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.”
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.”
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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.