Deutsche Bahn is targeting expansion of its long-distance operations in Germany thanks to two new fleets of trains, as KEITH FENDER reports
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German Railways (DB) is looking to grow long-distance traffic. Faced with increasing airline and bus competition, the operator has set out plans to improve its Inter-City Express (ICE) high-speed services and expand the slower Intercity (IC) network.
Key to this are two new fleets of trains. In 2011 DB placed an order with Siemens worth around €5.3 billion for 170 new high-speed distributed power EMUs. They were then known as ‘ICx’, but were renamed ICE4 by DB in 2015.