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vlexx GmbH
Vlexx logo.svg
Basic information
Company headquarters Mainz
Web presence www.vlexx.de
Reference year 2015
owner Regentalbahn
Managing directors Frank Höhler
Transport network RMV , RNN , SaarVV , VRM and VRN
Employee 290 (as of Oct. 2016)
Gauge 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
railroad 18th
number of vehicles
Railcar 45 Alstom Coradia LINT 54
18 Alstom Coradia LINT 81

21 Bombardier Talent 3
4 Siemens Desiro Classic (rented from Die Länderbahn )
12 Class 425 (rented from Saarland )
8 Class 426 (rented from Saarland)

Mileage 6.4 million km per year (DNSW)
2.3 million km per year (ENS)
Length of line network
Railway lines ~ 620 kmdep1
Operating facilities
Depots Mainz-Hartenberg-Münchfeld
Company headquarters and depot in Mainz
Alstom Coradia LINT 81 in Mainz
Alstom Coradia LINT 54 from vlexx at InnoTrans 2014
The Alsace Express from vlexx in Wissembourg

The vlexx GmbH is a railway company based in Mainz and a subsidiary of Regentalbahn which through the parent company in turn since 2011 Netinera the Italian state railway Ferrovie dello Stato belongs. Vlexx operates local rail passenger transport in Rhineland-Palatinate , Saarland and Hesse as well as a connection to Alsace on the railway line from Winden to Wissembourg station .


The company name was "DNSW" when it was founded in 2012 and was derived from the route network, the "Diesel Network Southwest", whose cornerstones are the Rhineland-Palatinate cities of Mainz, Koblenz , Worms , Kaiserslautern and Idar-Oberstein as well as Saarbrücken in Saarland and Frankfurt am Main in Hesse are. At the weekend in the summer season there is also a pair of trains to Wissembourg in Alsace .

Idar-Oberstein station with VLEXX train

From the beginning, the name DNSW was only intended as a temporary solution. In a naming competition in January 2014, the public could take part in finding a name. A suitable name was sought to underline the company's regional connection. The choice fell on vlexx, the four-country express .


Tendering of the diesel network

At the end of February 2012, the Regentalbahn was chosen by the regional rail passenger transport association Rhineland-Palatinate South as the winner of the tender "Diesel Network Southwest - Lot 2" . Since the regular timetable change 2014/2015 on 14 December 2014, the company operates in order for 22.5 years until June 2037 trains on the lines Mainz-Alzey - Kirchheimbolanden , Frankfurt-Mainz - Bad Kreuznach Idar-Oberstein-Saarbrücken ( Regional Express ), Mainz – Bad Kreuznach– Kaiserslautern (a regional express train pair in the weekday rush hour ) and Mainz – Idar-Oberstein– Baumholder / Neubrücke . Since December 2014, the company's services have thus covered 6.1 million train kilometers per year. In addition, another Regional Express line was introduced on the Kaiserslautern - Bad Kreuznach - Bingen - Koblenz route in December 2016 , which means that 6.4 million train kilometers per year can now be covered. The diesel power Southwest includes non-electrified main and branch lines in Rhineland-Palatinate and connects in rail transport , in particular the regions of Rheinhessen , Nahe , the West Palatinate and Saarland with the Rhine-Main area and the centers of Mainz, Rüsselsheim am Main and Frankfurt, as well as the Frankfurt airport .

The train services are a total of 63 diesel railcars the type LINT 54 and LINT 81 down. In the meantime, the Regentalbahn founded a subsidiary with DNSW, to which the provision of the traffic was transferred. The DNSW was later renamed vlexx as part of a competition. The first new vlexx trains have been running on the future operating routes since July 2014.

Problems with taking over operations in the diesel network

On November 27, 2014 it became known that vlexx did not have enough train drivers to operate all train services at the 2014/2015 timetable change. The former operator of the route, DB Regio , was therefore commissioned by vlexx to operate individual train services.

When operations were taken over on December 15, there were massive train cancellations and sometimes hours of delays. As a result, an emergency timetable was published on December 17th, with which only around 50% of all train services were served. In addition, the managing directors were recalled and replaced by Arnulf Schuchmann, who is managing director of ODEG , partly also belonging to the Netinera group. On January 6, 2015, the emergency timetable was gradually expanded so that around 90% of all train services could be operated again from January 12. Since the beginning of March 2015, all contractually agreed connections have been served. This includes in particular the reactivated route between Heimbach and Baumholder , which was only served by a replacement bus.

After Vlexx took over the last service from DB Regio on July 1, 2015 with a six-month delay (RE Bodenheim – Kaiserslautern), there were again train cancellations due to a lack of staff. This affected five connections that were taken over by DB Regio and Transregio during the Rhineland-Palatinate summer vacation or that failed completely.

Invitation to tender from the E-Netz Saar

On January 9, 2017, the task authority MWAEV announced that vlexx had won Lot 2 of the Saar-RB E-Netz, which comprises 2.3 million train kilometers . The RB lines Saarbrücken – Neubrücke, Saarbrücken – Neunkirchen (Saar) –Homburg and Homburg – Illingen are then operated. These are to be served by 21 Talent 3 electric multiple units. However, due to the delay in delivery of the Talent 3 vehicles by the vehicle manufacturer, used electric vehicles of the type 425/426 are being rented from the transport authority. The lot also includes the currently unelectrified line from Saarbrücken to Lebach-Jabach. This is to be operated initially with diesel multiple units of the Desiro Classic type , electrification was planned for the year 2024, from then on the electric multiple units of the Talent 3 type should also operate there. As an alternative, the use of a battery-electric multiple unit based on the Talent 3 is planned.

