Alstom to Equip 19 ICE 1 Trains with ETCS

Deutsche Bahn AG has commissioned Alstom to retrofit 19 first-generation ICE trains (ICE 1) with the latest ETCS signalling technology.

The contract is worth in excess of 10 million euros (10.8 million USD). Alstom says it will complete it by September 2021. Alstom has previously retrofitted 39 ICE 1 trains for the commissioning of the VDE 8 high-speed line between Berlin and Munich.

Jörg Nikutta, Alstom Managing Director Germany & Austria, said:

“We are delighted that Deutsche Bahn has again passed a vote of confidence in Alstom for this complex retrofit. This is a further step towards making Germany fit for digital rail {and} guarantees Deutsche Bahn a uniform and flexibly deployable ICE fleet.”

The contract covers developing, designing and manufacturing the digital ETCS signalling system (Level 2 Baseline 3). It also includes installing it and connecting it to the existing train control systems, as well as commissioning it. The system will guarantee continuous communication between the vehicle and the track.

ICE 1 train on Berlin-Munich line
ICE 1 train on VDE 8 Munich-Berlin high-speed line

A number of Alstom sites in Germany, Belgium and France will participate in executing this project. The Berlin site will be responsible for installation design and project management; the site in Charleroi for product development, validation and assembly for ETCS; while Lyon/Villeurbanne will manufacture the components. Lastly, the ICE plant in Hamburg-Eidelstedt will be responsible for the conversion and recommissioning of the vehicles.

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