Berlin-Warszawa-Express

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EuroCity.png Berlin-Warszawa-Express
PKP Intercity Husarz.jpg
Overview
Service typeEuroCity (EC)
StatusActive
LocaleGermany
Poland
First service29 September 2002
Current operator(s)DB, PKP
Route
StartBerlin
EndWarszawa Wschodnia
Average journey time5hr 24min
Service frequency4x daily
Train number(s)40–47
On-board services
Class(es)First and second class
Catering facilitiesRestaurant
Technical
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Timetable number(s)EC95 (Germany)

The Berlin-Warszawa-Express (BWE) is a cross-border train service that connects Berlin and Warsaw via Frankfurt (Oder), operated jointly by Deutsche Bahn (DB Fernverkehr) and Polish State Railways (PKP Intercity). The service, classed as EuroCity, runs four times per day in each direction, with the services given the numbers 40–47. Total journey time is 5 hours, 24 minutes.

History[edit]

The Berlin-Warszawa-Express brand began in 2002, replacing the names of individual services which had been added to the EuroCity network over the previous decade. There were four pairs of services (EC 40–47) linking Berlin Zoologischer Garten and Warsaw Wschodnia, plus a fifth (48/49), which only ran from Berlin to Poznań, and as such didn't take the BWE name. This additional service was dropped in 2004, but restored in 2007, and since 2012, continues from Poznań to Gdańsk and Gdynia, under the name Berlin-Gdynia Express.

The service began to serve Berlin Hauptbahnhof after its opening in 2006, no longer serving Berlin Zoo.

Rolling stock[edit]

2nd class coach of the Berlin-Warszawa Express at Berlin Ostbahnhof.

Each train is six coaches long, using specially branded carriages provided by both DB and PKP - the livery is white, as per DB Intercity, but with a dark blue stripe instead of the normal red. Four of them (three full 2nd class and handicap car) are provided by PKP, Restaurant/1st class and first class are delivered by DB.

Since December 2010 the train has been hauled by Siemens EuroSprinter (ES 64) locomotives, provided by PKP and known in Poland as Class EU 44 Husarz. Prior to this the DB Class 180 was the most common traction, with Class 186 and Class 232 seen on occasion. In 2016, carriages are mainly provided by PKP Intercity, only restaurant carriage is provided by Deutsche Bahn. By 2017, all German restaurant carriages were returned to Deutsche Bahn. All carriages are provided by PKP Intercity.

Summary of services[edit]

# Former name Period of EC operation Details
40/41 Varsovia 1993–
42/43 Berolina 1991–
44/45 Paderewski 1998–
46/47 n/a 2002–
48/49 Posnania 1998–2004
2008
Berlin to Poznań only

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Etmanowicz, Andrzej (2012). Berlin-Warszawa-Express: 20 lat pociagow EuroCity Warszawa - Poznan - Berlin [Berlin-Warszawa-Express: 20 years of Eurocity trains Warsaw - Poznan - Berlin]. Poznań: Kolpress. ISBN 978-83-933257-5-7. (in Polish) (in German)
  • Möller, Steffen (2012). Expedition zu den Polen: Eine Reise mit dem Berlin-Warszawa-Express [Expedition to the Poles: A journey with the Berlin-Warszawa-Express] (in German). München: Malik. ISBN 978-3890293998.