), opened again in May 1999. The service was first operated by a rented LVT-S railcar from the Burgenlandbahn, but now two new "Regioshuttle" diesel railcars have been delivered.
In May 2000 Eurobahn has taken over passenger operation on Bielefeld-Rahden and Bielefeld-Lemgo (91km) using new "Talent" DMUs.
Since 5 November Eurobahn also operates the trains of the Freiberger Eisenbahngesellschaft on Freiberg-Holzhau.
Since December 2003 they also operate trains on Hildesheim-Löhne and Hildesheim-Bodenburg with "LINT" DMUs owned by the LNVG. This operation was extended from Löhne to Bünde in september 2004.
In 2001 Rhenus AG & Co. KG and Keolis S.A. took over this company. The name Eurobahn will still be used for the passenger transport activities. In 2006 Rhenus ended the collaboration such that Keolis is the only owner. Alzey-Kirchheimbolanden went over to Rhenus Veniro.
From December 2008 Eurobahn will also operate the "Hellweg" network (347km) with new electric trainsets. This network contains the local services on Dortmund-Lünen-Münster, Dortmund-Unna-Soest, Münster-Hamm-Bielefeld and Münster-Hamm-Soest-Paderborn-Warburg.
From December 2009 they will operate the "Maas-Rhein-Lippe" network with services on Düsseldorf-Oberhausen-Dortmund-Hamm and Venlo- Mönchengladbach-Düsseldorf-Hagen-Hamm.

In December 2011 Bünde-Hameln-Hildesheim-Bodenburg (Weser-Lammetal) was taken over by Nordwestbahn. Since December 2013 Eurobahn operates the Dieselnetz Ostwestfalen-Lippe Los "Nord": Münster-Warendorf-Bielefled-Bünde-Rahden and Bielefeld-Lage-Lemgo/Detmold (until this time partly operated by Nordwestbahn and partly already by Eurobahn) with about 15 "Talent" diesel trainsets.

In December 2017 Eurobahn will take over the Teutoburger Wald network from Westfalenbahn plus Bielefeld-Hengelo(NL) (new service) and Bielefeld-Minden-Nienburg (now DB).

Website: http://www.eurobahn.de/

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EVB - Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH

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This company now operates passenger trains on Bremerhaven-Hamburg Neugraben (after fusion with BHE) and freight trains on many other lines between Hamburg and Bremen.
EVB also operates open access freight trains, from Maschen to Scheeßel, the fishing port in Bremerhaven, and container trains between Hamburg, Bremen and Bremerhaven.
In 2004 EVB transported one million passengers and almost 2 million tonnes of freight.
From December 2011 EVB will operate passenger trains on the Weser-Elbe-Netz (Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven-Bremervoerde-Buxtehude) with LINT41 DMUs provided by the province (second-hand from NWB, built in 2005).

Website: http://www.evb-elbe-weser.de/

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FEG - Freiberger Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH

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Since 25 November 2000 this new company operates passenger trains on Freiberg(Sachsen)-Holzhau, maybe to be extended with the branch line Berthelsdorf-Brand=Erbisdorf. The company was owned by Eurobahn Verkehrsgesellschaft, but has now gone to one of the shareholders Rhenus Veniro.

Website: http://www.freiberger-eisenbahn.de/

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GVG - Georgs-Verkehrs-GmbH

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This company operates the German portion of the night train Berlin-Malmö(Sweden). In 2002 they bought their own second-hand locomotive of former DBAG class 109.

Website: http://www.berlin-night-express.com/

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HEX - HarzElbeExpres (Transdev Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

In December 2005 this subsidiary of Connex started passenger services on lines in the northern Harz region: Halberstadt-Oschersleben-Magdeburg, Halberstadt-Vienenburg, Halberstadt-Blankenburg(Harz), Halberstadt-Aschersleben-Könnern-Halle, Könnern-Bernburg and Halberstadt-Quedlinburg-Thale Hbf. In weekends they also operate trains from Berlin to the Harz area.
Since December 2015 HEX also operates Halle(Saale)-Halberstadt-Vienenburg-Goslar, previously operated by DB Regio.

Early in 2006 Connex was renamed in Veolia, and in 2015 into Transdev.

Website: http://www.hex-online.de/

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HLB Basis - Hessische Landesbahn GmbH

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For years this company had no own railway lines, but operated the service for BLE, FKE and KNE and jointly owned the HBG. At the end of 2005 BLE, FKE and KNE merged into the "new" company HLB Basis.
FKE operates passenger trains on Frankfurt(M)=Höchst - Königstein, and Frankfurt(M)=Höchst - Bad Soden. They operate trains under the name "Taunusbahnen" on (Frankfurt-Bad Homburg-) Friedrichsdorf-Grävenwiesbach-Brandoberndorf. The last part (8km) was only re-opened in autumn 1999.
BLE operates freight trains on Butzbach(DB)-Griedel and Butzbach(DB)-Butzbach Nord(-Pohlgöns). Since May 1998 they also operate passenger trains again, on the following lines: Friedberg - Friedrichsdorf (RVM line 16, 16km), Friedberg - Beienheim - Nidda/Hungen (RVM line 31/32, 25/17km), Giessen - Hungen - Nidda - Gelnhausen (Lahn-Kinzig-Bahn, 70km) and Friedberg - Hanau (32km).
KNE operates freight trains between Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe Süd(DB) and Naumburg, and passenger trains/trams up to Baunatal. Since May 1998 they also operate passenger trains between Wabern and Bad Wildungen, with new DMUs type GTW2/6. However, this service was taken over in December 2008 by DB Kurhessenbahn.

Since December 2004 a new subsidiary of HLB and WEBA (vectus) operates passenger trains on the Westerwald lines Limburg-Siershahn, Limburg-Au(Sieg), Limburg-Wiesbaden and Limburg-Koblenz.
In December 2006 HLB (in combination with HHA Hamburger Hochbahn) started operating passenger trains on the Nordost-Hessen-Netz: Göttingen-Eichenberg-Kassel, Kassel-Bebra-Fulda, Bebra-Eisenach and Göttingen-Eschwege-Bebra. The name of the operating company is Cantus.
Since December 2005 the HLB operates the passenger trains of the Kahlgrundbahn, on Hanau-Kahl-Schollkrippen.

From December 2010 HLB operates regional express (RE) trains on Frankfurt-Gießen-Siegen and local trains (RB) on Gießen-Marburg with new FLIRT trainsets. From December 2011 they will also operate regional trains on Limburg-Giessen, Giessen-Fulda and Fulda-Gersfeld (with 23 new LINT41 trainsets plus probably some second-hand), but Friedberg-Hanau will be taken over by DB Regio.

Since December 2014 Kassel-Treysa is operated by HLB with 4 new FLIRT trainsets. Eifel-Westerwald-Sieg Los 2 (around Limburg and Siegen) is also operated by HLB, taken over from Vectus, DB and Hellertalbahn. Since August 2015 HLB operates passenger trains on Dieselnetz Eifel-Westerwald-Sieg Los 2 around Siegen with modernised (LINT/GTW) and some new (LINT) trainsets. Kalhgrundbahn is no longer operated by HLB from 12/2015.

Website: http://www.hlb-basis.de/

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HSB - Harzer Schmalspurbahnen

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This company operates (mostly steam) trains on Wernigerode-Nordhausen (Harzquerbahn), Drei Annen Hohne-Brocken (Brockenbahn), Gernrode - Alexisbad - Harzgerode/Stiege - Hasselefelde (Selketalbahn) and Stiege - Eisfelder-Talmühle. Only the number of locomotives taken over by HSB from the DBAG/DR are given. In March 2006 the part between Gernrode and Quedlinburg (8.5km) was reopened on narrow gauge such that the Selketalbahn trains can be extended to (world heritage centre) Quedlinburg.
In 2011 about 1.2 million passengers travelled with HSB. In 2012 HSB celebrates 125 years of narrow gauge railways in the Harz area.

Website: http://www.hsb-wr.de/

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HTB - Hellertalbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):

In September 1999 this new company, jointly owned by WEBA, SK and HLB, took over the operation of the line Betzdorf-Haiger-Dillenburg (36km) from DBAG. For this 3 new GTW2/6 DMU's (similar to BLE, FKE and KNE) were delivered.

Website: http://www.hellertalbahn.de/

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HzL - Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company operates all trains on Hechingen(DB)-Gammertingen-Sigmaringen(DB) and freight trains only on Hanfertal-Sigmaringendorf(DB), Hechingen-Eyach(DB), Balingen - Schömberg (13km taken over from DB in 2001) and Gammertingen-Kleinengstingen(DB). They also operate the trains for the BOB, and for the DBAG they operate trains on the Zollernalbbahn Ulm - Aulendorf - Sigmaringen - Tübingen and Sigmaringen - Tuttlingen ("Donaukonzept").
Since January 2002 HzL operates local freight trains from Plochingen and Ulm to 17 stations in the region Oberschwaben and Schwäbische Alb (Mora C).
HzL has won the tender to operate the "Ringzug" from 12/2003. This involves hourly passenger trains south of Stuttgart, on the lines Bräunlingen-Donaueschingen- Villingen-Trossingen Stadt/Rottweil, Rottweil-Tuttlingen-Immendingen-Leipferdingen (-Zollhaus=Blumberg) and Fridingen-Tuttlingen. On 1 September 2003 the first Ringzul services already started.
Since early 2006 HzL also operates trains on Radolfzell-Stockach, after the stock of Mittelthurgaubahn/Thurbo/SBB broke down. They won the tender to operate this line until December 2008, and the new tender for passenger trains up to 2023.
In 2000 HzL moved 414,371 tonnes of freight, an all-time record.

Websites: http://www.hzl-online.de/ and http://www.ringzug.de/

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IL - Inselbahn Langeoog

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates narrow gauge trains between the ships and the village on the island Langeoog.

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KHB - DBAG Kurhessenbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

The Kurhessenbahn is one of the regional networks of DBAG, where infrastructure and operation is integrated, and dedicated rolling stock is used.
KHB operates passenger trains on Korbach-Brilon Wald, Kassel-Korbach Süd, Marburg-Frankenberg(Eder) and Marburg-Erndtebrück. In December 2008 (Kassel-)Wabern-Bad Wildungen was taken over from Hessische Landesbahn.

