Every year we plan a few big trips together, Timothy and I. When we heard ÖBB’s proposal to launch Nightjet service to Brussels in December 2019 we jumped on the occasion and included a ride back home from Austria to Belgium on the Nightjet after our autumn Berlin, Czechia and Slovakia trip. However as we all know in early 2020 an annoying new coronavirus COVID-19, appeared and shook up travel all over the world. We changed our plans to an itinerary in ‘safe’ Germany including stops in Leipzig, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Munich, Lindau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen from where we would take a short train ride to Innsbruck to board our Nightjet back home.
To get from Nuremberg to our next stop in Regensburg we took one of the shortest train rides of this trip on a Red DB Regio double decker along the mainline heading for Austria. The landscape itself is hilly and rural and has some quite enjoyable views. The line was opened in 1869, double tracked in 1894-1895 and electrified in 1950.
The train is a typical DB Regio train with standard double decker coaches pushed and pulled by a Bombardier Traxx electric locomotive. All coaches have a low floor entrance with a multifunctional compartment for bikes, wheelchairs and strollers downstairs while the upper level provides a more normal seating layout. Of course we sat upstairs for the better views.
The passenger information system also took us back to a time before Corona, as it kept insisting it was 2001.
It was a nice, short but enjoyable ride.