The InterRegio was the "human train" of the German Railways (Deutsche Bundesbahn). These trains, produced in their own specially-built facility – 'Europe's state-of-the-art railway car factory' (Manager magazine), – represented the ideal transportation vehicles of a new train-riding culture.
The InterRegio was introduced gradually from 1988, and eventually it operated on 24 lines in two-hour intervals, with its 440 trains servicing a network of about 11,000 km every day. The design of this train was undertaken first by Karl Dieter Bodack and completed by the BPR office in Stuttgart (Jens Peters) working with the colour designer Fritz Fuchs from Jarna, Sweden. It is informed by the social impulse of Rudolf Steiner, and the project management of the DB and the development work and construction by the PFA were carried out accordingly. The drafts were based on the artistic and architectural impulse of Rudolf Steiner, demonstrating an organic design in the colours and forms of all the spaces.
The subsidiary of the Deutsche Bahn AG, the DB Regio, will provide such InterRegio rail cars for the special Steiner Express, with a Rhein Gold club car in the middle of the train, all drawn by one of the legendary high-speed 103 locomotives. In the unusual interior of the train with its broad aisles, compartments, saloons and comfortable club car, passengers will have the best opportunity for brief exchanges or a comfortable conversation.
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