by Josephine Cordero Sapién
19 Jan 2021
Suppliers Siemens Mobility
Deutsche Bahn has awarded a contract to Siemens Mobility for the revision of 40 Class 412 ICE 4 trains, making this the largest service order Siemens has ever won from deutsche Bahn.
The contract also includes an option for the revision of 50 further Class 412 trains. These IS 600 revisions are required for new DB high-speed trains once they have travelled 1.65 million kilometres. Siemens Mobility will carry out the work in mid-2021, at its Test and Validation Center in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
“The ICE 4 is the backbone of DB's mainline rail operations. As DB's service partner, we will make a decisive contribution towards guaranteeing the availability and operation of the ICE 4 fleet and ensuring its sustainable performance over the entire lifecycle.”
The IS 600 revisions require Siemens Mobility to examine the trains’ components and central systems, and perform maintenance activities. These will include the doors, windscreen washer systems, couplings, running and traction bogies, the current collectors, train control systems, brakes and more. The maintenance activities inside the train will include the fire alarm systems, passenger information systems, bistro equipment and the sanitary facilities. All of the trains will also be given new wheelsets.
Since 2011 Deutsche Bahn has ordered a total of 137 ICE 4 trains from Siemens Mobility. Bombardier Transportation has been a subcontractor for the manufacture of these trains, having produced the bodyshells. Faiverly has supplied the brakes, air-conditioning system and train doors, while Voith won the contract to manufacture the train noses, including the driver cabins and coupling systems.
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