[DE] In the picture: The 7-car ICE 4

Last time we checked, there was a ‘special’ 6-car version on tests. Now, the ‘short’ version of the ICE 4 for Deutsche Bahn has reached its full length. 

While Deutsche Bahn is accepting new long trains again, we bring you images of two 7-car ICE 4s during tests. A total of 37 such trainsets have been ordered by DB. Entry into service is scheduled for the end of 2020.

A double set, consisting of units 9203 and 9204, was captured on trials at the Mannheim-Stuttgart high-speed line (SFS) by Robin Asiédu:

ICE 4 9203 + 9204, seen on tests at the Mannheim–Stuttgart high-speed railway 07.08.2019 Photo: Robin Asiédu

Technical specifications

  • Maximum speed: 230 km/h 9201 is seen with 250 markings
  • Power output: 1650 kW;
  • Electric system: 15 kV, 16.7 Hz;
  • Length: 202 m;
  • Configuration: 3 powered + 4 non-powered cars;
  • Capacity: 77 First Class + 456 Second Class seats.

Unfortunately, unit 9204 is already suffering from graffiti ‘art’ on one of its cabs, as seen in the picture below:

ICE 4 9203 + 9204, seen on tests at the Mannheim–Stuttgart high-speed railway 07.08.2019 Photo: Robin Asiédu