Website: http://www.kurhessenbahn.de/

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MBB - Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn Molli GmbH&Co.

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates steam trains between Bad Doberan and Kühlungsborn on the Baltic coast.

Website: http://www.molli-bahn.de/

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ME - metronom Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

Since December 2003 this new company, a subsidiary of freight operator OHE, Bremer Straßenbahn, EVB and Hamburger Hochbahn, operates regional express trains on Hamburg-Bremen and Hamburg-Uelzen with new locomotives and double-deck coaches provided by the province (LNVG). Since December 2005 they also operate passenger trains on Uelzen-Hannover-Göttingen, and in December 2007 also Hamburg-Cuxhaven (115km, diesel) was added. as well as regional services on Hamburg-Lüneburg and Hamburg-Tostedt (94km, electric).
Since December 2010 ME also operates the Hanse-Netz Hamburg-Uelzen and Hamburg-Bremen (regional services). Since December 2015 they operate Elektronet Niedersachsen-Ost (ENNO) around Braunschweig with new Coradia Continental trainsets.

Website: http://www.der-metronom.de/

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MRB - Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn GmbH (Transdev)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):

Since December 2008 this new subsidiary of Transdev operates passenger trains on Leipzig-Geithain and part of the trains on Halle-Delitzsch-Eilenburg. From December 2009 to 2013 (until the Leipzig city tunnel was ready) MRB operated passenger trains on 8 lines around Leipzig. From December 2013 only Leipzig–Bad Lausick–Geithain (MRB 113) and Halle (Saale)–Delitzsch–Eilenburg (MRB 118) are still operated (until 2015), the other lines are now operated by DB.

Since December 2015 MRB operates the express trains on E 7 Leipzig-Chemnitz. From June 2016 MRB will operate the E-Netz Mittelsachsen: RE Dresden-Hof, RB Dresden-Zwickau and RB Chemnitz-Elsterwerda. For this service new Coradia Continental trainsets have been ordered by the regional authorities.

In January 2016 the Leipzig and Mittelsachsen transport authorities have selected Transdev Regio Ost for the Dieselnetzes Nordwestsachsen Lot B contract to operate passenger service R6 between Leipzig, Grimma and Döbeln from June 12 2016 to December 2025. The contract covers the operation of almost 1 million train-km/year using a fleet of 10 diesel multiple-units (5x Regioshuttle and 5x Talent) which the authorities are to provide through leasing company Alpha Trains Europa.

Website: http://www.mitteldeutsche-regiobahn.de/

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NB - NordseeBahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

This company - a cooperation of DB Regio and EVB - started the operation of passenger trains on Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven in December 2003, with LINT DMUs owned by the region (LNVG).

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NBE - Nordbahn Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

At the end of December 2002 the railway line between Neumüster and Bad Segeberg was reopened. The NBE operates passengers over this line, continuing to Bad Oldesloe (taken over from DBAG). In December 2011 NBE took over operation on Neumünster-Heide-Büsum (78km) from Schleswig-Holstein Bahn. Since December 2014 NBE operates passenger trains on Itzehoe-Hamburg Hbf and Wrist-Hamburg Altona (Netz Mitte Schleswig-Holstein).

NBE is for 50% owned by AKN and for 50% by HHA (public transport operator in Hamburg).

Website: http://www.nordbahn.info/

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NEB - Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This private railway, also known under the nickname "Heidekrautbahn", owns tracks that run from the outskirts of Berlin to the scenic countryside north of the city. With its tracks situated in the GDR and the eastern sector of Berlin after the war, the state railway DR took over its operations there, and the company, which continued to exist legally in West Berlin, was reduced to the administration of its assets there. Since 1994, it has resumed operating freight trains on its lines Berlin Karow(DB)-Basdorf-Groß Schönebeck and Basdorf-Liebenwalde. Since 1999 passenger operation is possible again, but at this moment carried out by DBAG with new "GTW 2/6" trainsets class 646.
In April 2004 Connex/NEB won the tender for passenger train operation on the lines mentioned above, from December 2005. New "Talent" DMUs were ordered. They also operate Berlin=Lichtenberg-Küstrin=Kietz since December 2006.

Since December 2014 (first part) and December 2015 NEB operates Netz Ostbrandenburg, with modernised Regioshuttle motor cars and with new LINK trainsets from PESA(PL) yet to be delivered.

Website: http://www.neb.de/

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NWB - NordWestBahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

The NWB is part of the Connex Group, renamed in Transdev in early 2006. In November 2000 this company has taken over the operation of passenger trains on the lines Wilhelmshaven-Oldenburg-Osnabrück Hbf, Wilhelmshaven-Bremen Hbf, Esens-Wilhelmshaven and Bremen Hbf-Osnabrück Hbf.
Since December 2003 NWB also operates passenger trains from Bielefeld to Dissen=Bad Rothenfelde (in 2005 extended to Osnabrück), Münster, Paderborn and Altenbeken, and on Paderborn-Holzminden (Ems-Senne-Weser network).
Since December 2006 NWB also operates regional express trains on Borken-Dorsten-Essen Hbf and local trains on Dorsten-Castrop=Rauxel-Dortmund Hbf and Dorsten-Coesfeld (Emscher-Münsterland-Netz). Since December 2007 NWB also runs passenger trains on the rebuilt former freight-only line Farge-Bremen=Vegesack.
 Since December 2009 NWB operates the Niers-Rhein-Emscher-Netz with lines Kleve-Krefeld-Düsseldorf and Xanten-Moers-Duisburg, followed in December 2010 by Oberhausen-Duisburg=Ruhrort and Oberhausen-Bottrop-Dorsten (together 225km). NWB has ordered 30 new Lint41 DMUs for these services.
From December 2010 (with additional lines from December 2011) NWB operates the new S-Bahn system of Bremen, to Bremerhaven-Lehe, Nordenham, Bad Zwischenahn, Twistringen, and from 2011 to Verden and Farge, with new electric trainsets type Lirex.

In December 2011 Bünde-Hameln-Hildesheim-Bodenburg (Weser-Lammetal) were taken over by Nordwestbahn from Eurobahn, operated by Lint41 DMUs (11x). Since December 2013 Nordwestbahn operates the Dieselnetz Ostwestfalen-Lippe Los "Süd": Osnabrück-Dissen-Bad Rothenfelde-Bielefeld and Bielefled-Paderporn-Altenbeken-Holzminden-Kreiensen. Diesel trainsets type "Talent" will be used.
Since December 2015 Dortmund-Wanne=Eickel-Dorsten is no longer operated by NWB but by DB Regio.

Website: http://www.nordwestbahn.de/

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NX - National Express Rail GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):

National Express, well known from its public transport operations in the UK, entered the German market in 2015. Since December 2015 RE 7 (Rheine-Hagen-Köln-Krefeld) and RB 48 Wuppertal-Köln-Bonn) in the Ruhrgebiet area in Germany are operated, until December 2030.

Website: http://www.nationalexpress.de/

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OBS - DBAG Oberweißbacher Berg- und Schwarzatalbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

The OBS is one of the regional networks of DBAG, where infrastructure and operation is integrated, and dedicated rolling stock is used.
It operates passenger trains on Rottenbach-Katzhütte and on Lichtenhain-Cursdorf (electrified at 600V=), plus the funicular between Obstfelderschmiede and Lichtenhain.
In 2006 around 440.000 passengers used OBS.

Website: http://www.oberweissbacher-bergbahn.de/

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ODEG - Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

In December 2002 this new company, a subsidiary of the Hamburger Hochbahn AG and the Prignitzer Eisenbahn, took over the operation of passenger trains from DB Regio on the lines Hagenow-Ludwigslust-Parchim-Waren(-Neustrelitz) and Neustrelitz-Mirow.
Since December 2004 they also operate passenger trains on the "Ostbrandenburg" network: Berlin=Lichtenberg-Königs Wusterhausen-Beeskow-Frankfurt(Oder), Berlin=Lichtenberg-Tiefensee, Berlin=Lichtenberg-Eberswalde-Wriezen-Werbig-Frankfurt(Oder) and Eberswalde-Templin.
In December 2007 ODEG took over Fürstenwalde-Bad Saarow=Pieskow from DB (until 2014), with existing Regioshuttle motor cars. Since December 2008 ODEG also operates the Spree-Neiße network (Zittau-Cottbus, Cottbus-Forst, Görlitz-Hoyerswerda and Görlitz-Bischofswerda).

Since December 2011 ODEG operates the lines Rathenow-Brandenburg and Berlin=Wannsee-Jüterbog, taken over from Märkische Regiobahn as part of Netz Stadtbahn. More lines followed in December 2012 operated with new double-deck trainsets. In December 2013 Rhena-Schwerin-Parchim was taken over from OLA.

In December 2014 the "Ostbrandenburg" network was taken over by NEB, followed in December 2015 by Stendal-Rathenow (from DB Regio).

Website: http://www.odeg.info/

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OLA - Ostseeland Verkehr GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

Ostseeland Verkehr GmbH is the new name for the merged MeBa (MecklenburgBahn) and OME (Ostmecklenburgische Eisenbahn). The networks will keep on using the old brand names.
Since June 2001 MeBa operates passenger trains on the line Rhena-Schwerin-Parchim. For this service they ordered six 2-car "Lint 41" DMUs from Alstom.
OME operates passenger trains on Rostock-Güstrow, Bergen auf Rügen-Lauterbach=Mole, Bützow-Ueckermünde and Stralsund-Neustrelitz. They also operate freight trains on the Neubrandenburger Industrieanschlußbahn and on Neubrandenburg-Friedland, taken over from DB Netz in 2003. For Connex (now Transdev) they operate some of the InterConnex trains. In December 2007 they will take over Berlin=Wannsee-Beelitz-Jüterborg (RB 33) and Brandenburg(Havel)-Rathenow (RB 51) from DB. Probably Desiro DMUs from Lausitzbahn will be used.
In 2004 OME transported 1.345 million passengers, 102,000 more than in 2003. MeBa transported 450,500 passengers in 2004 (358,000 in 2003).

Rhena-Schwerin-Parchim was taken over by ODEG in December 2013, the other lines were taken over by DB Regio. Only the InterConnex Leipzig-Berlin-Rostock is still operated by OLA.

