The Regionalbahn (abbreviated RB) is a type of
regional trainin Germany.Regionalbahn trains usually call at all stations on a given line, with the exception of RB trains within S-Bahnnetworks, these may only call at selected stations. They thusly rank below the Regional-Expresstrain, which stops only at major stations on a route.
RB trains are subject to franchising by the federal states of Germany; whilst many RB trains are still operated by
DB Regio, franchises often go to other companies, like Veolia Verkehr, eurobahn, Abellio Railor metronom.
RB services make use of vastly different types of rolling stock; on electrified lines,
double-deckcars or EMUs may be used, on non-electrified lines one will often find Class 218 locomotives with Silberlingcars or newer DMUs like the Bombardier TALENT.
There is no obligation to use the term "Regionalbahn" for basic local services; some private rail operators therefore use their own names to denote their trains.
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