DB confirms plan for ICE 4 order as ICE 1 refurbishment begins
GERMAN Rail (DB) has confirmed to IRJ that it plans to place an order for
additional class 412 ICE 4 high-speed trains using options available in the
original 2011 contract, although the exact number of trains has yet to be
DB has also confirmed that it is planning to order additional intermediate
second-class vehicles to lengthen some of the 12-car trains now being
delivered to 13 cars.
DB currently has 100 12-car ICE 4 (class 412.0) and 19 seven-car sets (class
412.2) on order from Siemens. Around 20 of the 12-car trains have now been
delivered and are in use on Hamburg - Stuttgart and Hamburg - Munich services.
From December, DB will step up ICE 4 operation to include both the Berlin -
Munich (via Leipzig/Erfurt) and Dortmund - Munich (via Cologne, Frankfurt and
ICE 1 refurbishment underway
DB has also launched a third refurbishment programme for the oldest class 401
ICE 1 trains, which were built between 1989 and 1993. These will be rebuilt
as nine-car sets (with three first class and five second class coaches plus a
restaurant car) and a power car at each end.
The rebuilt trains are expected to enter service on the Berlin - Braunschweig
- Frankfurt route and remain in service into the mid-2030s.
The ICE 1 fleet previously underwent a full-scale refurbishment and overhaul
between 2005 and 2008.
DB currently intends to withdraw the more modern ICE 2 (class 402) and ICE-T
(class 411/415) trains over the next decade as ICE 4 deliveries replace them.
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