Another stopping pattern is when two trains running a half-hour or hour apart have the same starting and ending stations, but the first train will stop at towns 1,3,5 and 7 along the way, and the second train will stop at towns 2,4,6, and 8.
If you're headed to an out-of-the-way place, be sure to double-check that the train you plan to board will actually stop at your intended destination.
On many local routes serving smaller towns, trains alternate which stations they stop at.Often, the first train on the line will stop at all stations, then the next train a half-hour or hour later will only stop at selected stops (maybe every other station, or every third one), then the following train after that will again stop at all the stations.In addition to the above services, you may find an interesting train known as a "Taxi" or "Railbus" train.This is basically a bus on tracks and provides occasional service on routes that have low ridership.You can use these as "excuse slips" for arriving late to work, school, or other appointments, or keep them as souvenirs of your encounter with European organized labor.
Most of the rolling stock in Germany has been recently upgraded with fewer and fewer of the old hand-me-downs still around.Just like buses, these trains usually only stop on request.Relatively new to Germany are double-decker trains. Many regional trains have a special area for storing bicycles; those cars are marked with a large bicycle symbol on the outside.In general, all services available on the train are provided for both first and second class passengers.The main difference is that first class seats are a bit roomier and there are fewer of them.Germans are known to gripe about just about everything, but don't listen to them when they complain about their trains.