Rail network

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German rail network              Main lines              Branch lines

Rail network refers to the entirety of the interlinked rail- bound traffic routes ( railway lines ) that exist in a limited area, a geographic or political region . The degree of access is characterized by the network density . The network structure is represented by the line network plan . For some time now, the route networks for passenger transport have mostly been operated in regular intervals and divided into lines (with line numbers ).

A distinction is usually made between the following sub-networks:

"Rail network 2025/2030 - expansion concept for efficient rail freight transport in Germany" is the title of a study commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency that was published in August 2010.

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Web links

Wiktionary: Rail network  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Commons : Maps of the German rail network  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Maps of the rail network by country  - collection of images, videos and audio files


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