Website: http://www.ostseelandverkehr.de/

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OPB - Oberpfalzbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

Since June 2001 this company operates passenger trains on Furth im Wald-Cham-Schwandorf, Cham-Kötzting-Lam and Cham-Waldmünchen. The company is jointly owned by RBG and DB Regio, 11 "Regioshuttle" railcars were ordered for these lines.

Website: http://www.oberpfalzbahn.de/

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OSB - Ortenau-S-Bahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

Since May 1998 this company, a subsidiary of the SWEG, operates new Regioshuttle DMUs on Kehl-Appenweier-Offenburg, Offenburg-Achern, Offenburg-Bad Griesbach and Offenburg-Hausach for the DBAG and Achern-Ottenhöfen and Biberach-Oberharmersbach for the SWEG. Since the summer of 2003 the Regioshuttles of OSB even continue from Kehl to Strasbourg in France every 2 hours!
SWEG will keep on operating OSB until 2021, including Achern-Ottenhöfen and Biberach-Oberhamersbach.

Website: http://www.ortenau-s-bahn.de/

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RBG - Regental Bahnbetriebe GmbH ("Länderbahn")

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company owns the railway lines Gotteszell(DB)-Viechtach (tourist trains and empty stock to the workshop in Viechtach) and Lam-Kötzting (now operated by the Oberpfalzbahn). On behalf of DBAG they operate passenger trains on Plattling-Zwiesel-Bayerisch=Eisenstein, Zwiesel-Grafenau and Zwiesel-Bodenmais.
The RBG also owns the Vogtlandbahn and operates its trains. It jointly owns the Operpfalzbahn with DB Regio (passenger trains around Cham).
In 2004 (originally) British bus operator Arriva bought the 76.9% share in RBG from the state of Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern), their first appearance in Germany.
Since December 2006 Vogtlangbahn operates passenger trains on behalf of DB on Münchberg-Helmbrechts, Hof-Münchberg and Lichtenfels-Neuenmarkt=Wirsberg.
From December 2007 the company will also operate the IR-replacement trains on München-Regensburg-Hof/Furth im Wald and also on München-Immenstadt-Oberstdorf/Lindau using the "ALEX" brand. In December 2009 they will start to run local trains on Freilassing-Berchtesgaden, together with Salzburg AG from Austria.

From December 2014 Regentalbahn will operate Los 2 of Dieselnetz Südwest in Rheinland-Pfalz, regional diesel lines radiating from Mainz to Kirchheimbolanden, Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Baumholder/Türkismühle. For these services 63 new LINT diesel trainsets (2-car LINT54 and 3-car LINT81) will be bought.

In 2011 Arriva Deutschland was sold to Trenitalia and renamed into Netinera.

Website: http://www.laenderbahn.com/

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RBK - Regionalbahn Kassel GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

From December 2004 this company operates light rail trains on Kassel-Warburg, to be extended into the city center of Kassel. Other lines that followed are Kassel-Melsungen and Kassel-Wolfshagen (partly diesel-operated). To Hessisch Lichtenau an old railway line is adapted for operation by dual-mode trams. Since December 2013 KVG(Kassel) and HLB have taken over the operation of these services, with the same trainsets. In December 2014 Kassel-Treysa was taken over by HLB.

Website: http://www.regionalbahn-kassel.de/

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Regio-Bahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):

Since September 1999 this company operates passenger trains on Kaarster See - Neuss - Düsseldorf - Mettmann Stadtwald (33km). Since May 2000 they operate trains every 20 minutes. The company that actually operates the trains is called RBE - Rheinisch-Bergischen Eisenbahn GmbH.

Website: http://www.regio-bahn.de/

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RNV - Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

RNV was created in 2004 as a holding company for some smaller companies operating narrow gauge trains around Mannheim and Ludwigshafen. These are: Both MVV and VBL only operate city trams, but OEG and RHB operate long-distance services and are thus included here.
OEG operates trams/trains on Mannheim Hbf - Viernheim - Weilheim - Heidelberg - Mannheim-Kurpfalzbrücke. The line to Heddesheim is now operated by MVV as line 4 of the Mannheim city tram network.
RHB operates trams/trains between Ludwigshafen-Oggenheim and Bad Dürkheim, and uses the tram tracks between Oggersheim and Mannheim. The newest rolling stock consists of very long articulated low-floor trams, made out of 7 sections!

Website: http://www.rnv-online.de/

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RTB - Rurtalbahn GmbH & Co. KG

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

Starting from 1993 this company operates trains from Düren to Heimbach and Jülich, now with new low-floor "Regiosprinter" DMUs. In 2002 the line Düren-Jülich was extended to Linnich for passenger trains. For DBAG they operate passenger trains on Mönchengladbach-Dalheim (20km).
They also operate freight trains on Puffendorf-Jülich-Linnich, and over DB lines to Hubertushof, Horrem and Sindorf (Mora C).
In January 2003 DKB merged with infrastructure company EVS, to form the new company RTB. One of the extensions of the new company - both for freight and passengers - might be the Düren-Zülpich- Euskirchen line.

Website: http://www.rurtalbahn.de/

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RüBB - Rügensche BäderBahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):

This company operates narrow gauge steam trains on Lauterbach(DB)- Putbus-Göhren on the island Rügen. In March 2004 the RüKB has been sold by former operator KEG to EBG Prora, due to financial problems. Since the end of 2004 it is owned by Hermann Schöntag.
Since January 2007 PRESS operates the Rasender Roland steam trains under the new name Rügensche BäderBahn. Service actually started in March 2008 with locomotives and coaches brought in from Sachsen.

Website: http://www.ruegensche-baederbahn.de/

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RV - Rhenus Veniro GmbH & Co. KG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

After the split of Eurobahn between Rhenus and Keolis, the remaining part of Rhenus is operated under the name Rhenus Veniro. It runs passenger trains between Alzey and Kirchheimbolanden.
Since December 2009 (with a very late actual start) Rhenus Veniro operates passenger trains on Boppard-Emmelshausen for 20 years with adapted Regioshuttles. In December 2014 Alzey-Kircheimbolanden was be lost, but Rhenus started operating on Bullay-Traben=Trarbach (13km) with 2 modernised Regioshuttles.

Website: http://www.rhenus-veniro.de/

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Saarbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

This company operates dual voltage trams (similar to Karlsruhe) on tram tracks in Saarbrücken from Riegelsberg Süd continuing over DBAG tracks to Sarreguemines in France. In September 2009 an extension from Riegelsberg Süd to Walpershofen/Etzenhofen was opened, and on 31 October 2011 an extension to Riegelsberg Süd. The section from here to Lebach (13km) was opened in 2014.

Website: http://www.saarbahn.de/

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S-Bahn Berlin GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

This company, a full daughter company of DBAG, operates all S-Bahn trains on the railways in and around Berlin, electrified with 3rd rail. In 2006 traffic grew to 375 million travellers, a new record (+5.3%).

Website: http://www.s-bahn-berlin.de/

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SBB - Schweizerische Bundesbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

After Mittelthurgaubahn went bankrupt, THURBO - als was already intended but now earlier - took over services in Eastern Switzerland and in Southwestern Germany. THURBO now owns the former MThB main line Wil-Weinfelden-Konstanz, the rest of the network is owned by SBB or DBAG.
In Germany THURBO operated on the lines Radolfzell-Stockach and Konstanz-Singen-Engen, and in Switzerland south of Lake Konstanz (Bodensee) on all lines between Waldshut, Konstanz, Uznach and Altstätten. They cooperate with Die Länderbahn (RBG) in ALEX (München-Oberstdorf).
In 2005 the German subsidiary went to SBB and now operates as SBB GmbH. Also the line Basel-Zell is now included in this subsidiary. In 2006 Radolfzell-Stockach went to HzL.

Website: http://www.sbb-deutschland.de/

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SDG - Sächsische Dampfeisenbahn Gesellschaft mbH (former BVO Bahn)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

On the 1st of June 1998 this company took over the narrow gauge railway line Cranzahl-Oberwiesenthal and its operation from DBAG. They expect to introduce light rail DMUs and only retain the steam locomotives for tourist trains.
In April 2004 they also took over operation of the narrow gauge line Radebeul Ost-Radeburg from DBAG. Later in 2004 Freital=Hainsberg-Kurort Kipsdorf (closed because of flooding damage, reopened to Dippoldiswalde in 2009) followed. This was the last narrow gauge steam operated line of DBAG.
In May 2007 the company was renamed from BVO Bahn to SDG (Sächsische Dampfeisenbahn Gesellschaft mbH).

Website: http://www.sdg-bahn.de/

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SHG - S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):

From January 1st, 1997 this company operates all trains in and around Hamburg on the railways electrified with 1200V 3rd rail. The basic network consists of 4 lines: Poppenbüttel/Airport-Wedel(S1), Elbgaustrasse-Aumühle(S21), Pinneberg-Stade(S3) and Altona-Neugraben(S31). Hamburg=Neugraben-Stade is 15kV overhead and jointly operated with DB trains. The airport link from Ohlsdorf was opened on 11 December 2008. Trains to/from the airport and Poppenbüttel split/combine at Ohlsdorf.
In 2010 over 220 million passengers travelled with the S-Bahn services in Hamburg, 4% more than in 2009.

Website: http://www.s-bahn-hamburg.de/

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SOB - DBAG SüdOstBayernBahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

The SüdOstBayernBahn is one of the regional networks of DBAG, where infrastructure and operation is integrated, and dedicated rolling stock is used.
SOB operates passenger trains from Mühldorf to Landshut, Passau, Simbach, Burghausen, Freilassing, Traunstein/Waging and Rosenheim/Ebersberg. Traunstein-Ruhpolding belongs to SOB but is operated by DB Regio. SOB operates passenger trains of the DB Netz network from Mühldorf and Ebersberg to München Hbf.
The lines Neumarkt=Sankt Veit-Frontenhausen=Marklofen and Hörpolding-Traunreut are only used by freight trains.

