In recent years VR GmbH developed several detailed plans, employing a method of superimposing rail alignment plans into aerial photographs.
1. City of Rosenheim (40 miles southeast of Munich, Inn River Valley, Bavaria)
New alignment for nearly all tracks within an existing railyard.
White color: new alignment
Pink color: new platforms
Red striped: noise barriers.
2. Town of Dorfen (30 miles east of Munich)
Dorfen, population 15,000, in the outer suburban belt surrounding Munich, is serviced by a non-electrified single track, scheduled to be expanded to a double alignment, fulfilling 'ICE' (HSR) specifications. The small-town community plans extensive expansion south of the rail lines, theoretically requiring 15 feet high noise barriers, 20 feet high street overpasses, resulting in a visual and physical hindrance to Dorfen's urban communal development. An opposition citizens movement, supported by the communal administration, submitted an objecting petition to the German Parliament (Bundestag). Vieregg-Roessler, in cooperation with a hydro-geologist, developed a substrata open alignment, which despite the high water-table, was not more costly than the original grade-level project.
3. City of Lueneburg (30 miles southeast of Hamburg)
Political representatives in northern Germany decided that the existing, largely rectilinear alignments south of Hamburg should be supplemented with additional tracks, enabling higher 'ICE' (HSR) speeds. Alignments for traversing the City of Lueneburg caused particular controversy. Even a complete bypass of the city was discussed. Vieregg-Roessler presented an alternative plan, incorporating, on railroad-owned right-of-way, alignments uniquely for high-speed trains. For most of the tracks, this idea, however, required complete alignment reconstruction. The route design was originally regarded as unfeasible. Today, the top speed on the existing alignments is limited to 130 km/h (80 mph); in the future, including through-train tracks (without platforms), allowing speeds of at least 190 km/h (120 mph).
(will be published here if going to public)