Cable fire in Hamburg: long-distance rail traffic still disrupted – News

Status: 05/15/2022 09:46 a.m

A cable duct was also damaged in an embankment fire at Hamburg’s Sternschanze train station on Thursday evening. The consequences for long-distance rail travel continue: There are still cancellations and delays.

Deutsche Bahn expects disruptions in long-distance traffic until late in the afternoon. The company informs on its website about the current impairments. Travelers should inquire there in advance about their connections.

AUDIO: Disruptions in rail traffic until Sunday (1 min)

Several ICE connections affected

According to Deutsche Bahn, several ICE lines are affected. On the route Kiel / Lübeck – Hamburg – Hanover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – southern Germany, there are failures between northern Germany and Hanover. The ICE trains Kiel/Hamburg – Hanover – Frankfurt/M – Stuttgart/Switzerland start and end in Hamburg. The ICE trains Hamburg – Berlin – Erfurt – Munich run between Hamburg and Berlin every hour. ICE/IC/EC trains Hamburg – Bremen – Cologne – Southern Germany start/end in Hamburg-Harburg instead of Hamburg-Altona. The EC trains Hamburg – Berlin – Dresden – Prague start and end in Berlin.

1,000-wire copper cable being repaired

Deutsche Bahn (DB) workers work on the tracks near the Sternschanze S-Bahn station at the scene of the fire.  Due to a cable fire in Hamburg, long-distance traffic is severely impaired.  © dpa Photo: Jonas Walzberg

Small fire, big impact: A cable through which all communication runs is damaged.

The cable fire was near the Sternschanze train station – on the so-called connecting train, which runs from Altona via Diebsteich, Sternschanze and Dammtor to the main station. It is one of the busiest routes nationwide. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but the police are currently not assuming external influence. The entire communication on this route between the signal boxes runs over the affected cable, the railway said. About the points and the signals would be controlled. According to the railway spokeswoman, the cable is a 1,000-wire copper cable. That would be very difficult to get back. The extensive repair work continues.

Already on Friday many failures

There had already been massive disruptions on Friday. People were queuing in Hamburg’s train stations, and long queues formed in front of the information desks.

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