HKX will initially operate three trains per day between Hamburg and
Cologne, running via Münster, Essen, and Düsseldorf, with a journey
time of 4h 4min. The fastest journey time currently offered by German
Rail (DB) is 4h 2min.
Each train will be formed of five Basic-class coaches and one
Premium-class vehicle. At-seat meals will be served in Premium class,
while power sockets and Wi-Fi will be available throughout the train.
The first coaches have been refurbished by H. Cegielski in Poznan,
Poland, and HKX says test runs will begin soon. The company is also now
recruiting train crews.

The joint venture between Railroad Development Corp, United States,
Locomore Rail, Germany, and investor Mr Michael Schabas had originally
planned to launch last August. However, when Keolis abandoned its plans
for a Mulhouse - Strasbourg - Cologne - Hamburg service last year, HKX
postponed its launch to reapply for the vacant paths, which it
considered to be superior.