Website: http://www.suedostbayernbahn.de/

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SOEG - Sächsisch-Oberlausitzer Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

In June 1996 this company took over the operation of narrow gauge steam trains on the DBAG lines Zittau-Bertsdorf-Kurort Oybin and Bertsdorf-Kurort Jonsdorf. They hope to introduce diesel motor cars in the near future for cheaper operation. In total 9 steam locomotives have been taken over from DBAG, 3 paid for by the region.

Website: http://www.soeg-zittau.de/

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SSG - Städtebahn Sachsen GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2010):

Städtebahn Sachsen is a subsidiary of EGP (Eisenbahngesellschaft Potsdam). Since December 2010 SSG operates passenger trains on non-electrified lines around Dresden: Dresden-Neustadt–Königsbrück(SB 33), Dresden Hbf–Kamenz(SB 34), Pirna–Neustadt/Sa.–Sebnitz–Bad Schandau(SB 71), Heidenau–Altenberg(SB 72) and Dresden Hbf–Heidenau–Altenberg(Wintersport Express SE 19).

Website: http://www.staedtebahn-sachsen.de/

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STB - Süd-Thüringen Bahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

Since June 2001 this company, a subsidiary of the Erfurter Industriebahn and the Hessische Landesbahn, operates passenger trains on Sonneberg-Ernstthal-Neuhaus, Erfurt-Arnstadt-Ilmenau, Eisfeld-Sonneberg, Erfurt-Oberhof-Suhl-Meiningen, Wernshausen-Schmalkalden-Zella=Mehlis and Eisenach-Meiningen-Eisfeld.

Website: http://www.sued-thueringen-bahn.de/

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STE - Strausberger Eisenbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates both passenger and freight trains between Strausberg Vorstadt(DB) and Strausberg Stadt on a tram style line.

Website: http://www.strausberger-eisenbahn.de/

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SVG - Stauden-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

SVG originates from a museum railway, the Verein Staudenbahnfreunde e.V., that operates on Gessertshausen-Fischach(-Markt Wald). It also used to be known as BBG - Bahnbetriebsgesellschaft Stauden mbH. Since 2003 the SVG operates passenger trains for DBAG on Günzburg-Krumbach. In 2004 the southern part of the "Staudenbahn", Türkheim-Ettringen, was bought from DB Netz. The middle part Markt Wald-Ettringen (7.1km) is lifted, but the space is still free. With their locomotives they also operate open-access passenger and freight/work trains.

Website: http://www.staudenbahn.de/

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SWEG - Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates trains for different lines in Southwestern Germany: Verkehrsbetriebe Achern-Ottenhöfen (AO), Verkehrsbetriebe Biberach-Oberhamersbach (BOH), Verkehrsbetriebe Endingen (Kaiserstulbahn (KB), Riegel-Breisach/Gottenheim), Verkehrsbetrieb Meckesheim-Aglasterhausen-Hüffenhardt (MAH), Verkehrsbetrieb Schwarzach (Mittelbadische Eisenbahnen (MEN), Bühl-Söllingen), and Verkehrsbetrieb Staufen (Münstertalbahn (MT), Bad Krozingen-Untermünstertal). Since June 1997 they operate trains on DBAG lines around Freiburg under the name "Breisgau S-Bahn" with new Regioshuttle railcars (see over there). Their subsidiary OSB took over the operation of the AO and BOH lines in June 1998, together with some DBAG lines around Offenburg.

On 31 July 2009 the line Neckarbischofsheim-Hüffenhardt closed for passenger trains, although freight to the Gmeinder factory in Mosbach is still possible. The connecting line Meckesheim-Aglasterhausen is also closed but temporarily, as it will be electrified and integrated in the S-Bahn. Trains will then be operated by DB and no longer by SWEG.

In 2013 the Münstertalbahn is being electrified, after which it will be operated with 2 modern Talent-2 electric trainsets from Bombardier.

From December 2019 SWEG will operate the "Freiburg Y" (Freiburg-Elzach, Kaiserstuhlbahn and Münstertalbahn), currently operated by SWEG and BSB. All lines will be electrified and new electric trainsets used.

Website: http://www.sweg.de/

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TDR - trans regio Deutsche Regionalbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2000):

This new company, a subsidiary of Rheinische Bahngesellschaft AG, started operation on Kaisersesch-Mayen-Andernach (43km) and Kaiserslautern-Landstuhl-Kusel (44km) - both taken over from DBAG - in May 2000, and Bullay-Traben=Trarbach (13km) in June 2001.
Since December 2008 they operate (electric) passenger trains on the Mittelrheinbahn Köln-Koblenz-Mainz, the original lines were taken over by other companies (Kaisersesch-Andernach and Bullay-Traben=Trarbach by DB Regio).

Website: http://www.trans-regio.de/

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UBB - Usedomer Bäder-Bahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):

This company operates both passenger and freight trains on the island Usedom: Ahlbeck Grenze-Seebad Heringsdorf-Zinnowitz-Peenemünde Dorf/Wohlgast Fähre. Since 26 September 1999 they also operate trains on the mainland line Wolgast Hafen-Züssow, from May 2000 connected over a new bridge.
Since the end of 2002 some trains continue from Züssow to Stralsund and Barth, UBB now also owns the infrastructure between Velgast and Barth. UBB is a 100% subsidiary of DB Regio.
In September 2008 the line was extended from Ahlbeck Grenze to Swinoujscie in Poland (1.4km).

Website: http://www.ubb-online.com/

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VBG - Vogtlandbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2011):

This company operates local trains on Zwickau-Falkenstein and Reichenbach-Falkenstein-Klingenthal/Adorf. Between Falkenstein and Zwotental DMUs from the different lines are coupled. For DBAG they operate trains on Zwickau-Bad Brambach and Plauen-Schleiz West.
The service is actually carried out by the Regentalbahn (RBG). The second batch of "Regiosprinters" operates since May 1999 over 3-rail tram tracks into the centre of Zwickau!
Since May 2000 the Regiosprinters continue from Klingenthal to Sokolov in the Czech Republic. At the same time new trains started operating on Hof-Schönberg-Plauen/Gera (decoupled in Schönberg) and Marktredwitz-Eger=Cheb(CZ)-Bad Brambach-Zwickau.
In June 2001 also Hof-Weiden was taken over from DBAG, to be extended to Regensburg in December 2002. In July 2002 also passenger trains on Gera-Weischlitz were taken over from DBAG.

Since December 2010 Vogtlandbahn operates passenger trains on the Dreiländerbahn Liberec – Zittau – Varnsdorf – Seifhennersdorf/Rybnište (56km) with "Desiro" diesel trainsets using brand name Trilex. Since December 2014 Vogtlandbahn operates the RE and RB services on Dresden-Görlitz and Dresden-Zittau-Liberec(CZ). Regensburg-Weiden-Marktredwitz-Cheb is now operated by Oberpfalzbahn (also a subsidiary of Regentalbahn).

Website: http://www.vogtlandbahn.de/

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VIAS - VIAS GmbH (Odenwald-Bahn)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

Since December 2005 VIAS, a subsidiary of RTB and VGF, the local public transportation company of Frankfurt(Main), operates operates passenger trains on the Odenwald-Bahn lines Hanau-Wiebelsbach-Erbach and Frankfurt/Darmstadt-Erbach-Eberbach. In 2010 DSB (Danish State Railways) bought the 50% owned by VGF.
Since December 2010 VIAS also operates the Rheingau network: regional trains on Neuwied-Koblenz-Rüdesheim-Wiesbaden-Frankfurt with new FLIRT EMUs.

From December 2017 VIAS will operate the Erft-Schwalm network for 12 years, consisting of the lines RB34 Mönchengladbach – Rheydt – Dalheim and RB38 Dusseldorf Hbf – Neuss – Bedburg (Erft). VIAS currently operates RB34 under the Rurtalbahn brand as subcontractor to DB Regio NRW.

Website: http://www.vias-online.de/

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vlexx - Vierländerexpress

Network length, gauge and electrification (2014):

vlexx is a subsidiary of Netinera that e.g. also operates Regentalbahn. Since December 2014 vlexx operates the Dieselnetz Südwest in Rheinland-Pfalz with new "LINT" diesel trainsets. The network is centered around Mainz where the maintenance depot is located.

Website: http://www.vlexx.de/

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WB - WestfalenBahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

Since December 2007 this new company, an alliance of Abellio GmbH, Verkehrsbetriebe Extertalbahn GmbH, Mindener Kreisbahnen GmbH and moBiel GmbH, operates the local trains on the Teutoburger Wald network. This consists of the lines Münster-Rheine (Ems-Lippe-Bahn), Münster-Osnabrück (Teuto-Bahn) and Bad Bentheim-Rheine-Osnabrück-Herford-Bielefeld/Detmold-Altenbeken (Wiehengebirgsbahn, Der Cherusker and Ostwestfalen-Bahn).

Since December 2015 Westfalenbahn also operates passenger trains on the Emsland line (Emden-Rheine-Münster) and the Mittelland line Rheine-Bielefeld-Braunschweig, until then operated by DB.

In December 2017 the services over the Teutoburger Wald network will be taken over by Eurobahn (including the first-generation Flirt electric trainsets).

Since 2017 Abellio is the single owner of Westfalenbahn.

Website: http://www.westfalenbahn.de/

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WEBA - Westerwaldbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Scheuerfeld(DB)-Oberdreisbach, and passenger service on Betzdorf-Daaden since november 1994.

Website: http://www.westerwaldbahn.de/

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WEG - Württembergische Eisenbahngesellschaft

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company operates trains on different lines in Southwestern Germany: Nebenbahn Gaildorf-Untergröningen (GU, "Obere Kochertalbahn", now closed), Nebenbahn Korntal-Weissach (KW, "Strohgäubahn"), Nebenbahn Nürtingen-Neuffen (NN, "Tälesbahn"), Nebenbahn Vaihingen-Enzweihingen (VE, "Stadtbahn"), Böblingen(DB)-Dettenhausen (ZVS "Schönbuchbahn") and Schorndorf(DB)-Rudersberg Nord(-Welzheim) (ZVVW "Wieslauftalbahn"). The long-distance freight traffic operated by WEG was taken over by BCB (a partner in the Transdev Group) from early 2005. In October 2005 Gaildorf-Untergröningen was closed because of the bad state of the track and only minimal freight traffic left.

