Deutsche Bahn (DB) is celebrating 30 years of ICE traffic in Germany with the christening of the first XXL ICE.
This is the latest addition to the ICE fleet, and the longest high-speed train in the country.
At a Berlin Central Station ceremony, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier christened the XXL ICE the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany), saying he was celebrating nothing less than a landmark in Germany.
To highlight the fact it’s the longest train in the ICE fleet, water was used from Germany’s longest rivers – the Danube, Rhine and Elbe.
Regular service of ICE trains began back in June 1991 and they have since carried 1.5bn passengers.
“The ICE is a real figurehead for Germany. It offers our passengers speed, comfort and climate protection at the same time. It has made us proud at Deutsche Bahn for 30 years. The ICE is the symbol of the mobility transition. This train has redefined rail travel in Germany.”
The ICE Federal Republic of Germany is a 13-part XXL ICE 4. The 374-meter-long train offers 918 seats, more than any ICE before, and reaches a top speed of 265 kilometres an hour.
The ICE fleet currently consists of 330 trains, is expected to grow to 421 vehicles by 2026, and around 600 trains are planned in the long term.
Together with the federal government, DB will invest 170bn euros (207bn USD) in expanding the rail infrastructure for German high-speed traffic by 2030.
Central projects such as Stuttgart 21 or the expansion of the Berlin – Dresden connection will significantly reduce travel times on main routes from 2025.
Alstom has signed a contract with DB Regio AG to equip BR 423 and BR 430 trains with ETCS Levels 2 and and ATO GoA2 technology.
Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom plan to offer full mobile coverage across all of Germany’s long distance and regional rail routes.
Stadler, who is manufacturing the new metro cars for Berlin's U-Bahn, has partnered with PMC for new lightweight seats.
The CAF Group has secured two new contracts in Germany, further attesting to its commitment to the country.
Deutsche Bahn has brought forward its deadline for achieving climate-neutrality by ten years, with 2040 as the new target date.
Electronic interlocking has now been fully commissioned in Duisburg after the second expansion stage was completed at the end of May.
Germany launches its first digital marshalling yard in Munich. DB Cargo is testing numerous technologies to automate marshalling activities.
Alstom and SWEG have signed a framework agreement that will see Alstom provide and maintain locomotives from its rental pool for eight years.
Siemens Mobility and HI ERN have signed an MoU to research use of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology in rail transport.
Alstom has received an order from Hessische Landesbahn GmbH (HLB) to supply 32 Coradia Continental electric multiple units.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Stadler have signed an agreement to develop the first virtual image, or digital twin, of a complete train.
Alstom’s first pre-production Coradia Polyvalent France-Germany cross-border train starts certification and approval tests.
DB Engineering & Consulting has won the tender for constructing part of the line upgrade between Lübeck and Schwerin in Northern Germany.
Deutsche Bahn says that by 2030 half of all residents living close to railway tracks will benefit from efforts to reduce noise pollution.
Austrian Federal Railways and Deutsche Bahn have presented the overall best route for the northern approach to the Brenner Base Tunnel.
After a three-year test period Stadler's FLIRT Akku battery-powered train has demonstrated a range of 185km, exceeding expectations.
Siemens Mobility and VTG Rail Europe will test the Brake Monitoring System which can perform automated brake testing for freight trains.
The German Centre for Rail Transport Research (DZSF) has a positive outlook on its activities during the European Year of Rail.
Train operating company ODEG (Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH) has been awarded the contract to run services on the Ostseeküste II network.
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Alstom will supply 34 Coradia Stream High-Capacity electric multiple units to Lower Saxony, Germany, to enter into service in December 2024.
Deutsche Bahn, the federal government and the state governments will invest a total of 12.7 billion euros in Germany's rail network in 2021.
Stadler Deutschland has contracted Knorr-Bremse to supply the braking, entrance and HVAC systems for the new Berlin metro vehicles.
Deutsche Bahn and SCNF have signed a cooperation agreement on digitalisation and technology to help drive ahead the European rail sector.
