[DE] Siemens and Deutsche Bahn celebrate the arrival and acceptance of ICE4

On 14.09.2016, Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn (DB), and Alexander Dobrindt, German Minister for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure, presented the ICE 4, Deutsche Bahn’s new long-distance train. This was done after a train 412 005 made a roll-in at Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof.

14.09.2016 – 412 005 enters Berlin Hauptbahnhof – Deutsche Bahn

The ‘Baureihe 412’ is a 12-car train with a top speed of 250 km/h and has an overall length of 346 meters. It has a total of 830 seats, 205 of which are in first class and 625 in second class. Its low weight and optimized aerodynamic design reduce energy consumption per seat by 22 percent compared with a modernized ICE 1. The innovative traction system uses power cars and permits flexible train formation. Siemens is the general contractor for the ICE 4 trains and responsible for the approval process. Bombardier Transportation contributes a supplier share of around 30 percent.

DB has ordered 130 trains from a total of up to 300 trains covered by the framework agreement signed with Siemens in May 2011. With a volume of roughly €5.3 billion, this is the largest investment in rolling stock in the history of Deutsche Bahn.

Around 200 DB and Siemens employees were on board of the 412 005 – Deutsche Bahn

EBA grants full approval for Germany

Two days after the presentation, Siemens and DB made public that the ICE4 received full approval for Germany from the Federal Railway Authority (EBA), meaning the ICE4 could operate in Germany with immediate effect, the project timetable was met exactly to the day, and that a 14-month introductory phase could start.

During the introductory phase, the trains will be rigorously tested under real-life conditions before they are scheduled to enter normal service in December 2017 when the timetable change takes effect. Two trains will run during this time on the line between Munich and Hamburg, Germany. The purpose of this phase is to eliminate any “teething problems.” The introductory phase will be preceded by two-months of internal test operations. Beginning immediately, the ICE 4 will make numerous trips with test persons to check the train’s suitability for daily use before it enters regular passenger service.

The ICE 4 was approved in a new homologation process in Germany: Beginning with the train’s design phase, documentation and test certificates can be issued by recognized testing bodies. In these cases, with the exception of two specialized areas, the Federal Railway Authority only checks the completeness of the documents. Thanks to this new procedure, the large number of required documents and certificates for the ICE 4 project could be distributed among various testing bodies at an early stage, and the planned timetable could be kept.


ICE4 interior and exterior – a picture report:

1st class interior with realtime information display – Deutsche Bahn
seat integrated reading lights – Deutsche Bahn
Luggage rack – Deutsche Bahn
Reservation displays now integrated in seats – Deutsche Bahn
Free wifi in both 1st and 2nd class, finally available – Deutsche Bahn
The bistro bar – Deutsche Bahn
Restaurant interior – Deutscha Bahn
‘Kids corner’ for kids that want to sit on chairs for adult people… – Deutsche Bahn
2nd class interior – Deutsche Bahn
Here we see two of only four places (in a 12-car train) for people with reduced mobility – Deutsche Bahn
The driver cab – Deutsche Bahn
For the first time, German travelers can take their bike with them on an ICE train, but hurry, only 8 spaces available – Deutsch Bahn
ICE4 – Deutsche Bahn
ICE4 no, 412 005 (9005) – Deutsche Bahn
ICE4 – Deutsche Bahn