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This article was published on May 20, 2022

Deutsche Bahn wants to bring the comforts of home to the train carriage

It could do with some disco lights, however


Deutsche Bahn wants to bring the comforts of home to the train carriage
Cate Lawrence
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Cate Lawrence

Cate Lawrence is an Australian tech journo living in Berlin. She focuses on all things mobility: ebikes, autonomous vehicles, VTOL, smart ci Cate Lawrence is an Australian tech journo living in Berlin. She focuses on all things mobility: ebikes, autonomous vehicles, VTOL, smart cities, and the future of alternative energy sources like electric batteries, solar, and hydrogen.

Transport operators are always looking at ways to increase passenger levels. And making comfortable carriages that offer a great user experience is the way forward. This week German long-distance rail operator Deutsche-Bahn launched images of a new interior redesign, part of their goal to modernize and improve the passenger experience.

There’s a lot of wood, warm, natural colors, and modern fabrics to help you pretend you aren’t sitting near other people. It looks pretty cool and I am feeling like a big old train nerd fangirling over some pretty sick features.  Let’s check it out:

 

The dining carriage
Finally, a laptop stand!
Looking pretty roomy

Not Deutsche-Bahn’s first design rodeo

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However, this train is nice and all but let’s face it, it’s pretty conventional. This is not Deutsche-Bahn’s first attempt at transforming the train interior and, with it, the passenger experience. In 2017, the company created Der Ideenzug, a prototype train that blends work, home, and traveling by train.

To be honest, I kinda liked it better, especially the neon for a nighttime disco feel:

Neon makes everything look cool

Interestingly, the inside included sports cabins with digital fitness trainers, family play equipment, kitchens, bistro benches and tables, game consoles, TVs for watching sports, and more. Nice.

You’ll never miss the football again
A workout carriage with a digital fitness coach
Digital screens on the windows offer real-time information
Private pods for phone calls and escaping noisy passengers. Hell yes

 

Window lighting is adjusted digitally. Importantly, the seats turn in different directions, so you’ll never have to travel backward 

I guess it‘s all about balancing the budget, not to mention the goal to carry the maximum number of people. After all, an exercise carriage means a lot less room for paid seats. We also know that Deutsche-Bahn and other rail operators globally suffered a massive downturn in paying customers during the pandemic, so there’s a lot less room for frills.

The first train with the new interior will be available for travel in December. It’s not as sexy as it could be, but I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

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