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ICE - Articles and news items

The new ICE 3: More comfort for passengers

Rail industry news / 19 February 2014 /

Siemens to deliver a total of eight new ICE 3 trainsets to Deutsche Bahn (DB) by the end of March…

ICE trains for Deutsche Bahn approved for Germany

Rail industry news / 23 December 2013 /

German Federal Railway Authority approves trains’ deployment in Germany with four new ICE trains delivered to Deutsche Bahn…

DB’s continual programme of investments and developments

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) was founded in 1994 and is now one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies. Operating in 130 countries, approximately 290,000 employees, of which about 190,000 are located in Germany, are committed to ensuring that customers are provided with effective and efficient mobility and logistical services.

In a series of recent announcements from DB, the company is showing that it is not putting the brakes on future developments in Germany, with commitments made to invest in line extensions and track investments plus a selection of other significant improvements.

Noise protection
With increasing passenger numbers and a rise in rail traffic, DB recognises the importance of implementing noise protection measures along railway lines. In 2011, DB made good progress in this area by constructing over 55km of new noise barriers and soundproofing 2,550 households. Commenting on the success of the noise protection programme, Oliver Kraft, CEO of DB Netz AG said: “The measures we took in 2011 were innovative and we invested approximately €145 million of federal funding and around €6 million of our own funds.”

Investing in rolling stock for future performance

Issue 2 2009, Past issues / 26 March 2009 /

Craig Waters highlights the important investments that Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) is making to ensure their passenger services are first class.

Success and growth – the ÖBB way

Issue 4 2007, Past issues / 30 July 2007 /

ÖBB is on the way to renewal – and on the way to European achievement. One thing is clear to all members of the Group; ÖBB must be fit for European competition. This will require extensive work in major activities – ranging from the new main railway station of Vienna (the most important Central European transport hub of the future), to making sure they are number one on the Eastern and South-eastern European goods transport market. Some areas have already been achieved, but other areas remain incomplete.

High-speed trains: from power car to distributed traction

Issue 3 2007, Past issues / 6 June 2007 /

Over recent years, the level of satisfaction among train passengers has continually increased thanks to new attractions offered by high speed trains. Attractive travel times and additional services in the trains are designed to increase the competitiveness of the rail. Building on experience with the trains of the ICE series that were developed by a consortium, Siemens has been able to establish the Velaro platform at a worldwide level with trains for Spain, China and Russia. In addition to the high speed trains for upgraded lines, it can make perfect sense to operate passenger coaches.

The SF 500 high-speed bogie

Issue 3 2007, Past issues / 6 June 2007 /

The Velaro E from Siemens Transportation Systems is the fastest series-produced train in the world. One of the reasons why the ‘supertrain’ is so successful, is due to the SF 500 high-speed bogie developed and produced in Graz. It sets new standards in terms of flexibility of use, passenger comfort and life-cycle costs.

Long-future for long-distance travel

Issue 2 2007, Past issues / 3 April 2007 /

The European rail network is becoming increasingly integrated and, with its attractive range of long-distance passenger services, Deutsche Bahn is one of the principal players.