Germany: DB to purchase 18 ICE 4 trains as part of €1bn investment

By David Burroughs, International Railway Journal; September 27, 2018

GERMAN Rail (DB) announced on September 27 that it is investing more than €1bn in its high-speed ICE fleet, including the purchase of an additional 18 seven-car ICE 4 trains and 50 intermediate second-class vehicles to lengthen half of the 100 12-car ICE 4 trains currently being delivered by Siemens to 13 cars.

The €700m investment in the ICE 4s is in addition to the €5.3bn previously invested in the fleet. DB is also investing around €320m to modernise the ICE 1s, bringing to total new investment in the long distance fleet to more than €1bn.

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