Wikipedia: "Hamburg-Köln-Express GmbH (HKX) is a Berlin-based open-access train operating company aiming to offer long-distance railway passenger services in Germany. It was founded in October 2009 as a joint venture by RDC Deutschland GmbH, an affiliate of USA-based Railroad Development Corp., Locomore rail GmbH & CO. KG, and British railway investor Michael Schabas.
HKX plans to operate regular services between Hamburg and Cologne. The journey time would be similar to that of existing IC or ICE services operated by DB, but the intention is to charge lower fares. HKX began selling tickets on 4 July 2012 for travel from 23 July 2012. Initially there will be one trip each way per day Monday to Wednesday, serving six intermediate stations. From Thursday to Sunday there are to be three trains per day each way, including a late night "Mitternachts-Express" (Midnight Express) on Sundays, reaching Hamburg at 01.00 the following morning. Fares range from €20 to €60, and the end-to-end journey time will be about four hours. The launch services will be operated with former Rheingold coaches hauled by leased electric locos
Münster is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northern part of the state and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region and it is also capital of the local government region Regierungsbezirk Münster. It is most well known as the location of the Anabaptist rebellion during the Protestant Reformation, as the site of the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War in 1648 and as bicycle capital of Germany.Münster gained the status of a Großstadt with more than 100,000 inhabitants in 1915. Currently there are around 270,000 people living in the city, with about 48,500 students, only some of whom are recorded in the official population statistics as having their primary residence in Münster.Münster's economy is mainly based on service companies and public administration. Münster is also the seat of eight universities and colleges as well as of important courts such as the constitutional court and the higher administrative court for North Rhine-Westphalia.The city was founded in 793 by Frisian Ludger, who was consecrated as the first bishop of the Münster diocese in 805. His successors held power over the largest clerical territory within the Holy Roman Empire until 1803.