Discover the projects of Digitale Schiene Deutschland

In order to achieve the goal of a digital rail system, new digital technologies must be introduced and work together smoothly in the system. We implement technologies in practice in numerous pilot projects – in the railway sector and together with industrial companies as well as universities and research institutes. This allows us to gain experience through tests and quickly identify implementation risks.


Our projects are divided into infrastructure projects and pilot & development projects. Click through the map and go on a journey of discovery.

Advanced Digital Infrastructure (ADI)

Together with European partners, Digitale Schiene Deutschland is developing "Advanced Digital Infrastructure", a new, train-oriented train protection system. Trains can then run at individual intervals depending on their current speed and length (so-called "moving blocks").


Ansbach-Triesdorf is one of the seven SLP projects. Here, the signalling, interlocking and level crossing technology is being modernised on the Bavarian line between Ansbach and Triesdorf as well as Leutershausen-Wiedersbach and Ansbach-Wicklesgreuth.

Automated Rail@DKS

The pilot project "Highly automated driving in the Stuttgart area" (ATO GoA2) is being implemented in the Stuttgart Digital Node (DKS) for S-Bahn and regional transport.


The "AutomatedTrain" cooperation project enables more flexible use of trains through automated upgrading and driverless driving for fully automated stabling and parking journeys. Intelligent sensors enable the vehicles to recognize their surroundings and react independently to obstacles - comparable to autonomous driving on the road.

Berlin outer ring gap closure

The Berlin outer ring is to be fully equipped with ETCS in order to close the gaps between the approaching lines. In conjunction with the surrounding projects, this will enable extensive interoperability of the control and safety technology. Three Trans-European Transport Network corridors run over the Berlin outer ring, which emphasises the great importance of the project for European rail freight transport.

Border crossing Belgium: Belgium – Aachen – Düren

The 46 km long track between Düren and Aachen as far as the Belgian border will be equipped with ETCS and digital interlocking.

Border crossing Czech Republic: Dresden - Schöna - Czech Republic

ETCS is being implemented on the Saxon route from Dresden via Schöna to the Czech border. The existing ESTW will be replaced by modern DSTW.

Border crossing Czech Republic: Schirnding - Marktredwitz

The introduction of ETCS is planned on the route between Arzberg-Schirnding and the Czech border. This first requires the modernisation of the existing control and safety technology. Among other things, this includes the installation of an electronic interlocking (ESTW: Elektronisches Stellwerk).

Border crossing Denmark: Padborg – Flensburg

The line in the area of the German-Danish border crossing will be equipped with ETCS Level 2 on the basis of the existing ESTW. The route section is highly relevant for the European freight transport network and the project will provide it with transnational and modern control and safety technology.

Border crossing Netherlands: Venlo - Viersen

On the Dutch border between Venlo and Viersen in North Rhine-Westphalia, ETCS Level 2 is being introduced and the associated renewal of the existing technology.

Border crossing Poland: Poland - Frankfurt/Oder - Erkner

The border connection line from Poland via Frankfurt/Oder to Erkner is to be equipped with ETCS in order to establish the cross-border interoperability of control and safety technology that is important for competitive rail freight traffic. As an elementary axis of the Trans-European North Sea – Baltic corridor, this will promote transit traffic between Western and Eastern Europe.

Capacity and Traffic Management System (CTMS)

An intelligent traffic management system is an important building block for the digitalization of network and train operations. In the event of disruptions to operations, a new AI-based "Capacity & Traffic Management System" (CTMS) will optimize train traffic in a matter of seconds.


The CLUG project (Certifiable Localization Unit with GNSS) is investigating the extent to which the GNSS global satellite navigation system can contribute to train detection and be integrated into the current standard (ERTMS - ERTMS/ETCS - European Train Control System).

Cologne–Rhine/Main high-speed line

The Cologne-Rhine/Main high-speed line is one of the three projects in the starter package. 20 years after the construction of the approximately 180 km long route, an upgrade is now due: the digitalisation of the LST. This involves the introduction of ETCS and the modernisation of the interlocking.

Computing Platforms

The digitalization of the rail sector requires computing platforms that are not only protected against cyber attacks and highly scalable, but must also be able to perform safety-critical calculations.