Deutsche Bahn's head of digitalisation and technology, Prof. Sabina Jeschke, is leaving the railway company in May 2021.
Škoda Transportation has won a contract to supply 24 trams to two towns and a city in Germany's federal state of Brandenburg.
Germany has suffered some severe winter weather in February, with heavy snowfall across much of the country, affecting the railway too.
Coca-Cola is partnering with DB Cargo to transport its goods for all long-distance journeys in Germany to become a greener business.
The German government will provide more financial assistance to businesses wishing to connect their facilities to the rail network.
Alstom is to equip 13 DB Cargo locomotives, type EG3100, with its ETCS solution. They will operate in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
Siemens Mobility will supply 31 regional trains for the passenger network in Bavaria. The order comprises 25 Desiro HC and 6 Mireo trainsets.
Siemens Mobility has won its biggest-ever service contract from Deutsche Bahn. It is to revise 40 ICE 4 trains, with an option for 50 more.
Following clearance from the European Commission, the German transport ministry is funding ERTMS for rolling stock for the first time.
The new S-Bahn trains for Berlin, built by a Stadler-Siemens Mobility consortium, will enter passenger service on the city's Ringbahn line.
Berlin will get up to 117 new FLEXITY trams after Bombardier and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) signed a framework agreement worth €571m.
Bombardier has revealed its first body shell for its FLEXITY trams for Dresden, which have undergone testing and have been accepted by DVB.
Bombardier has won a contract to modernise the 430 and 423 fleets for S-Bahn Stuttgart, which is operated by DB Regio.
The Siemens Mobility Mireo is among the winners of the German Sustainability Award Design in the pioneer category.
DB Cargo is trialling automatic shunting locomotives and automating brake inspections at its shunting yard in Munich-North.
Alstom and Kiepe Electric have won a contract with the Cologne Public Transport Authority (KVB) for 64 low-floor Citadis trams.
The Siemens Mobility Vectron Dual Mode locomotive has received its operating approval from the German Federal Railway Authority (EBA).
Deutsche Bahn updated its vegetation management programme in 2018, investing more money and personnel and cutting storm damage by 25 percent.
Bombardier's bogie competence centre in Siegen, Germany has overhauled 10,000 bogies for more than 70 customers since opening in 2003.
Deutsche Bahn has completed the migration of all of its IT to the cloud, a project begun in 2016 and completed two years ahead of schedule.
The ground-breaking ceremony for Germany's second hydrogen refuelling station for passenger trains has taken place in Hesse.
Because of coronavirus developments, the InnoTrans organisers say they can't provide planning certainy and have postponed the 2021 event.
Siemens Mobility will supply 109 Avenio HF light rail vehicles to Duisburg and Dusseldorf, with delivery beginning in 2025.
Siemens Mobility has won the German Mobility Award 2020 for its 'RRX - digital and optimally networked' project. There were 300 entries.
Deutsche Bahn has announced it is opening a new maintenance facility for ICE trains in Nuremberg. It is due to be ready in 2028.
The last of the 50 12-car ICE 4 trains has been delivered to Deutsche Bahn and underwent a naming ceremony in Dusseldorf.
A private rail freight protest train made its way through Berlin to draw attention to the German government's one-sided support of DB.
Deutsche Bahn has launched Europe's largest rolling wifi network, [email protected], covering more than 100 stations, all ICE and some regional trains.
LNVG (Lower Saxony, Germany) has ordered an additional 14 Bombardier TWINDEXX Vario coaches to enter service in autumn 2022.
A look back at InnoTrans 2000 and a couple of its main attractions on the bigger Outdoor Display: the ICE TD and Alstom Lirex.
The convention is going digital for InnoTrans 2020, despite the main event being postponed to April 2021 due to coronavirus.
Bombardier has delivered the first of 47 FLEXITY trams to the city of Duisburg. They will have its image-based driver assist system ODAS.
VTG and DB Cargo have presented their new m2 – modular and multi-functional – freight wagon, following several years of working together.