Website: http://www.weg-bahn.de/

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Wendelsteinbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates rack trains from Brannenburg-Waching to the Wendelstein summit. Narrow gauge rack EMUs have recently replaced the electric locomotives and coaches.

Website: http://www.wendelsteinbahn.de/

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WFB - DBAG WestFrankenBahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

WestFrankenBahn is another regional subsidiary of DBAG that is responsible for both infrastructure and the operation of (passenger) trains. It owns a network of 206km but operates over a total of 370km.
Their own lines are Aschaffenburg-Miltenberg-Seckach, Miltenberg-Lauda and Königshofen-Crailsheim, they also operate on Würzburg-Lauda-Königshofen and Crailsheim-Heilbronn still maintained by DB Netz.

Website: http://www.westfrankenbahn.de/

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ABE - Ankum-Bersenbrücker Eisenbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on the short line Bersenbrück(DB)-Ankum. The service is actually carried out with DBAG locomotives and personnel.
AH - Aschaffenburger Hafenbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

The Aschaffenburger Hafenbahn operates on the tracks of the Main port in Aschaffenburg, but is a company allowed to operate trains over main tracks.

Website: http://www.mainhafen.de/

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AHG - AHG Industry GmbH & Co. KG

Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):

This company operates local freight trains around Cottbus and from Cottbus to Forst and sidings on the former Forst-Weisswasser line.

Website: http://www.ahg-gruppe.de/

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AL - Augsburger Localbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on the ring line around Augsburg, Augsburg=Morellstrasse-Augsburg=West-Haunstetten, Augsburg=West-Göggingen and on the connections to the DB: Abzweig Pfersee and Abzweig Lechhausen. They move quite a lot of freight, around 400000 tonnes every year. Recently they also started operating freight over the DB line Augsburg-Kaufering-Schongau.

Website: http://www.augsburger-localbahn.de/

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AMEH TRANS ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt Transport GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1998):

This company operates trains of heating oil (about 160,000 tonnes a year) between Stendell and Eisenhüttenstadt over DBAG tracks. In 2000 it started operating block trains between its works and the Ruhr area (600km), hauled by a pair of locomotives. It used to be known as EKO TRANS.

Website: http://www.arcelormittal-ehst-transport.com/

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BASF - Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This chemical company is licensed as a railway company and operates potash trains between Ludwigshafen and Heimboldshausen. They own a large factory network in Ludwigshafen.

Website: http://www.basf.de/

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BCB - Bayerische CargoBahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This subsidiary of Captrain (former Transdev/Connex) is closely related to the BOB (Bayerische Oberlandbahn). It operates open access freight trains in southeastern Germany. In early 2005 it also took over long distance freight traffic from WEG with some of the locomotives. Since August 2015 BCB is part of CapTrain CargoWest (together with TWE).

Website: http://www.captrain.de/bcb.html

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BE - Bentheimer Eisenbahn AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company operates freight trains on Coevorden(NS/NL)-Bad Bentheim(DB) with a branch line from Esche to Osterwald, and on Bad Bentheim(DB)-Ochtrup=Brechte. They also operate local freight trains to Emsdetten (Mora C), and open-access freight trains over DB Netz lines in the area.

From December 2018 to December 2021 BE will operate passenger trains on the then reactivated line for passenger use Bad Bentheim-Neuenhaus.

Website: http://www.bentheimer-eisenbahn.de/

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BOEG - Bocholter Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This new company started operating freight trains between Bocholt and Mussum in December 2002. They now perform shunting duties on behalf of Railion in Emmerich, and operate freight trains from there to Zevenaar in The Netherlands whith hired Railion-locomotives.

Website: http://www.bocholter-eisenbahn.de/

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Bremische Hafeneisenbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains in the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven. Although the main (electrified) lines are in total only 29km long, the total track lenght is 440km because of the many connections to industry and ports. The service is actually carried out using DBAG and EVB locomotives and personnel.

Website: http://www.bremenports.de/


BTE - Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn GmbH (Jade-Weser-Bahn)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company operates freight trains on Bremen Huchting(DB)-Thedinghausen. Since June 2001 they also operate local freight trains to Delmenhorst, Kirchweye and Bremen=Hemelingen (Mora C).

Since early 2009 the commercial name Jade-Weser-Bahn is used for the freight operations, in cooperation with EVB.

Website: http://www.weserbahn.de/

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BX - BoxXpress.de GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2011):

BoxXpress operates open-access trains all over Germany, with a focus on intermodal trains from the North Sea ports around Hamburg and Bremen. The company is owned by Rail & Intermodal Terminal Holding B.V., EUROGATE Intermodal GmbH, Hamburg and TX Logistik AG.

Website: http://www.boxxpress.de/

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CDG - Captrain Deutschland GmbH (former Veolia Deutschland)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

Veolia (former Connex) has many subsidiaries in Germany. Veolia Cargo Deutschland operates some locomotives that are used for open-access freight trains but also for hauling Interconnex long-distance passenger trains.

In 2010 the former operations of Veolia Cargo Deutschland were renamed into Captrain. Probably also the operations of ITL, Rail4Chem and SNCF Fret Benelux (all bought by the French national railways SNCF) will be renamed into Captrain.

Website: http://captrain.de/

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CFL - CFL Cargo Deutschland (and NEG Niebüll)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

The NEG used to be called Uetersener Eisenbahn, before it was bought by Vossloh. In the mean time Vossloh has sold NEG again to ELC, the freight operating arm of the Luxemburg Railways (CFL). By this move ELC can now operate its own freight trains all over Germany. NEG itself operates freight trains on Uetersen-Tornesch. In January 2007 the company was renamed into CFL Cargo Deutschland.
In December 2003 NEG and NOB have taken over the operation of the NVAG Nordfriesische Verkehrsbetriebe AG, that went bankrupt earlier in 2003. The rail operations of former NVAG are now known as NEG Niebüll mbH. This company operates passenger (and freight) trains on Niebüll(DB)-Dagebüll Mole in north-west Germany. In 2001 they started (together with AB) operation of local freight trains in the north of Schleswig-Holstein (Mora C).

The passenger trains on Niebüll-Dagebüll Mole are still operated under the name NEG.

Websites: http://www.cflcargo.de/ and http://www.neg-niebuell.de/

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CLG - Chemion Logistik GmbH - Bahnbetriebe

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Köln=Mülheim(DB) - Leverkusen=Bayerwerk. Until July 2001 its name was EKML - Eisenbahn Köln=Mülheim-Leverkusen der Bayer AG.

Website: http://www.chemion.de/

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CRG - Cargo Rail GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This company is a owned by Dillinger Hütte, and operates freight trains on Dillingen(DB)-Limbach.

Website: http://www.dillinger.de/

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DE - Dortmunder Eisenbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on a line 'around' Dortmund: Dortmund Nord-Dortmund Obereving(DB)-Dortmund Remberg. At the end of 2004 Connex (now Transdev) has taken over 65% of the rail operations of DE and 19% of the infrastructure.
In 2004 DE transported around 16 million tonnes of freight.

Website: http://www.dortmunder-eisenbahn.de/

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DHE - Delmenhorst-Harpstedter Eisenbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company operates freight trains on the lines Harpstedt-Annenheide-Adelheide/Delmenhorst(DB) and Delmenhorst(DB)-Delmenhorst Hasbergen(-Lemwerder).

Website: http://www.dhe-reisen.de/

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DPR - Duisport Rail

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company - subsidiary of the port of Duisburg, - operates freight trains in the port of Duisburg and in "Logport Rheinhausen".

Website: http://www.duisport-rail.de/

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DRE - Deutsche Regional Eisenbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This company tries to save railway lines that are closed by DBAG. Since 1996 they operate freight trains and passenger specials on Burgkemnitz-Gräfenhainichen-Möhlau. In January 1999 they took over Beeskow-Lübben-Luckau-Uckro-Herzberg but this line sees hardly any trains. In August 2000 they took over freight operation on Ebrach-Frensdorf, and also want to re-open Lüchow-Dannenberg. From January 2002 they also own Bayreuth-Warmensteinach and from December 2004 they took over Riesa-Falkenberg (only trains in summer weekends).
Since January 2002 they operate local freight trains over their line originating from Lübben Hbf (Mora C).

Website: http://www.regionaleisenbahn.de/

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EEB - Emsländische Eisenbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company, formed out of the MHE(Meppen-Haselünner Eisenbahn) and the HKB(Hümmlinger Kreisbahn) operates freight trains on Meppen-Essen(Old.)(MHE), (Meppen-Haren-)Lathen-Werlte(HKB), Meppen-Meppen Hafen and since 2001 also (Oldenburg-)Ocholt-Sedelsberg. In 1993 they moved 25000 tonnes of freight.

Website: http://www.eeb-online.de/

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EH - Eisenbahn und Häfen GmbH (ThyssenKrupp Steel)

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains in the 'Ruhrgebiet', partly over DB(AG) tracks to Duisburg and Oberhausen. The company is owned by Thyssen Stahl AG (90%) and Ruhrkohle AG (10%).

Since the beginning of 2015 the railway now also operates using the name ThyssenKrupp Steel.

Website: http://www.thyssenkrupp-steel-europe.com/

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GET - Georgsmarienhütten-Eisenbahn und Transport GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company shunts trains for the iron ore works and in the shunting station of Georgsmarienhütte, now that regular freight trains on Georgsmarienhütte-Hasbergen have been taken over by DB AG.

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HBSK - Hafen und Bahnbetriebe der Stadt Krefeld

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

HBSK used to be known as SE - Städtische Eisenbahn Krefeld. It operates freight trains on Krefeld Linn(DB)-Krefeld=Osthafen.

Website: http://www.rheinhafen-krefeld.de/

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HFM - Hafen Frankfurt Management Gesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

HFM operates freight trains in the Main ports of Frankfurt, and open access freight trains around Frankfurt since the end of 2004.

Website: http://www.hafen-frankfurt.de/

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HGK - Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company operates freight trains to and from the ports of Cologne. They took over the former KBE and KFBE. Both lines are connected over a strech of the "Rheinbraun", electrified at 6kV 50Hz. Passenger service of the former KBE and KFBE is now operated by the city tram companies of Cologne and Bonn (electrified at 750V=).
In 2007 HGK transported 15.2 million tonnes of freight, 18.8% more than in 2006. 11.2 million tonnes was transported over the network owned by HGK, the rest in open-access freight trains.

