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Deutsche Bahn, the German national railway, is planning to renew its intercity fleet with the 249 km/h (154 mph) ICx trainset designed by Siemens Mobility.


The ICx will be the backbone of the Deutsche Bahn’s future long-distance network. In May 2011, the German national railway company is concluding a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility for up to 300 trainsets. In the initial phase, 130 ICx-type trains have been ordered, and beginning in 2017 they will replace the Intercity and Eurocity fleets put into operation between 1971 and 1991. At a later time, it is planned to replace ICE 1 and ICE 2 vehicles. The ICx will then be responsible for roughly 70 percent of Deutsche Bahn’s interurban transport revenue.

The ICx is being designed to meet German efficiency requirements, rather than French Technical Standards for Interoperability, and its maximum in-service speed is likely to be around 240 km/h, slower than the ICE1, ICE2, and ICE3.

'The end of high speed?', Wiwo blog, 21 May 2012


Written by beleben

November 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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  1. This blog comes from May 2012 so presumably things have moved on since then. It would be good to know the current position.


    November 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    • The September 2014 print edition of the Railway Gazette has an article on the production of the ICx, and another on Deutsche Bahn’s response to deregulation of road coach travel. Evidently, many German travellers are prioritising cost over speed.


      November 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm

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