Problems with taking over operations in the E-Netz

One of the DB class 426 railcars rented by Vlexx in the Türkismühle station

Problems also arose with the takeover of operations in the E-Netz. In the run-up to the takeover, it was announced that due to delivery problems, the old vehicles of the 425 and 426 series previously used by the DB would be rented and used from Saarland until the vehicles ordered were fully available.

Due to the lack of staff and the training on the rented vehicles, a number of trips that were actually planned were deleted from the timetable with the takeover. In addition, there were repeated calls to be made in operation due to a lack of staff. From February 1, 2020, Deutsche Bahn will again take over services to ensure regular operation.

Current lines

line course comment
RE 2 Koblenz - Mainz - Frankfurt only individual services
RE 3 Frankfurt - Mainz - Idar-Oberstein - Saarbrücken
RE 4 Frankfurt - Frankfurt-Höchst - Mainz only individual services
RE 13 Frankfurt - Mainz - Alzey - Kirchheimbolanden
RE 15 Bodenheim - Mainz - Bad Kreuznach - Kaiserslautern
RE 17 Koblenz - Bingen - Bad Kreuznach - Kaiserslautern
RB 31 Mainz - Alzey - Kirchheimbolanden
RB 33 (Wiesbaden– / Worms– / Frankfurt–) Mainz - Bad Kreuznach - Idar-Oberstein
RB 34 Kirn - Idar-Oberstein - Baumholder
RB 35 Worms - Alzey - Bingen only individual services
RB 44 Mainz - Worms
RB 53 Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Wissembourg
RB 72 Saarbrücken - Illingen - Lebach-Jabach
RB 73 Saarbrücken - Neunkirchen - Neubrücke
RB 74 Homburg - Neunkirchen - Illingen
RB 76 Saarbrücken - Neunkirchen - Homburg
Excursion train Koblenz - Bad Kreuznach - Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Wissembourg Wine Route Express
(April to October only)
Excursion train Mainz - Alzey - Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Wissembourg (- Strasbourg) Alsace Express
(only April to October)

Client and transport associations

The clients and contractual partners of Vlexx for these services are:

The vlexx lines operate on routes in the Rhein-Main, Rhein-Nahe , saarVV , Rhein-Neckar and Rhein-Mosel transport associations .

Vlexx & go

Since 2017, vlexx has been offering the excursion portal "vlexx und los", which offers a wide range of excursion destinations in the Rhine-Main region. The line offered by vlexx is also displayed for each leisure destination. Events and timetables have also been published on this Internet portal since 2018 .

Web links

Commons : vlexx  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Vlexx website: Our vlexx team is looking for reinforcements . Retrieved October 31, 2016
  2. Change at the top of the company at vlexx GmbH. Frank Höhler replaces Arnulf Schuchmann as the new vlexx managing director. vlexx GmbH, April 28, 2015, accessed on May 2, 2015 .
  3. a b Vlexx website: page no longer available , search in web archives: Vlexx - the new train for the southwest . Press release of March 20, 2014, accessed on November 19, 2014 (PDF file, 203 kB)@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.vlexx.de
  4. Company. (No longer available online.) In: vlexx.de. Archived from the original on November 22, 2014 ; Retrieved November 19, 2014 .
  5. vlexx GmbH. In: vlexx.de. Retrieved August 9, 2019 .
  6. ^ Rhineland-Palatinate cycle on the Nahe, in Rheinhessen and the Palatinate is being improved. ZSPNV Süd, February 29, 2012, accessed on July 16, 2013 .
  7. Sales contract for DNSW vehicles concluded at InnoTrans in Berlin. (No longer available online.) In: vlexx.de. September 20, 2012, archived from the original on November 13, 2014 ; Retrieved November 19, 2014 .
  8. New Vlexx trains start test drives. (No longer available online.) In: vlexx.de. July 11, 2014, archived from the original on November 29, 2014 ; Retrieved November 19, 2014 .
  9. Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz: Vlexx is only partially ready to go - lack of staff at the private rail operator . Allgemeine Zeitung of November 27, 2014
  10. ^ "Vlexx: Many individual problems apparently led to the system collapse" , online edition of the Rhein-Zeitung from December 16, 2014, accessed on January 10, 2015
  11. Change of boss after vlexx false start SWR Nachrichten of December 23, 2014
  12. Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz: Train traffic normalizes . Allgemeine Zeitung from January 13, 2015
  13. vlexx is running normally again - starting difficulties overcome on January 23, 2015 on swr.de.
  14. Emergency program for vlexx trains that fail during the Rhineland-Palatinate summer vacation . Local rail transport association
  15. Bombardier and vlexx sign a contract for the delivery of 21 TALENT 3 trains for operation in Saarland. Bombardier Transportation, March 31, 2017, accessed April 4, 2017 .
  16. ENS vehicles. Retrieved December 22, 2019 .
  17. Decision in the award procedure Elektro-Netz Saar RB. Press release from January 9th, 2017 - 11:15 am. (No longer available online.) Department of the Economy, Labor, Energy and Transport, January 9, 2017, archived from the original January 12, 2017 ; accessed on January 13, 2017 .
  18. sol.de: Train cancellations at vlexx, Deutsche Bahn should now help out. Retrieved January 20, 2020 .