DDeutsche Bahn is expanding its ICE fleet and is ordering 73 more trains for a total of around two billion euros. 56 of those trains are ICE L from Spanish manufacturer Talgo, the railroad announced on Wednesday. Initially, it will run between Berlin and Amsterdam at a maximum speed of 230 kilometers per hour.
The remaining 17 trains are ICE 3 Neo, some of which are already in use by the railroad. It reaches speeds of 300 kilometers per hour and is intended for use on high-speed routes, for example, between North Rhine-Westphalia and Frankfurt or Berlin and Munich. ICE 3 Neo was created by Siemens Mobility.
With this order, Deutsche Bahn completes the existing framework agreements with manufacturers. The state group first introduced the Talgo train in September last year and initially ordered 23 trains, which should be on the road from October 2024. An additional 56 trains will be on the rails for the first time from 2026 and should be fully delivered by 2030, according to Deutsche Bahn.
As for the ICE 3 Neo, the railroads have ordered 73 trains to date, to be delivered by 2029. Now this order has been expanded to 17 trains.
The average age of the ICE fleet is expected to drop from 18 to 12 by 2030. “DB will undergo a comprehensive fresh cell treatment over the coming years,” said Long Haul Board Member Michael Peterson. “Already this year, we will receive an average of three new ICE trains per month.”
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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