cantus transport company

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cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH
Logo of the Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft
Basic information
Company headquarters kassel
Web presence
Reference year 2019
owner 50% Hessische Landesbahn GmbH
50% BeNEX GmbH
Managing directors Eduard Bock, Susanne Wenzel
Transport network LNVG , NVV , RMV , VSN
Employee 130
Gauge 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
railroad 4th
number of vehicles
Railcar 21st
Mileage 4.2 million km per year
Stops 46
Length of line network
Railway lines 287 km
Operating facilities
Depots Kassel Wilhelmshöhe

The Cantus public transport company ltd ( lat. Cant (h) us : "iron wheel tire, rim"), headquartered in Kassel is a German railway company . It is a joint subsidiary of Hessische Landesbahn GmbH (HLB) and BeNEX GmbH .


Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH was founded on December 2, 2005 , in which Hamburger Hochbahn AG and HLB each held 50 percent. After the Northeast Hesse network was awarded to HLB in April 2005, cantus started operations on December 10, 2006, initially for ten years. After HHA's local rail passenger transport activities were outsourced to BeNEX GmbH , this company took over the HHA stake in mid-2007.

After the new tender for the unchanged Northeast Hesse network from December 11, 2016 for 15 years on June 5, 2013, cantus was again awarded the contract on March 24, 2014. Since then, an annual traffic performance of 3.9 million train kilometers has been achieved with 21 electric multiple units of the Stadler FLIRT type .


Network cantus

Cantus took over local rail transport on the following routes in December 2006:

line Train run Routes traveled
RB 5 Kassel - Melsungen - Bebra - Bad Hersfeld - Fulda Bebra – Baunatal-Guntershausen
railway line Bebra – Fulda railway line
RB 6 Bebra - Gerstungen - Eisenach Halle – Bebra railway line
RB 7 Göttingen - Eichenberg - Eschwege - Bebra (- Bad Hersfeld - Fulda) Bebra – Göttingen railway line
RB 8 Göttingen - Eichenberg - Hann. Münden - Kassel Railway line Göttingen – Bebra
Railway line Halle – Hann. Münden
Hannöversche Südbahn

The lines RB7 and RB8 are winged between Göttingen and Eichenberg .

The RB8 line was called R1 until December 2015 . Until December 2017, the regional train lines of the NVV also carried the product designation "R", since then the nationwide predominant designation "RB" has been used for them.

In addition, cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft took part in the tender for regional transport in the Bavarian sub-network Würzburg, which extends in one line to Schlüchtern south of Fulda , but was defeated by DB Regio AG in the competition procedure . The application for the “Saale-Thuringia-Südharz” network, which was awarded to Abellio Rail Central Germany , was equally unsuccessful .

FLIRT multiple unit of cantus in Baunatal-Guntershausen


14 three- and 6 four-part electric multiple units of the Stadler FLIRT type were ordered for operation, which will be used on the four lines. The three-part vehicles have 343 seats and standing places (including 167 seats), the four-part vehicles 457 seats and standing places (including 219 seats). They have the designation 427 (middle part: 827) in the three-part version, 428 (middle part: 828) in the four-part version. Since they have already been delivered earlier, the vehicles reversed in November 2006 to test drive on the Friedberg-Hanau railway (operated by the HLB) and the timetable Route 209.60 Berlin-Lichtenberg - Eberswalde - Frankfurt (Oder) by the, ODEG is operated on which the HHA is involved.

Another four-part multiple unit was purchased in the summer of 2012. A total of 21 vehicles are now available. Half of the vehicles are owned by HLB and half by HHA.


The announcements in the trains were spoken by Helga Bayertz .

Web links

Commons : Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Overview Cantus. cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH, accessed on December 14, 2018 .
  2. ^ Sebastian Bosch: The cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH . In: Bahn-Report . tape 35 , no. 205 , January 1, 2017, ISSN  0178-4528 , p. 26-27 .