A sweeter smelling journey?

5th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Berlin's suburban trains are to get their own fragrance to help commuters survive their trips

Berlin -- For the tens of thousands of commuters who rely on Berlin's crowded suburban trains, the days of unpleasant early-morning smells -- from stale alcohol through reminders of last night's dinner to overpowering perfumes -- may soon be over, transport authorities said Thursday.

S-Bahn Berlin, the city's metropolitan transport company, aimed to tackle the smells by introducing a special scent for the trains. Plans for the perfume are still in the initial stage, with aroma tests planned for November.

"The idea surfaced in an in-house ideas competition," S-Bahn spokesman Burkhard Ahlert said. "It remains to be seen if we will also invite external test sniffers to select our fragrance."

The Paris transport system, the Metro, has had its own scent since 1999, when Madeleine, smelling of lemons, oranges and lavender, was introduced.

About 1.5 tons of Madeleine, named after one of the stations and also a French pastry, are mixed into cleaning fluids and spread on station floors every month.


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