In 2012 HGK and NE are to merge into RheinCargo, which will operate freight from the ports of Köln and Neuss-Düsseldorf.

Websites: http://www.hgk.de/ and http://www.rheincargo.com/

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HHPI - Heavy Haul Power International

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This new company is based in Haldesleben, and operates trains of stone from Vollrathsruhe to Berlin-Nordost. In April 2002 they also started to operate coal trains on Hamburg-Lahde with the new locomotives.

Website: http://www.hhpi.org/

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HSL - HSL Logistik GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):

HSL Logistik is an open-access freight operator based in Hamburg. They are also active in The Netherlands.

Website: http://www.hsl-logistik.com/

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HTB - Hörseltalbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates the freight trains for Opel-Eisenach GmbH and a few other industries at Eisenach Opelwerk(DB). HTB is now part of Captrain (former Transdev, Connex and DEG-Verkehrs-GmbH).

Website: http://www.captrain.de/htb.html

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Hupac Deutschland GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

Since the beginning of 2001 this company operates its own trailer trains in Germany and Switzerland. 3 locomotives have been acquired through Siemens Dispolok. In 2005 Hupac freight traffic grew by 15.9%.

Website: http://www.hupac.de/

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HVLE - Havelländische Eisenbahn AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains between Spandau Yard(DB) and Oberhavel Power Station. In 1996 they moved 0.5 million tonnes of freight.
In 2005 they won a contract to operate trains for Fels-Werke from Rübeland to Salzgitter, Peitz and Chemnitz. Probably new "Blue Tiger" locomotives will be leased to operate this traffic.
Early 2006 the company was renamed from OHE-Sp (Osthavelländische Eisenbahn Berlin-Spandau AG) into hvle - havelländische eisenbahn ag.

Website: http://hvle.de/

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IGB - Industriebahn-Gesellschaft Berlin

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains between Neukölln Yard(DB) and Neukölln/Treptow Container Terminal (12km), but owns some more short freight lines around Berlin. In 1996, traffic amounted 1.4 million tonnes of freight. IGB is now part of Captrain.

Website: http://www.captrain.de/igb.html

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Ilm - Ilmebahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company used to own the railway line Einbeck-Dassel, but the part from Einbeck to Markoldendorf is now out of use and Markoldendorf-Dassel was broken up in 2003.
Ilm still operates freight trains on Einbeck Salzderhelden - Einbeck Mitte - Sachsenbreite (line leased from DBAG), and on the main lines Kreiensen-Holzminden-Höxter, Kreiensen-Kalefeld and Kreiensen-Bad Gandersheim.

Website: http://www.ilmebahn.de/

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ILIS - InfraLeuna Infrastruktur und Service GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This company originates from the Leuna chemical industry, and now operates local freight trains for customers along the Merseburg - Großkorbatha railway line.

Website: http://www.infraleuna.de/

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ITB - Industrie Transportgesellschaft Brandenburg mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

The ITB shunts freight trains for the steel industry in Brandenburg, and also operates work trains for other companies.

Website: http://www.villmann-gruppe.de/

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KSW - Kreisbahn Siegen-Wittgenstein GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company - formerly known as Siegener Kreisbahn - operates freight trains on Weidenau(DB)-Dreis=Tiefenbach, Herdorf(DB)-Pfannenberg, Siegen(DB)-Siegen=Eintracht, Siegen Ost-Kaan=Marienborn and Kreuztal-Buschhütten. They also operate freight trains around Siegen on behalf of DBAG, from December 2002 also on Kreuzberg-Erntebrück.

Website: http://www.ksw-siegen.de/

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Kombiverkehr - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kombinierte Güterverkehr mbH & Co KG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

This large logistics company has some locomotives of its own, especially for international traffic to The Netherlands. It also uses services of other operators.

Website: http://www.kombiverkehr.de/

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MEG - Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahn Gesellschaft

Network length, gauge and electrification (2000):

This company is the railway division of the Buna-Werke. They operate long-distance trains from Schkopau in the former GDR, and local freight on Köthen-Aken, from Halberstadt to Ströbeck/Oschersleben/Heudeber=Danstedt, and from Böhlen to Altenburg, Espenhain, Ammelshain, Seelingstädt and Trebsen (Mora C).

Website: http://www.meg-bahn.de/

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MEG - Märkische Eisenbahngesellschaft GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Plettenberg(DB)-Plettenberg Mitte.

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MKB - Mindener Kreisbahnen GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This company operates four short freight-only lines, connecting in Minden(DB).

Website: http://www.mkb.de/

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MTEG - Muldental Eisenbahnverkehrsgesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2010):

MTEG is based in Meerane close to Glauchau in the former GDR. It operates open-access freight trains and performs locomotive and shunting duties for other operators. MTEG is the railway operator for museum company IG 58 3047.

Website: http://www.mteg.de/

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NE - Neusser Eisenbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2012):

This company operates freight trains between Neuss Vorbahnhof DB and Neuss Hafen.

In 2012 HGK and NE are to merge into RheinCargo, which will operate freight from the ports of Köln and Neuss-Düsseldorf.

Website: http://www.nd-haefen.de/

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NESA - Neckar-Schwarzwald-Alb Eisenbahnverkehrsgesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This new operating company is the commercial branch of the EFZ - Eisenbahnfreunde Zollernbahn. The locomotives operate timber and works trains, and the "Nostalgie Orient Express".

Website: http://www.nesa-bahn.de/

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NIAG - Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):

This company operates freight trains on Moers(DB)-Hoerstgen Sevelen and Moers(DB)-Rheinsberg(DB). In 2005 the majority of the stock was sold by Kreis Wesel to Rhenus-Keolis. At the end of 2007 NIAG took over the operations of Stadtwerke Krefeld, on Krefeld Süd(DB)-Hülser Berg/St. Tönis.

Website: http://www.niag-online.de/

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NME - Neukölln-Mittenwalder Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains between Neukölln Yard(DB) and Berlin Rudow Nord. In 1997 they transported 2.04 million tonnes of freight.

Website: http://www.nmeg.de/

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OHE - Osthannoversche Eisenbahnen AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company operates freight trains on many lines to the northeast of Hannover. Their network connects to the DB network at Celle, Wittingen, Soltau, Munster(Örtze), Winsen and Lüneburg. Last years they also started operating freight trains on behalf of DBAG on DBAG lines. In March 2000 they took over operation on Wunsdorf West(DB) - Bokeloh from the StMB. In March 2002 they took over the operation on the Werkbahn Wolff Walsrode (Walsrode-Bomlitz). The faith of the former WWW locomotives is unknown, they have been included here.
In the year 2003 OHE has transported around 1.2 million tonnes of freight. In early 2007 the company was sold to Arriva and Bachstein.

In 2011 Arriva Deutschland was sold to Trenitalia and renamed into Netinera. In 2014 DB Schenker took over the operation of freight trains on the OHE network. OHE locomotives still operate freight trains over the DB Netz network.

Website: http://www.ohe-transport.de/

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PCT - Private Car Train GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

PCT was set up by ARS Altmann AG for shunting duties and mainline operation of trains with new cars. In 2016 PCC was bought by Rail Cargo Austria and renamed into RCC - PCT.

Website: http://www.ars-altmann.de/

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R4C - Rail4Captrain GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This company was created by BASF, Hoyer, VTG and Bertschi as Rail4Chem Eisenbahnverwaltung mbH. It operated freight trains in competition with DB-Cargo. In October 2002 also the services and stock of Hoyer Railserv were taken over. Since 2002 R4C also operated international freight to The Netherlands (DMS, Geleen) and since February 2003 also to Poland, in cooperation with Polish private railway CTL.

R4C has now been taken over by Captrain, a subsidiary of SNCF from France.

Website: http://www.captrain.de/r4c.html

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RBB - Regiobahn Bitterfeld-Berlin GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

This company operates freight trains over industrial lines between Wolfen, Bitterfeld and Delitzsch. Exchange with DBAG takes place in Bitterfeld Nord. The service is carried out by Transdev (Connex Cargo Logistics, DEG-Verkehrs-GmbH).
Since May 2000 it also operates freight trains in the Dessau, Roßlau and Coswig areas on behalf of DBAG. Since 2001 they also operate local freight trains to Leipzig=Grosszschocher, Reinsdorf, Bebitz, Thalheim, Stassfurt, Bad Lauterberg and Scharzfeld (Mora C).
In 2005 the old RBB (Regionalbahn Bitterfeld) merged with Rail Cargo Berlin to form the new RBB (Regionalbahn Bitterfeld-Berlin). In the mean time RBB has become part of Captrain, a subsidiary of the French national railways SNCF.

Website: http://www.captrain.de/rbb.html

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RBH - RBH Logistics GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

This company mainly operates coal trains for the Ruhrkohle AG (RAG), but as the mines are closing in the next years RBH is more and more focussing on open-access freight traffic. The network owned by RBH is slowly being closed. In 2016 15.7 million tonnes of freigh was transported (13.55 million tonnes in 2015), producing 5.0 billion tonne-km (2015: 2.7 billion).

RBH is now a subsidiary of DB with many second-hand DB (Cargo) locomotives.

Website: http://www.rbh-logistics.com/

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RCC - Rail Cargo Carrier Germany

Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):

In September 2015 Rail Cargo Austria (the freight branch of ÖBB from Austria) bought EBM Cargo and renamed it into Rail Cargo Carrier - Germany, becoming the freight operating branch of RCA/ÖBB in Germany.

EBM Cargo (Eisenbahnbetriebsgesellschaft Mittelrhein) was based in Gummersbach east of Köln and mainly operated (open access) waste and work trains.

Website: http://www.railcargocarrier.com/

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RLG - Regionalverkehr Ruhr-Lippe GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Hamm(DB)-Lippborg, Neheim Hüsten(DB)-Sundern/Arnsberg Süd and Soest(DB)-Soest Süd. Since autumn 2001 they also operate local freight trains to Messinghausen (Mora C).

Website: http://www.rlg-online.de/

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RPE - R.P. Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):

The RP Eisenbahn owns the railway lines Alzey-Kirchheimbolanden and Freiberg-Holzhau, operated by Eurobahn and FEG respectively. In July 1999 they took over (from DBAG) the freight operation on and maintenance of the railway line Langenlosheim - Morbach. They also own Heimbach-Baumholder.

Website: http://www.rp-eisenbahn.de/

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RRL - Rhenus Rail Logistics (former BGW - Bahngesellschaft Waldhof AG)

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Mannheim=Waldhof(DB) - Mannheim=Sandhofen, and over DBAG tracks between Alzey and Kirchheimbolanden (with a DBAG locomotive). With HzL locomotive V124 they operate freight trains on the DBAG line Langlosheim-Simmern-Morbach. Since March they operate waste trains between Hildesheim and Krefeld 3 times a week.
The company used to be called Bahngesellschaft Waldhof, but was taken over by Rhenus.

Website: http://www.de.rhenus.com/

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RRS - Rhenus Rail St. Ingbert GmbH (former Wincanton Rail/Unisped Spedition und Transport GmbH)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2012):

During 2011 Wincanton Rail was taken over by Rhenus, renaming the company into Rhenus Rail St. Ingbert. RRS operates shunting duties on branch lines, a.o. on lines in the Saar area between coal mines and the main network and on the port line in Worms. In 2009 they took over the branch from Grünstadt to Neuoffstein, operated by Wincanton with sugar beet traffic. In 2009 some 1 million tonnes of freight was transported in total.

Website: http://www.de.rhenus.com/

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RSE - RSE Cargo GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

The RSE operates freight trains on Bonn=Beuel(DB)-Großenbusch. In 1998 RSE bought 4 old diesel motor cars (plus one driving trailer) from the SWEG, to be used for occasional passenger trains. In spring 2000 Hoyer bought the Rhein-Sieg-Eisenbahnbetriebs-GmbH.
Since 2002 they also operate local freight trains from Andernach to Weißenthurm (Mora C) with a second-hand Köf from DBAG.

Website: http://www.rhein-sieg-eisenbahn.de/

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RSVG - Rhein-Sieg Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Troisdorf(DB)-Lülsdorf. The depot is located in Sieglar.

Website: http://www.rsvg.de/

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RVM - Regionalverkehr Münsterland GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Altenrheine(DB)-Osnabrück Eversburg(DB), continuing over DBAG tracks to Osnabrück Rbf.

Website: http://www.rvm-online.de/

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RWE - RWE Power GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2013):

RWE Power used to be known as Rheinbraun (Rheinische Braunkohlenwerk) and operates heavy ore trains over its own network, between two large opencast mines and 3 power station. The main "Nord-Süd" line runs from the Garzweiler mine to Goldenberg power station, and the "Hambachbahn" branch runs from the Hambach mine to Auenheim (connetion with the main line). There is limited interchange with the DB network and HGK network.

Website: http://www.rwe-power.de/

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SG - LHG Service-Gesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

This company, a subsidiary of the Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft mbH, maintains and operates the railways in the port of Lübeck.

Website: http://www.sg-luebeck.de/

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SK - Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company, formerly known as HVB, operates freight train on Kiel Hgbf(DB)-Kiel Seefischmarkt, Neuwittenbek(DB)-Kiel=Schusterkrug and Suchsdorf(DB)-Kiel=Wik-Kiel=Scheerhafen. For DB it operates freight trains to Raisdorf (Kiel-Lübeck) and performs shunting duties in Kiel Hbf.

Website: http://www.port-of-kiel.de/

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Sonata - Sonata Logistics

Network length, gauge and electrification (2015):

In 2015 the well-know company NBE Rail (Nordbayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft) was split up between the two owners. Many locomotives that were leased through NBE were returned to their owners, the rest is now operated by one former part of NBE, called Sonata Logistics.

Website: http://www.sonata-management.com/

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ST - Stahlwerk Thüringen (Grupo Alfonso Gallardo)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

In 2001 the Stahlwerk Thüringen became a real railway operator. Based in Unterwellenborn, it operates trains on Könitz-Saalfeld-Bad Blankenburg over DBAG lines. Arcelor took over the business and the company was renamed, in 2007 it was taken over again by Grupo Alfonso Gallardo.

Website: http://www.stahlwerk-thueringen.de/

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TKG - Transfer Kornwestheim GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This new company performs shunting duties for DB Autozug in the shunting station of Kornwestheim. It used to be known as EMN (Eisenbahnbetriebe Mittlerer Neckar GmbH).

Website: http://www.transfer-logistik.de/

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TWE - Teutoburger Wald-Eisenbahn Gesellschaft

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

This company operates freight trains on Hövelhof(DB)-Gütersloh Nord(DB)-Ibbenbüren(DB)/Hafen Saerbeck. The trains are operated by Captrain, subsidiary of SNCF(F) (former Transdev, Connex Cargo Logistics, DEG-Verkehrs-GmbH). Since August 2015 TWE is part of CapTrain CargoWest (together with BCB).

In December 2015 Versmold-Ibbenbüren and the branch to Hafen Saerbeck (50.6km) were sold to LWS Lappwaldbahn Service.

Website: http://www.captrain.de/twe.html

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TXL - TXLogistik

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This company operates a network of container trains over long distances in Germany, exchanging freight in Gemünden. All of their locomotives are leased from Siemens Dispolok. It used to be known under the name of one of its subsidiaries, NetLog.
In 2005 Trenitalia(I) acquired 51% of the shares and acquired the rest in 2010. TXLogistik is now a full subsidiary of Trenitalia. The company partly owns BoxXpress.de.

Website: http://www.txlogistik.de/

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VBE - Verkehrsbetriebe Extertal GmbH (Extertalbahn)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company operates freight trains on Lemgo-Barntrup-Bösingfeld. The rest of the line from Bösingfeld to Rinteln Süd is temporarily closed because of a problem with a bridge. The line from Barntrup to Rinteln is electrified and operated with old electric locomotives.

Website: http://www.vbe-extertal.de/

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VEB - Vulkan-Eifel-Bahn Betriebsgeselllschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company is the operating arm of the EBM and operates freight trains in the Eifel area, on Gerolstein-Daun-Kaisersesch, Gerolstein-Prüm-Pronsfeld, Jünckerath-Losheim, and to from Cologne to Euskirchen, Derkum, Mechernich, Meckenheim, Gerolstein Zülpich, Odendorf and Bitburg (Mora C). For some years they also operated tourist passenger trains over the Eifelquerbahn Gerolstein-Kaisersesch.
On behalf of DBAG they also operate freight trains on Hagen=Haspe - Altenvoerde and Wuppertal - Remscheid.

Website: http://www.veb.de/

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VEV - Vorwohle-Emmerthaler Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Emmerthal(DB)-Vorwohle(DB). In Summer 2000 Rhenus Rail took over this company plus its operation, formerly handled by DBAG locomotives. Freight traffic is limited to Emmerthal-AKW Grohnde, the rest of the line will probably be broken up.

Website: http://www.vev-bodenwerder.de/

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VGH - Verkehrsbetriebe Grafschaft Hoya GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

This company operates freight trains on Syke(DB)-Eystrup(DB). The section Heiligenfelde-Syke was reopened in 2006. Service is carried out by the Osthannoversche Eisenbahnen (OHE).

Website: http://www.vgh-hoya.de/

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VLO - Verkehrsgesellschaft Landkreis Osnabrück GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Holzhausen Heddinghausen(DB)-Bohmte Ost(DB)-Schwegermoor.

Website: http://www.vlo.de/

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VPS - Verkehrsbetriebe Peine-Salzgitter GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company connects different freight stations around Salzgitter with the DB stations Ilsenburg, Peine, Salzgitter-Beddingen and Salzgitter-Voßpaß. It actually consists of two separated companies: Peiner Eisenbahn and Salzgitter Eisenbahn.

Website: http://www.vps-bahn.de/

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VWE - Verden-Walsroder Eisenbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Verden Süd(DB)-Stemmen Walsrode Nord(DB)-Böhme. Service on the latter part is operated by a locomotive of the Wolff-Werkbahn.

Website: http://www.vwe-verden.de/

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WerBH - Werne-Bockum-Höveler Eisenbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Bockum Hövel(DB)-Werne an der Lippe Ost. It is owned by Ruhrkohle AG, the service is carried out with locomotives of the BuH.
WHE - Wanne-Herner Eisenbahn und Hafen GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight trains on Wanne Westhafen-Wanne Herzogstraße/Bochum Graetz.

Website: http://www.whe.de/

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WLE - Westfälische Landeseisenbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates freight train on their main line Münster Ost-Neubeckum-Lippstadt-Warstein, on Neubeckum-Ennigerloh and Belecke-Heidberg. They also operate freigh trains on behalf of DBAG around Lippstadt.
A new 4.2km connection to the brewery in Warstein is under construction. WLE will transport some 200,000 tonnes of beer annually from 2005.

Website: http://www.wle-online.de/

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ADAM - Uwe Adam EVU GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

This company combines the activities of former Uwe Adam Eisenbahnverkehrsunternehmen GmbH and Lotrac Eisenbahnbetriebsgesellschaft mbH/Adam & MaLoWa Lokvermietungs GmbH, AML. Stock of this company is actually used by others, like AMP and PBSV.
The company seems to have been renamed into Uwe Adam EVU again (2009).

Website: http://www.adam-evu.de/

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ARCO - ARCO Transportation GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2005):

ARCO has taken over some of the locomotives of KEG, that went bankrupt in 2004. They mainly operate track maintenance trains.

Website: http://www.arco-transportation.com/

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BBB - Bayern Bahn Betriebsgesellschaft

Network length, gauge and electrification (2000):

This company is the "commercial" part of the Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum in Nördlingen. They operate freight services to Wassertrüdingen and work trains to Dinkelsbühl, Dombühl and Gunzenhausen.

Website: http://www.bayernbahn.de/

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BUG Verkehrsbau AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

This new track maintenance company originates from the company Bau und Unterhaltung von Gleisanlagen (BUG), founded in 1990. It is based in Berlin. As BUG is not yet registered as an operator, the stock is actually in service for OHE-Sp.

