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DB Inaugurates Hall Extension at the ICE Plant in Rummelsburg

DB Inaugurates Hall Extension at the ICE Plant in Rummelsburg
photo: Volker Emersleben / Deutsche Bahn AG/DB Inaugurates Hall Extension at the ICE Plant in Rummelsburg
22 / 12 / 2022

DB Board Member for Long Distance Passenger Transport Dr Michael Peterson and Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey officially opened the extended vehicle hall at the ICE plant in Berlin-Rummelsburg. Deutsche Bahn has invested around 200 million euros in the expansion and extended the five-track hall by 200 metres. Now trains up to 400 metres long, such as the XXL-ICE 4, or two shorter trains in a row can be maintained here on one track.

DB Board Member for Long-Distance Passenger Transport Dr Michael Peterson: "We are investing in new trains at record levels. Next year alone, we will receive an average of three new ICEs monthly. With the expanded vehicle hall at the ICE plant in Berlin, we are creating urgently needed workshop capacity for our growing long-distance fleet. Because fast and efficient maintenance is the prerequisite for our passengers to travel more reliably and comfortably on the climate-friendly rail."

Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey: "The expansion of the Rummelsburg ICE plant shows that Berlin is also a rail metropolis. We are delighted that Deutsche Bahn has decided to invest here in Berlin. It will bring the Rummelsburg plant up to the technical standard of the 21st century. From now on, more and longer trains with more seats can be serviced in Berlin. The state of Berlin relies on the railway as a future-oriented, climate and environmentally friendly and fast means of transport. Rail is the centrepiece of the transport turnaround that we need."

In addition to the extension of the vehicle hall, DB has created larger material storage facilities and additional treatment facilities for ICE and Intercity trains. It increases the maintenance capacity at the Rummelsburg site by around 30 per cent. Every day, 75 trains are cleaned, checked and repaired here for their next journey.

The planners also took climate protection and biodiversity into account during the expansion. A photovoltaic system was installed on the new roof, nesting aids for birds and bats were installed and wildflower meadows were planted.

Currently, more than 850 employees work at the Rummelsburg plant. By 2025, the team will grow by around 120 additional skilled workers. DB is already looking for electricians, mechatronics engineers and mechanics.

Berlin is one of the largest locations for the provision of long-distance trains in Germany. All series from ICE 1 to the ICE 4 can be maintained here. The new ICE L will also find its home in the Rummelsburg plant in the future. To this end, DB will continue to expand the Rummelsburg site in the coming years. Over the next few years, another 200 million euros will be invested in new stabling facilities and the renovation of another vehicle hall for even more capacity.

In long-distance transport, DB operates maintenance workshops at nine locations, the majority of which are being expanded. Throughout Germany, the Group is investing over two billion euros in the new construction and expansion of the plants and stabling facilities by 2030, and, thus, in better punctuality and quality of the ICE and Intercity trains. Larger halls, expanded workshops and warehouses, as well as new treatment and stabling tracks will ensure that the trains can be maintained faster and better in the future. Digitalisation and automation are also being driven forward. In addition, DB is creating 1,000 additional jobs in the plants throughout Germany.

Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases