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

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. 

This article was originally published on 09.08.2019 and updated on 16.09.2019.

Update 16.09.2019: Austria

We saw them in Germany, now it’s Austria’s turn to welcome the 7-car ICE4s on tests. On 11.09.2019 Herbert Pschill managed to capture our familiar couple, 9204+9203, running together in tandem from Vienna to Salzburg in Austria. The picture was taken in Tullnerbach-Pressbaum (AT). Just have a look at that impressive, 14-car-long perspective:

DB’s 9204 + 9203 on their way from Vienna to Salzburg, as seen in Tullnerbach-Pressbaum (AT) 11.09.2019 Photo: Herbert Pschill

Our original article from 09.08.2019:

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: 250 km/h;
  • 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