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TS18: Take the Train to Frankfurt…

…with the Mannheim – Frankfurt Railway, coming soon to Train Simulator as an extension to 2015’s popular Rhine Valley Railway: Mannheim – Karlsruhe route.

Known as the Riedbahn, after the local Hessian Ried which it traverses in South Hesse, the line between Frankfurt and Mannheim dates back to the late 1860s, when it was decided to link Darmstadt with Worms. This formed the bulk of the route, with extensions to Mannheim and Frankfurt opening in 1879 – the latter of which was initially just a branch line.

In 1880, the opening of another line permitted through traffic beyond Mannheim and down to Karlsruhe, although these services had to reverse to do so until a new western approach into Mannheim was opened 105 years later. The line would also be electrified in its lifetime, and be upgraded to allow 200 km/h operation along certain sections, making it ideal for inter-city traffic.

The Riedbahn was quickly established as a key corridor, seeing an increasing number of trains as the years went by, which today makes it one of the busiest lines in Germany. Despite freight typically taking a different route, the Riedbahn sees hundreds of passenger trains daily; regional, inter-city and inter-city express services pass through at a constant rate, connecting Frankfurt and Mannheim with other destinations such as Karlsruhe, Cologne, Berlin, and even Paris.

In Train Simulator, when combined with the Rhine Valley Railway, the ultimate in diverse operations shall await with the Mannhiem – Frankfurt extension; ICE services along the entire 138km route, regional and S-Bahn services between each city, often on alternate lines, combine that with the massive freight yard at Mannheim, plus subsequent connections, and you have a package full with variety and mileage to enjoy.

For the route we even already have a brand new add-on in the works, which we will talk about at a later date, we Don’t think you’ll want to miss this one (but blink and you might)!

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