Increased remote working practices will lead to more people moving to suburbs and urban areas putting a strain on the commuter trains of the future.  

This means that suburban trains of the future must greatly improve on three key aspects: comfort, capacity and reliability.  

Last week’s DB IdeasTrains event presented its solution to this problem, with its IdeenzugCity and IdeenzugRegio. The project focused on addressing the three key areas of concern with a series of innovations that demonstrated the potential future of rail travel.  


For those commuting with bikes Ideenzug Regio presented a concept of bike storage where the interior can be converted from seating to bike racks to allow optimal capacity for bicycles.  

This builds on the previous model of the train with additional modules featuring big screens for public viewing on the go, a sports module, relaxation spaces, play, eat, drink and more.  

Explore the IdeenzugRegio here:  

DB IdeasTrains  


The city train, thanks to its clever design and layout, adapts to the number of passengers onboard creating comfortable space to travel even at full capacity. Integrated window and above the door displays keep passengers informed while concepts like e-scooter charging make it very futuristic.  

Seats on this train extend and retract at a push of a button increasing capacity by 40% for the peak times and providing comfort for off-peak travellers. Being commuter friendly, this train concept offers space and privacy to work flexibly on the way in and out of the office.  

Explore the IdeenzugCity here:  

DB IdeasTrains recycled leather seating

ELeather in IdeasTrains  

We’re pleased to have been chosen again in 2021 as a fundamental, sustainable supplier for this high-profile project. ELeather is the perfect recycled leather material to enhance the adaptability of concepts like folding seats.  

Our environmentally-friendly materials not only look high-end and stylish but are also comfortable and easy to clean meaning less maintenance and quick turnaround even during peak times. As it becomes standard practice for travellers and consumers to demand more sustainable modes of transport and greater transparency about the green credentials of a brand, using recycled and lightweight materials that reduce CO2 emissions and use of earth’s natural resources is key.