Hit by a cutback in industrial production and a slump in commuting, the German Federal Railway is making changes to control its already enormous financial losses. Three articles are included. Dr. Vaerst makes a plea for political decision, details how passenger and freight services are being reorganized to improve quality and productivity, stressing the need for definitive government policy on the social tasks the railway must perform. IC speed-up heralds switch to regular-interval services by R. Scotland, explains how three interwoven levels of service will offer long-distance passengers a wider choice of departure times, while admission of second class to Inter-City trains will immediately raise travel speeds up to 30 percent for a significant number of DB customers. Market research identified need for faster, more frequent service with more through coaches. Fares will be more flexible. Streamlining the freight business discusses rationalization to win back traffic from roads and cut costs. Greater emphasis will be placed on intermodal services and unit trains along with reduction in number of yards. Faster and more reliable service, not lower tariffs, is what shippers want.

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    IPC Transport Press, Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1978-10

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  • Accession Number: 00183710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1978 12:00AM