Another fire on the Hamburg railway line

The fire brigade had to move out again on Sunday evening to the tracks on the so-called connecting railway, which runs between Altona and the main station. A few days ago there was a cable fire on the same route, which continues to cause numerous long-distance train cancellations.

According to a railway spokesman, the fire brigade arrived around 6:10 p.m. to extinguish a fire between the tracks. Line S21 had to be diverted through the city tunnel for a short time.

Another fire on the Hamburg railway line

This time, according to the fire department, a burning piece of wood was the trigger for the operation. It is not yet clear why the wood caught fire.


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According to Deutsche Bahn, long-distance traffic will still be affected until Sunday evening due to the first fire on Thursday, but the second fire will have no additional effects. The first fire affected a thick copper cable that had to be repaired at great expense.

Continued restrictions on long-distance traffic

“The repair work after the first embankment fire has recently been completed. Traffic is resumed. However, there may still be restrictions on long-distance traffic,” said the railway spokesman on Sunday evening at MOPO. The cause of this fire is still unclear.

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The transport company advises travelers to check the Bahn-Homepage or to inform them about their connections by calling the travel information desk. The following connections are currently affected:

  • ICE trains Kiel/Hamburg – Hanover – Frankfurt/Main – Stuttgart/Switzerland start/end in Hamburg.
  • ICE trains Kiel/Lübeck – Hamburg – Hanover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – southern Germany are occasionally canceled between northern Germany and Hannover Hbf.
  • ICE trains Hamburg – Berlin – Erfurt – Munich run between Hamburg and Berlin only every hour.
  • EC trains Hamburg – Berlin – Dresden – Prague start/end in Berlin.
  • ICE/IC/EC trains Hamburg – Bremen – Cologne – Southern Germany start/end in Hamburg-Harburg instead of Hamburg-Altona.

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