Since 1994 German Railroad, Inc. has been
running the "InterCityNight", a fast, comfortable
hotel train. A special feature of these unit trains
are the short, light weight cars that are mounted
on single-axle trucks with separately steered
wheels, in contrast to traditional trucks.
The advantages are lower train weight, reduced
use of material and energy, high acceleration
rates and considerable speed. The idea for this
design came from Spain. The firm Patentes
Talgo S.A., established in 1942, has brought
out four generations of Talgo trains, including
provisions for changing track gauge for international
traffic since 1968. Another special feature
is the concept of the "InterCityNight". All 160 cars offer the highest level of hotel
comfort: spacious compartments, a shower
bath as an enclosed system, telephone with
service call feature, personal coded keys and
above all quiet. An automobile transport car
is also run in some of the trains.
The surprising thing is that contrary to its
namesake the InterCityNight is painted in
the colors of the InterRegio.