German railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) has introduced the first vehicles from its fleet of Siemens-made ICE 4 trainsets into regular service on schedule.

The initial service will see five vehicles operate along the Hamburg-Munich and Hamburg-Stuttgart routes.

DB Fernverkehr management board chairwoman Birgit Bohle said: “The ICE 4 is the new flagship for our long-distance routes and sets standards for our passengers: plenty of storage space for luggage, an elegant restaurant and an innovative lighting concept ensure a high level of comfort for passengers.”

“Plenty of storage space for luggage, an elegant restaurant and an innovative lighting concept ensure a high level of comfort for passengers.”

DB is set to receive a total of 119 ICE 4 trains by 2023, including 100 vehicles featuring a 12-car configuration and 19 in a seven-car configuration.

Siemens Mobility Division CEO Sabrina Soussan said: “We’re right on schedule with the execution of the order, and regular service could be started punctually.

“This train sets new standards in intercity transport with its unique technological concept.”

The new 346m-long ICE 4 trainsets feature 830 seats each, with large luggage racks located adjacent to them.

The new and modern seats have improved headrests, while every first-class passenger seat is equipped with an electrical socket and reading lamp.

In addition, the trains are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS) and feature a new lighting scheme and air-conditioning system to suit Germany’s environmental conditions.

They also offer maximum flexibility for operators and can be modified according to capacity requirements, top speed and the selected route profile.

A 12-car ICE 4 is driven by six powercars and is capable of reaching a top speed of 250 km/h.