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Siemens has introduced its new eight-car Series 407 ICE 3 train that can run at a top speed of up to 300km an hour in Germany.

Based on Siemens’ Velaro platform, the new trains can accommodate 444 passengers, including 111 in first class.

Siemens will deliver a total of 17 trains to Deutsche Bahn (DB). So far, DB has received four ICE trains, with four additional trains due by the end of March 2014.

The first new ICE 3s are currently running on the Cologne-Frankfurt (Main)-Stuttgart line in place of the earlier ICE 3.

DB Bahn long-distance production head Andreas Busemann said: "The new ICE 3 offers our customers a real plus when it comes to service and comfort.

"We are pleased to see the new ICE 3 running on Germany’s lines."

"Passengers can keep informed about the train’s progress on the new overhead monitors, and comfortably dine in the full-sized onboard restaurant with 16 seats while traveling through Germany at speeds of up to 300km an hour."

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The new trainsets will provide a lift for wheelchair users, a tactile guidance system including floor strips and tactile seat numbers for sight-impaired and blind passengers. In addition, grab poles in longer aisle sections, aisle seats with grab handles, and stronger visible contrasts door steps and inner doors are also provided.

Siemens high-speed and commuter rail business unit CEO Jürgen Wilder said: "We have successfully mastered the challenges, in particular those presented by the certification process, and are pleased to see the new ICE 3 running on Germany’s lines."


Image: The new ICE 3 train. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.