Consistent Digital Data Management in CCS Planning (D3iP)

The D3iP project acts as an acceleration measure for the rollout of DSTW and ETCS by standardising and digitalising the planning process and speeding it up as much as possible through future end-to-end digital data management.

Corridor Rhine-Alpine

As an important north-south axis, the corridor Rhine-Alpine links important seaports and economic areas in Europe and is part of the Trans-European Transport Network. The Federal Republic of Germany is obliged to equip the approximately 1,600 km long German section of the corridor with ETCS by 2040.

Corridor Scandinavian-Mediterranean (ScanMed)

By equipping the Corridor ScanMed with ETCS, an interoperable rail network will be created in the heart of Europe, enabling trans-European transit. This pioneering project connects important cities and economic areas in Germany with Scandinavia and the Mediterranean and thus marks a milestone in the expansion of cross-border traffic safety using ETCS. The Corridor ScanMed is part of the starter package.

Data Factory

A data factory is used to systematically generate, process and make available large volumes of necessary data for the various use cases of the digitalized rail system. One prominent use case is the training of systems that work with artificial intelligence (AI).

Digital interlocking (DSTW) Koblenz-Trier

As one of the first digital interlockings (DSTW) in the central region, which is of great importance for the regional, freight transport and tourism, the DSTW Koblenz-Trier contains a few particularities.

Digital interlocking (DSTW) Meitingen-Mertingen

As the first digital interlocking (DSTW) on a high-speed line of the Deutsche Bahn with speeds up to 200 km/h, the DSTW Meitingen-Mertingen replaces two relay stations.

Digital interlocking (DSTW) Warnemünde

The digital interlocking (DSTW) in Warnemünde replaced the existing relay station. Its the first digital interlocking technology in the long-distance and conurbation network in Germany that also controls long-distance passanger trains.

Digital interlocking Mönchengladbach

Rauten stehen symbolhaft für die Digitalisierung der Schiene

In the city Mönchengladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia, the existing relay interlocking technology is being replaced by a digital interlocking and ETCS Level 2 is being introduced.

Digital S-Bahn Hamburg

The first project to be implemented at Deutsche Bahn as part of the Group's "Digital Rail for Germany" program.

Digital twin for incident simulation

In the future, fully automated driving will require the sensors at the front of the train to detect objects in the track environment. An Artificial Intelligence (AI) then evaluates these in terms of their criticality. It decides whether they are regular or irregular objects that could pose a danger.

Digitales Register

Standardized data bases and a central data source for digital infrastructure data are essential for the new systems of digital rail operations. Infrastructure data is uniformly stored, updated and processed in the so-called Digital Register.

Digitales Testfeld Bahn

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Dresden node

Closing the gap in the Dresden node: ETCS and DSTW will be introduced on two routes to ensure seamless accessibility with these technologies.

Erkner – Seddin

The line between Erkner and Seddin is to be equipped with ETCS in order to establish interoperability of the control and safety technology between the EU countries. The ETCS equipment of the neighboring project “Border crossing Poland: Poland – Frankfurt/Oder – Erkner” will be extended to the Seddin marshalling yard. The line is part of the Trans-European Transport Network.


Finnentrop is one of the seven projects in the SLP and was successfully commissioned after around one and a half years. This is the first complete commissioning in the SLP. The signalling, interlocking and level crossing technology was modernised on the Ruhr-Sieg line.

Flensburg – Maschen

The core of the project is to equip the Flensburg – Maschen section with ETCS Level 2. 216 kilometers of track will be equipped with modern control and safety technology. The aim is to make the line passable with ETCS from Denmark to Europe's largest marshalling yard in Maschen. 

FRMCS/5G Test Network

The digitalization of the rail system means that real-time data transmission between the train and the track via a high-performance wireless connection is becoming increasingly important. In addition to fast-paced control information through the use of ETCS in conjunction with automated driving technologies, for example, the data collected by sensors and cameras must also be processed and transmitted.


Gera-Weischlitz is one of the seven SLP projects. Here, the signalling, interlocking and level crossing technology on the line between Gera and Weischlitz is being modernised.

