Hear the signal, Berlin!

The first on-rail demonstration - HVLE was part of this special journey.

The 20 locomotives started around 11:20 a.m. in Wustermark and then travelled via Spandau, Charlottenburg and Zoo to Berlin Central Station. Afterwards, the train continued via Friedrichstrasse, Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof to Grünau, where it changed direction.

The train then continued on Berlin's inner ring via Südkreuz to Westhafen. A press conference was held there at around 2pm. According to Mr Westenberger (Managing Director of the Network of European Railways), the aim of the demonstration was as follows:

"With our special journey, we are taking three messages to the government. First: There are many freight railways, and we are all hard-working and committed.
Second, with regard to the planned aid during the Corona crisis, the federal government must not treat Deutsche Bahn competitors worse than how they treat Deutsche Bahn itself.
Third, more political pressure is required to increase rail transport in order to relieve road congestion from freight."