The legacy of the Transrapid is looming

The Bögl construction company has received approval for its TSB maglev train. A first line could go into operation as early as the end of 2023.

A TSB (Transport System Bögl) in Sengenthal, Bavaria

Dhe order for the Max Bögl Group came too early: In March 2018, the Frankfurt airport operator Fraport awarded the contract to the Upper Palatinate construction company for the 5.6 kilometer route of the transport system from Terminal 1 and 2 to the new Terminal 3 opposite. But driverless trains from Siemens will run on them. They will be able to carry up to 4,000 passengers per hour at 80 kilometers per hour; Keolis will operate the route. Stefan Bögl, CEO of the family company from Neumarkt, would have loved to offer the vehicles of his TSB instead – the Transport System Bögl developed in-house. But the time was not yet ripe for that.

Today, two and a half years later, it would look different: the fully automated maglev train would have had a good chance of success; namely as a total offer – planning, construction of routes and trains as well as operation included. Because the most important milestone for the project that has been pursued for ten years has now been reached. The Federal Railway Authority (EBA) has given the go-ahead. It has certified Bögl that the TSB maglev technology is approvable and complies with the safety standards. Such notices are the basis for operating permits for future routes of use. “Now we can start commercialization,” Bögl told the FAZ