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Siemens Mobility receive the largest order from DB so far: ICE 4 high-speed trains go to revisions

Siemens Mobility receive the largest order from DB so far: ICE 4 high-speed trains go to revisions
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25 / 01 / 2021

Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Siemens Mobility have jointly signed a contract for the revisions of high-speed trains. These are to be 40 trainsets ICE 4 412 series. This is the largest order DB has placed by Siemens Mobility so far. The maintenance contract also includes the possibility to overhaul another 50 high-speed trains of the same type.

The cars will be inspected for IS 600. All high-speed trains operated by DB that have exceeded the 1,65 million kilometers limit must pass a revision. As part of the overhaul, Siemens Mobility will inspect individual train components and their systems. Wheelsets will also be replaced on all cars.

Scheduled maintenance will also be carried out, which should cover, for example, brake systems, windscreen washer systems, doors, etc. Maintenance will also cover the passenger compartment. Information and alarm systems should be checked too. Attention will also be focused on the train bistro or sanitary facilities.

The works should be carried out at the "Expert House", the Siemens Testing and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The works should be done as early as the first half of 2021.

“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,” Johannes Emmelheinz, the CEO Customer Service at Siemens Mobility, said to media.

Since May 2011, DB has ordered a total of 137 ICE 4 high-speed trains from Siemens Mobility. This means that one high-speed train is added to the DB fleet every three weeks. The trainsets are manufactured in Wrocław (Body shells), Graz (Bogies), Krefeld (Electronics), and Hennigsdorf (Cabs). In December 2020, Siemens Mobility with their subcontractors Bombardier and Voith delivered 65 ICE 4 high-speed trains to DB. The first trains in this series have been carrying passengers since 2016.