Archive for January 2011

The Berlin S-Bahn Meltdown

German magazine “Der Spiegel” today includes a huge article about the current chaos on Berlin’s S-Bahn system. In case you haven’t heard about it, less than half of the EMUs of this important commuter rail system are available for service, due to technical defects,, so DB had to make drastic cuts to the timetable, including stopping some lines completely. This has been going on, with various amounts of problems, since the middle of 2009, and has now hit a new low after it was better during the summer. A detailed article about this in one of Germany’s leading magazines should really be something, right? If you regularly follow railroad news, then of course you wouldn’t expect any new information, except perhaps background stories involving key persons, but at least a good summary. You get… nothing.