In 1983, the German Federal Railroad conjured up a new train designation from its hat, which was supposed to remind people of glorious railroad times and which was positioned in terms of comfort and speed between the good old D-Zug express trains and the dual class InterCity trains introduced in 1979. These new trains were called FernExpress / Long-Distance Express, but were given the abbreviation FD, which was steeped in history. Since the early Twenties, that stood for the fastest and most comfortable trains on the prewar German State Railroad.
On the German Federal Railroad of 1983, the goal was rather a customer longing for beautiful vacation destinations and wanting to go to them. Whereby these DB long-distance travel destinations were chiefly in German-speaking areas. For example, the FD "Berchtesgadener Land" went from the Ruhr area to the Bavarian Alps, the FD "Wörthersee" to Klagenfurt, the FD "Bodensee" to Konstanz, or the FD "Schwarzwald" to Seebrugg.
In 2nd class, you rode in IC compartment cars without air conditioning (type Bm), which had been replaced in the IC trains by new air-conditioned open seating cars. The "Kinderland" ("Children's Playground") cars with an attached cafeteria were new. They ran chiefly in the FD trains headed to the Bavarian holiday regions.
In 1988, the FD network still boasted ten direct connections with 22 through car routes. Departures were in the morning hours, and you reached the destinations by early evening. Most FD trains were pulled by the good old class 110 through the German countryside, and these units still often wore the original blue paint scheme at that time.
The era of these modern FD trains only lasted around ten years. Many of the train routes were still around, as Eurocity, InterCity, or as Interregio trains. Most of the through car connections so comfortable for the passengers disappeared forever into the schedule cemetery of the German Federal Railroad.