The first maximum accessibility ICE L trains should reinforce the DB fleet in the second half of 2024.
In Berlin today, Deutsche Bahn presented the first passenger car of the planned new intercity trains. The carrier chose the Spanish manufacturer Talgo over domestic Siemens. The ICE L trains will offer greater adaptability to demand, more space for passengers, and greater comfort than the trains currently available.
While operating domestic routes as well, the ICE Ls will expand the DB international fleet, connecting Germany with the Netherlands, Austria, and the Swiss border. At a maximum speed of 230km/h, the trains should substantially reduce the current travel time between Berlin and Amsterdam.
The ICE L will be the first long-distance train in Germany to allow low-floor access at platform level, making it wheelchair accessible without the need for external assistance. With one locomotive and seventeen passenger cars, the train will provide a total of 562 seats, 85 seats in first class, and 477 seats in second class. The state-of-the-art facilities will include wireless internet and functional windows for improved mobile reception, intelligent lighting, an onboard restaurant, and sports equipment and bicycle storage room in every car. More information available here.
The trains will be headed by a multi-system locomotive compatible with different signaling systems. The number of passenger cars can be adapted to demand. Compatibility with the Talgo locomotive as well as other electric and diesel locomotives guarantees the train’s interoperability on the stipulated routes. Low weight and exterior aerodynamics will enable DB to save on energy costs.
Deutsche Bahn signed the first order for 23 trains in 2019. This order, worth EUR 550 million, is part of a framework contract for up to 100 units. Talgo was awarded the contract after submitting the most attractive bid in a Europe-wide tender.