Website: http://www.bug-ag.de/

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DBB - DB Bahnbau Gruppe GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2010):

In August 2010 (dated back to 1 January 2010) the DB Bahnbau group was created, consisting of all previous DB subsidiaries concerning track building and maintenance: Deutsche Gleis- und Tiefbau, DB Gleisbau and DB Netz Instandsetzung.

Website: http://www.bahnbaugruppe.de/

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D&D - D&D Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

The former DBAG depot in Hagenow land is the base of this company. It operates freight, infrastucture and special trains for other operators.

Website: http://www.dud-eisenbahn.de/

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DLG - Die-Lei GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This is another traction provider for track maintenance trains, based in Kassel.

Website: http://www.die-lei-gleisbau.de/

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DP - Deutsche Privatbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):

Deutsche Privatbahn used to be known as Westfälische Almetalbahn (WAB). The company is know for its large collection of old DR electric locomotives. It is in one way or the other connected with the EBG Eisenbahn-Betriebsgesellschaft in Altenbeken.

The EBG department in Prora (on the island Rügen) has taken over the operation of RüKB (Rasender Roland) from KEG in March 2004.

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EBS - Erfurter Bahnservice GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

EBS is a relatively young track maintenance train operator founded in 2005. The company is based in Erfurt.

Website: http://www.erfurter-bahnservice.de/

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EfW - EfW-Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company mainly operates track maintenance trains in entire Germany.

Website: http://www.efw-verkehrsgesellschaft.de/

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EVG - Eifelbahn Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company started off as Rheinische Eisenbahn, a subsidiary of the Brohltal-Schmalspureisenbahn Betriebs-GmbH (BSEG) and the Eifelbahn-Verkehrs GmbH. It is now fully owned by EVG.

Website: http://www.zugtouren.de/

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GSG - GSG Knape Gleissanierung GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

GSG is the railway operating arm of track maintenance company Knape Gleisbau GmbH, and mainly provides locomotives for work trains.

Website: http://www.knape.de/

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HGB - Hessische Güterbahn GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

HGB started as a company to provide drivers and other personnel for work trains, but has in the mean time acquired its own locomotives. It mainly operates work trains.

Website: http://www.hgb-online.com/

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HWB - Hochwaldbahn Eisenbahnbetriebs- und Bahnservicegesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):

Hochwaldbahn mainly operates track maintenance trains. It even owns quite a few catenary maintenance trains, taken over from DB. HWB cooperates with the Sachsisch-Böhmische Eisenbahn that operates local trains from Zittau, and Transport-Schienen-Dienst.

Website: http://www.hochwaldbahn.de/

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ITL - Import Transport Logistik GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1999):

This company, based in Dresden, operates freight and work trains on DB AG tracks in Saxony. Most of the locomotives can be seen for track maintenance trains, but more and more open access freight trains are operated.
In April 2008 it was announced that French incumbent operator SNCF took over 75% of the shares of ITL, in this way penetrating the German market. ITL is now part of Captrain, a subsidiary of SNCF.

Website: http://www.captrain.de/itl.html

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KC - KUBE CON rail GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

This company operates track maintenance trains in the former GDR. It used to be known as PBSV.

Website: http://www.kubecon.com/

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LDS - Logistik Diensleistungen Service GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

LDS operates work trains for track maintenance companies, mainly in northwestern Germany. The company is based in Eutin.

Website: http://www.ldsgmbh.de/

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LEG - Leipziger Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

This company operates track maintenance and building trains for other companies. It is based in Leipzig, and used to be known as ASP Schienenfahrzeugdienst.

Website: http://www.leipziger-eisenbahn.de/

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LGS - Lokomotion Gesellschaft für Schienentraktion mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2002):

This company, a subsidiary of Deutsche Kombiverkehr and RTC from Italy operates open access freight trains between Munich in Germany and Brenner in Austria (border with Italy). At this place Italian RTC takes over the trains.

Website: http://www.lokomotion-rail.de/

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LOCON - Logistik & Consulting AG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

LOCON mainly provides locomotives and crews for track maintenance trains and for shunting duties. The company is based in Berlin.

Website: http://www.locon-ag.de/

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LWB - Lappwaldbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2016):

The Lappwaldbahn was founded from the remains of a preservation society. It was founded to supply locomotives for work trains, and is based in Weferlingen.

In December 2015 Lappwaldbahn Service bough the railway lines Versmold-Ibbenbüren and the branch to Hafen Saerbeck from Teutoburger Wald Eisenbahn.

Website: http://www.lappwaldbahn.de/

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MGG - Matthäi Gleisbau GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This track maintenance company is based in Rostock. It used to be known as Bothe Gleisbau.

Website: http://www.matthaei.de/gleisbau.html

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MWB - Mittelweserbahn

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

This company, in fact the commercial branch of the DEV railway museum at Bruchhausen-Vilsen, rents out locomotives for work trains and industrial railways.
MWB ownes 45% of Austrian open-access freight operator SETG. In 2006 they took over the operations of trains previously operated by Rail Center Nürnberg (RCN). Also the locomotives of RCN are now with MWB.

Website: http://www.mittelweserbahn.de/

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PRESS - Eisenbahnbau- und Betriebsgesellschaft Preßnitztalbahn mbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (1997):

This company operates narrow gauge tourist trains on the remains of Wolkenstein-Jöhstadt, and leases standard gauge diesel locomotives to others.
From January 2008 PRESS operates the Rasender Roland steam trains on the island Rügen under the name Rügensche BäderBahn (see there).

Websites: http://www.pressnitztalbahn.com/ and http://www.ruegensche-baederbahn.de/

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RBG - Rennsteigbahn GmbH & Co. KG

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

This new company owns and operates the partly very steep railway line Ilmenau-Schleusingen-Themar. Tourist trains are operated by the Verein Dampfbahnfreunde mittlerer Rennsteig e.V. (DmR).

Website: http://www.rennsteigbahn.de/rbg/

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SGL - Schienen-Güter-Logistik GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2013):

SGL mainly operates track maintenance trains. SGL is a subsidiary of the Knape Group

Website: http://www.sgl-net.de/

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SLG - Spitzke Logistik GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2000):

Also Spitzke operates locomotives for maintenance companies.

Website: http://www.spitzke.de/

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STRABAG - STRABAG SE (Eivel)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

In 2006 EiveL (Eichholz Verkehr & Logistik GmbH) was in financial trouble and it was taken over by the large construction company STRABAG. With this move STRABAG entered the rail building and maintenance market. The rail department is based in Berlin and in Lauda-Königshofen.

Website: http://www.strabag.de/

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TSD - Transport-Schienen-Dienst GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This new company is 50% owned by EBM, and 50% by Burbacher Hering-Bau GmbH. It operates maintenance trains in entire Germany.

Website: http://www.tsd-bahn.de/

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Wiebe Gleisbau GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This track maintenance company is based in Achim close to Bremen.

Website: http://www.wiebe.de/

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ZGG - Zürcher Gleisbau GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

This track maintenance company is based in Meißenheim.

Website: http://www.zuercher.de/

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ALS - Alstom Lokomotiven Service GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2001):

In 2002 Alstom took over the DBAG Stendal works. ALS leases/hires locomotives to operators, mainly rebuilt DBAG class 202.

Website: http://www.alstom.de/

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AT - Alpha Trains

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

From 1 January 2010 former Angel Trains International is known as Alpha Trains. Angel Trains had two subsidiaries, one for locomotives (Angel Trains Cargo) and one for passenger trains (Angel Trains Europe). The last one is 10% owned by Vossloh AG. The company used to be known as LC - Locomotion Capital, but was renamed in 2003.

Website: http://www.alphatrains.eu/

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Bombardier Transportation (former Lokpool)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2013):

Adtranz (now Bombardier) and a leasing company formed a subsidiary Lokpool for leasing/hiring locomotives to private railways. This has been disbanded and is now operated by Bombardier Transportation itself. The long-term lease stock can (only) be found at the company that operates it.

Website: http://bombardier.com/de/transportation/

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BRLL - Beacon Rail Leasing Ltd.

Network length, gauge and electrification (2011):

Beacon Rail has taken over the locomotives formerly ownd by BTMU Capital Corporation Boston and Bank of Tokyo/Mitsubishi. They have also acquired HSBC Rail Ltd. in March 2009. Since January 2009 this company leases freight locomotives to companies all over Europe. In 2016 the leasing business of Ascendos Rail (former Porterbrook) based in Luxemburg was taken over.

Website: http://www.beaconrail.com/

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ESG - Eisenbahn-Service-Gesellschaft

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

This company hires out second-hand rolling stock to other companies. It is based in Rudersberg.

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GG - Gleiskraft GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2004):

After the bankrupcy of EBM, Gleiskraft took over some of the stock. This stock is mainly hired to track maintenance or track building companies.

Website: http://www.gleiskraft.de/

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HUSA - HUSA Transportation (former RAR)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2013):

This company used to be known as Rent-a-Rail, hiring second-hand locomotives to other companies. It is now part of HUSA from The Netherlands.

Website: http://www.husatransportation.com/

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MER - Macquarie European Rail (former Porterbrook)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2013):

In early 2010 CB Rail Leasing was sold and renamed into Ascendos Rail Leasing. CB Rail itself still existed and was later sold to Macquarie, a large international investor.

Website: http://www.macquarierail.com/

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MRCE - MRCE GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2008):

In 2007 Mitsui Rail Capital Europe B.V. (based in Rotterdam in The Netherlands) bought Dispolok from Siemens. In March 2008 all locomotive leasing activities were combined in MRCE Dispolok GmbH seated in München, Germany. In 2012 the company was renamed into MRCE GmbH, but leases are actually made with MCRE B.V. in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Website: http://www.mrce.eu/

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RP - Railpool GmbH

Network length, gauge and electrification (2009):

Railpool is a new player (2009) on the locomotive lease market. They have already ordered 58 Bombardier TRAXX locomotives, with an option for 80 more. The company is based in München.

Website: http://www.railpool.eu/

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Vossloh Locomotives GmbH (former Lokomotion)

Network length, gauge and electrification (2013):

Lokomotion GmbH was the leasing company of Vossloh (VSFT) that mostly leased new Vossloh (former MaK) locomotives to operating companies. This has now been renamed back into the name of the parent company.

Website: http://www.vossloh-locomotives.com/

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Last update: 22-07-2017