Sonderwagen – a sighting

Today I spotted a train labelled “Sonderwagen” on the U3 line running towards the Hohemark in Oberursel.

It was not the normal type of train that is used on this line, and there were all sorts of people from the train company running around it as it stood in the Kupferhammer station.

I took a photo as it approached “Rosengärtchen”, where it did not stop but carried on up the line.  Does anyone know what this was about?

Sonderwagen in Oberursel approaches Rosengärtchen

Sonderwagen in Oberursel approaches Rosengärtchen


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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. I was once told that these are U-Bahn drivers on practice routes. Newbies, so to speak.

  2. It's a co-incidence, but I saw one of those today as well. They are signed “Fahrschule”, and don't have the press photographing them!

  3. I think I may have found the answer:

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