The project is beginning at the northern end of the line, focussing
initially on the 10km Reichenbach - Herlasgrün section. The Reichenbach
- Plauen section will be energised by the end of 2012 and the remainder
of the line to Hof will be completed by December 2013.

This will leave the two lines between Hof and Nuremberg as the only
unelectrified sections of the 390km Saxony - Franconia Line. The
Bavarian government is seeking federal funding to support the extension
of catenary through Marktredwitz and Bayreuth, and for the short link
between Marktredwitz and Cheb in the Czech Republic.