‘Just make the trains run on time’: Germans turn on Deutsche Bahn

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Cancelled trains and lengthy delays have turned a once-trusted railway system into a source of national shame

Cancelled trains, lengthy delays, cracked bridges and wildcat strikes by disgruntled employees – a trail of chaos in recent months has caused Deutsche Bahn (DB) to become the butt of jokes and withering complaints.

Once the pride of the German state that owns it and the envy of much of the rest of the world, Germany’s national rail network is showing considerable signs of strain and decline amid accusations of chronic underinvestment in its infrastructure.

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