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Braking and entrance systems for new ICE trains

Braking and entrance systems for new ICE trains
photo: DB/Braking and entrance systems for new ICE trains
02 / 09 / 2021

By the end of 2022, 30 new ICE high-speed trains from Siemens Mobility will be available to expand Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance intercity services and several international routes. Knorr-Bremse will once again be on board with braking and entrance systems.

The order for the new ICE trains is one of Deutsche Bahn’s first major investments under the “Rail Pact” between the German government and the rail sector and will play a major role in realizing the “Deutschlandtakt” vision of a synchronized rail service throughout Germany.

Braking and entrance systems for new ICE trains In an important new step, Knorr-Bremse has extended its systems expertise in the field of brake equipment: Following UIC certification, the Company has launched volume production of the “ProBlock J816M” brake block, enabling “whisper brakes” to be provided to the OEM freight car market. In addition, the “ProBlock J822” – designed primarily for use in new-build freight cars in combination with Knorr-Bremse’s Compact Freight Car Brake (CFCB) – also recently achieved UIC certification, and volume production is scheduled to “ProBlock J816M” and “ProBlock J822” achieve UIC certification In technological terms, the high-speed trains, which will operate at up to 320 km/h, are based on the well-established Velaro platform from Siemens Mobility.

A particular feature of the trains is the eddy current brake developed by Knorr-Bremse which, combined with intelligent brake management, reduces emissions and wear. The fast-closing, pressure-tight IFE entrance systems have already proved to be some of the most reliable sub-systems in the existing “white fleet” of ICE trains. The contract to equip the 30 ICE trains includes an option for a further 60.

Source: Knorr-Bremse press release