Halle/Leipzig – Berlin (VDE 8.3)

The 185 km long upgraded track Leipzig/Halle – Berlin (VDE 8.3) will be equipped with ETCS. This involves the technical adaptation of the interlocking on the route.

High-performance corridor Hagen - Wuppertal - Cologne

On the high-performance corridor from Hagen via Wuppertal to Cologne, a total of 68 kilometers of track between Solingen and Wuppertal-Vohwinkel will be equipped with ETCS.

High-performance corridor Hagen-Unna-Hamm

The high-performance network corridor from Hagen via Unna to Hamm plays a key role in connecting NRW to northern Germany. As part of this project, a DSTW is now being built on the Hagen network and ETCS equipment is being installed along the entire route.

Hürth/Kalscheuren – Koblenz (HLN-Corridor)

The high-performance corridor from Cologne via Bonn to Koblenz plays a key role in connecting NRW to southern Germany. As part of this project, a DSTW is now being built in Bonn and ETCS equipment is being installed on the route from Hürth/Kalscheuren to Koblenz.

Ingolstadt node

At the Ingolstadt node in Upper Bavaria, a modern DSTW is replacing the previous RSTW and ESTW. The node is also being equipped with ETCS.


The project is developing and testing AI methods in the condition monitoring and needs-based maintenance of rail vehicle structures. In order to enable fully automated, driverless driving in the main line railroad system, innovative technological components must be incorporated into the future rail system.


Kleve-Kempen is one of the seven SLP projects. The signalling, interlocking and level crossing technology was modernised in less than two years on the line on the left bank of the Lower Rhine between Kleve and Kempen. The project was put into operation in 2022.

Leipzig – Riesa gap closure

In the Leipzig - Riesa section, ETCS is being introduced and the associated replacement of ESTW with DSTW. This enables seamless traffic with these technologies.


Lichtenfels-Coburg-Sonneberg is one of the seven SLP projects. Here, the signalling, interlocking and level crossing technology on the line between Lichtenfels, Coburg and Sonneberg, which runs through Bavaria and Thuringia, is being modernised.

Moving Block Demonstrator

"Moving Block Demonstrator" is a demonstrator project within the framework of the ERJU Innovation Pillar (R2DATO) for a train-oriented safety logic (based on the ADI concepts), which, among other things, enables driving in a "moving block". This allows a denser train sequence, which can increase the line capacity. 

Nuremberg – Passau – Border

On the eastern axis of Bavaria, from Nuremberg via Passau to the Austrian border, around 220 km of the control and safety technology is being digitised. This includes equipping the line with ETCS.

Rommerskirchen – Cologne-Ehrenfeld

ETCS is being introduced on the North Rhine-Westphalian track between Rommerskirchen and Cologne-Ehrenfeld. The existing electronic interlocking (ESTW) in Cologne-Ehrenfeld must be replaced by a modern digital interlocking (DSTW).

Rostock seaport – Kavelstorf gap closure

In order to enable consistent interoperability of control and safety technology in rail freight transport, the Rostock seaport – Kavelstorf section is being equipped with ETCS. This is an ETCS gap closure between the Rostock – Berlin line and the Rostock seaport.


In the Sensors4Rail project, an integrated system consisting of sensor-based environment perception, localization and a digital map was tested for the first time. This makes it possible to detect obstacles - an important prerequisite for fully automated, driverless driving in the future.

Stuttgart digital node

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Wörth-Germersheim-Speyer is one of the seven SLP projects and was successfully put into operation in 2022. The signalling, interlocking and level crossing technology on the Rhineland-Palatinate line between Wörth, Germersheim and Speyer was modernised here.

Zwieseler Spinne

The Zwiesel Spinne is one of the seven SLP projects. It involves the modernisation of signalling, interlocking and level crossing technology on the lines around Zwiesel in the Bavarian Forest.

​​Operations Control Strategy​ 

​​The Digitale Schiene Deutschland is fundamentally redesigning the management of rail operations and setting the course for the future of digital control and safety technology (DLST: Digitale Leit- und Sicherungstechnik): With the so-called Operations Control Strategy, 111 operational centers and 52 technical systems centers are being set up throughout Germany in order to be able to operate in a more modern, decentralised and flexible manner in the future.​ 

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