After a newpaper article, National Express seems to have won all three parts of the RRX (Rhein-Ruhr-Express) network with its main route from Dortmund via Düsseldorf to Cologne. Trains shall be running in 2018, the full network will be introduced a few years later. The contract of building and maintenance for the new trains was won by Siemens, the trains will belong to the VRR association, which leases them to the operator. News paper: http://www.ruhrnachrichten.de/nachr...chreibung-um-RRX;art318,2697702#plx1086925237 After the takeover only 40% of regional trains in Northrhine-Westphalia will still be operated by Deutsche Bahn. We'll see how NX gets along with operating trains in Germany, when they are taking over their first two regional lines RE7 (Rhein-Münsterland-Express) and RB48 (Rhein-Wupper-Bahn) this december.