Abellio Rail NRW


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Abellio Deutschland was formed by the
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public transit company (
, today part of Ruhrbahn) in 2004. In 2005, British investment company Star Capital Partners purchased a 75% share in Abellio from the City of Essen. In December 2008, both sold their shares to NedRailways. The Abellio brand was later rolled out to replace the NedRailways brand internationally.



As at December 2016, Abellio Deutschland operated 18 lines over 978 kilometres with a fleet of 86 trains.Welcome to Abellio
Abellio February 2017

Abellio Rail NRW

Abellio Rail NRW was founded in September 2005. It operates several regional railway lines in
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. The NRW network stretches from
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, from
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and Iserlohn station, Iserlohn via Hagen Hauptbahnhof, Hagen as well as from Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof, Wuppertal to Solingen Hauptbahnhof, Solingen via Remscheid Hauptbahnhof, Remscheid (line S7 (Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn), S7). In December 2016, it commenced operating along the Lower Rhine network between Arnhem Centraal railway station, Arnhem in The Netherlands and Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, Düsseldorf / Mönchengladbach-Lürrip station, Mönchengladbach and Bocholt railway station, Bocholt. From December 2018, it has operated the Rhine-Ruhr-Express with the Rhein-Hellweg-Express (RE11) and from June 2020, it will operate the NRW-Express (RE1). Both will run until December 2033. In December 2016, Abellio NRW commenced operating a 12-year concession to operate Niederrhein-Netz services using the Oberhausen–Arnhem railway covering the Rhein-IJssel-Express (RE19), Arnhem Centraal railway station, Arnhem – Zevenaar – Emmerich station, Emmerich – Wesel station, Wesel – Oberhausen Hauptbahnhof, Oberhausen – Duisburg Hauptbahnhof, Duisburg – Düsseldorf Airport station, Düsseldorf Airport – Düsseldorf and the Emscher-Niederrhein-Bahn (RB35), Mönchengladbach-Lürrip station, Mönchengladbach – Krefeld Hauptbahnhof, Krefeld – Wesel station, Wesel. In April 2017 the former was extended into the Netherlands to Arnhem Centraal railway station, Arnhem. In December 2019, it will commence operating lines S2 (Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn), S2, S3 (Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn), S3 and S9 (Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn), S9 of the Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn network with 29 Stadler Flirts.

Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland

Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland commenced operating the Saale-Thuringia-Südharz (STS) electric network since December 2015 on a 15-year contract, over ten lines with a route length of 575 kilometres. The network extends from Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof, Halle to Erfurt Hauptbahnhof, Erfurt, Eisenach station, Eisenach and Kassel Hauptbahnhof, Kassel as well as from Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, Leipzig to Erfurt and Saalfeld station, Saalfeld. In December 2018, Abellio Deutschland will commence operating 12 routes in Saxony-Anhalt. These will be operated by 52 Alstom Coradia Lints.

Abellio Rail Baden-Württemberg

From June 2019 Abellio takes over some regional train lines in Baden Württemberg under a 13-year contract. Initially a fleet of 43 Bombardier Talent 2s were ordered. This was later increased by five. Abellio operates the following regional routes in Baden-Württemberg: * RB 17a Stuttgart - Mühlacker - Pforzheim (- Bad Wildbad*/Wilferdingen-Singen) * RE/RB 17b Stuttgart - Mühlacker- Bretten - Bruchsal - Heidelberg * RB 17c Stuttgart - Mühlacker - Bretten - Bruchsal * RE 10a Mannheim - Mosbach-Neckarelz - Heilbronn - Stuttgart - Tübingen * RE 10b Mannheim - Sinsheim (Elsenz) - Heilbronn - Stuttgart - Tübingen * RB 18 Osterburken - Heilbronn - Stuttgart - Tübingen * IRE 6 Stuttgart - Tübingen


Abellio Deutschland owned a 25% share in WestfalenBahn that was founded in 2005. In July 2017 this was increased to 100%.


In April 2013, Abellio Deutschland announced it would focus on rail transport and sell its three bus companies. In November 2013 VM and Werner were sold to Transport Capital with 220 buses. The remaining KVG business was sold to Rhenus (company), Rhenus Veniro and the Bautzen (district), District of Bautzen in October 2014 with 84 buses.Abellio sells the Dreiländereck to Oberlausitz
Abellio 29 October 2014 (German)


External links

Abellio Deutschland company website
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