ICE: Bahn orders new trains with frequency-permeable windows


Despite falling passenger numbers in the Corona crisis, Deutsche Bahn continues to expand its long-distance fleet. She ordered 30 new ICE 3 trains from the Munich-based technology group Siemens for one billion euros.

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  1. Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH, Mönchengladbach
  2. Hornbach-Baumarkt-AG, Bornheim near Landau / Pfalz

The first vehicles should be on the road by the end of 2022 – initially on the Cologne-Rhine / Main route from the Rhineland to Munich, like both companies on July 15, 2020 in Berlin informed. In addition, Deutsche Bahn is securing an option for 60 additional trains in order to be able to react flexibly to the development of further demand in the coming years.

The vehicles now ordered are the older ICE 3 series, which runs on the Velaro platform from Siemens and has been on the road in Germany for many years. However, it achieves top speeds of 320 kilometers per hour on the planned operational routes and is therefore significantly faster than the new ICE 4. In addition, there will be some innovations: On the one hand, all trains will be equipped with bicycle parking spaces, which so far has only been the case with the ICE 4 is.

Frequency-permeable panes for better mobile radio reception

On the other hand, frequency-transmissive panes are used for the first time, which are intended to improve mobile radio reception on the train and make the transmission of mobile radio signals via so-called repeaters superfluous. “With the new ICE we rely on a proven vehicle platform”said railway chief Richard Lutz at the presentation. “This makes it possible to process this purchase at an absolute record pace.”

The new trains will be assembled at the Siemens plant in Krefeld. Supplies come from Nuremberg in Bavaria and Austria, among others. “This order also secures employment at around 50 suppliers in Germany”, said Siemens’ deputy chairman, Roland Busch.

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