Above/featured: Berlin Hauptbahnhof – 9 Dec 2015 (6D1). Departing from track 3 is ICE 554 to Köln (front-half) and ICE 544 to Düsseldorf (back-half); trains split in the town of Hamm.
June 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of high-speed Intercity Express (ICE) service on German rail.
In the 1991 vs. 2021 comparison graphic provided by Deutsche Bahn, I’ve marked in green the ICE routes upon which I’ve made dozens of trips since late-2001 (when I moved to Heidelberg). Even after leaving in 2003, frequent annual trips back to Germany meant spending a lot of time planted on express trains across the country. Arriving in Europe mostly meant flying into Frankfurt am Main airport, from which I’d travel:
- Frankfurt to Berlin, via Kassel
- Frankfurt to Heidelberg, via Mannheim
- Frankfurt to Köln
- Frankfurt to Munich, via Stuttgart
- Berlin to Frankfurt, via Kassel
- Berlin to Köln, via Hannover
- Köln to Berlin, via Hannover
- Köln to Frankfurt
- Munich to Frankfurt, via Stuttgart
Over the last few years, the express stretch between Erfurt and Halle/Leipzig has vastly improved the Berlin-Frankfurt and Berlin-Munich routes, cutting the one-way travel time for each route by about one hour. Except for the Erfurt-Halle/Leipzig stretch, I’ve travelled on every “Stundentakt” ICE route (thick red/green in the graphic below).
I made three images above with a Canon EOS6D mark1 (6D1). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-l60.