Deutsche Bahn has signed a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility for up to 400 Vectron dual mode locomotives. First order: 100 units.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is trialling different alternative fuels and traction systems in order to eliminate diesel fully from its vehicles by 2050.
The VDB, DB, and EBA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to speed up the implementation of digital signal box technology.
DB has premiered the first trial of digital automatic coupling technology for its freight wagons in a project that will run until 2022.
The German cabinet has adopted a proposal put forward by transport minister Andreas Scheuer for the Investment Acceleration Act.
Deutsche Bahn is partnering with LiveEO to use satellite images and AI to generate data about trees' resiliance to storms.
Bombardier has delivered the first two FLEXITY trams from its manufacturing site in Vienna to its customer in Karlsruhe. AVG ordered 20 units.
A collaboration between DB and TU Chemnitz will establish a digital railway test site to test future technologies in live conditions.
A ground-breaking ceremony has taken place for the new hydrogen refuelling station that is to be built in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has ordered 30 new ICE trains from Siemens Mobility. The first are to enter service in 2022, all by 2026.
Germany is investing almost €0.5 billion in the upgrade of the Berlin-Szczecin railway line. It will be fully double track and electrified.
The Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago, on 9 November 1989. After German Unity, the government implemented major transport projects.
Corinna Salander has been appointed the head of the German Centre for Rail Transport Research – DZSF. She will start on 1 January 2020.
Stadtwerke Augsburg has signed a contract with Stadler for the supply of 11 metre-gauge TRAMLINK trams, to enter service in 2022.
Alstom has been awarded the contract to retrofit 17 ICE 3 trains with its Atlas ETCS solution in a contract worth more than 30 million euros.
Brigitte Zypries has joined the supervisory board of Bombardier Transportation. She was previously a member of the supervisory board at DB.
Deutsche Bahn is experimenting with white rails to reduce the temperature of the steel, thereby avoiding stress on the rails in extreme heat.
Deutsche Bahn has established Digitale Schiene Deutschland GmbH to drive forward the digital transformation in the rail industry.
Deutsche Bahn is investing in hybrid technology for its maintenance fleets and shunting locomotives to reduce its environmental impact.
Alstom equipped the entirety of Wuppertal Suspension Railway (Wuppertaler Schwebebahn) with the Atlas ETCS train control system.
Deutsche Bahn has completed the 2020 timetable for its network after having received more than 72,000 applications for track access slots.
Deutsche Bahn says it will halve its use of glyphosate in 2020 and instead focus on more mechanical, manual options for removing weeds.
CRRC to buy the Vossloh Locomotives business for a sum in the low millions. The transaction has been approved by Vossloh's supervisory board.
Dresden has ordered 30 FLEXITY trams from Bombardier. They will be delivered by 2023. The contract includes 24 years of maintenance.
The flat cars Deutsche Bahn ordered from UWC are undergoing testing to ensure they are fit for purpose prior to certification.
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Deutsche Bahn is investing in Swiss start-up Teralytics, which analyses passenger behaviour using big data gathered from mobile phones.
Stadler says its expansion plans for its Berlin-Pankow site are on track, with the building application filed in just 5 months.
Deutsche Bahn is speeding up the development of its long-distance services and has made a quick decision to purchase 17 double-decker trains.
Siemens, Bombardier and Deutsche Bahn have come to an agreement regarding the ICE 4 fleet. DB will resume acceptance of the fleet right away.
Deutsche Bahn is now able to manufacture heavy components made of metal using 3D printing. A single component can weigh up to 17kg.
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Munich has ordered 73 Siemens Avenio trams as part of a framework agreement option dating back to 2015. Delivery will commence in 2021.
Hamburg has ordered an additional 32 DT5 metro trains from the Alstom-Bombardier consortium. They will enter service from January 2021.
Stadler has won a green technology bid in Germany and will now supply 55 FLIRT Akku trains to NAH.SH with an option for 50 more.
Alstom has won a contract with ODEG in Germany to supply 8 Coradia Lint diesel trains. They will enter service from December 2022.
Stadler has won its first contract for the FLIRT Akku battery multiple unit in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The order is for 55 trains.
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