[DE] FlixMobility launches FlixTrain on Hamburg – Cologne route

This morning, the very first official FlixTrain service has started. Around 8.30 the first train, in a new green FlixTrain design, left Hamburg with destination Köln. The low-cost train service also halts at Osnabrück, Münster, Gelsenkirchen, Essen, Duisburg and Düsseldorf. 

FlixMobility has decided to enter the railway market to complement its long-haul bus network (FlixBus). Until last year the route mentioned above was served by the ‘hkx’ or Hamburg-Köln-Express.

The train show in the title image is the first rake in full FlixTrain design. It is MRCE locomotive ES 64 U2-005 and passenger coaches property of BahnTouristikExpress (BTE). The coaches previously had the red-blue BTE livery or where light-grey with red (former DB Autozug design).

The first Flixtrain train the day before the official launch – Hannover 22.03.2018 – Photo: Christian Stolze

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