At the beginning of this year a curious statistic from internal documents of the Deutsche Bahn made the round: According to ICEs, who came fresh from the workshop, showed on average 21 errors . Although these were not safety-relevant, but impaired the ride comfort – for example, when coffee machines or toilets do not work. However, the mistakes could not be corrected during the time in the workshop often, because the trains arrived already late and were then urgently needed again in the company. From the year 2023, therefore, new trains of the type ECx should remedy. At least a first simulation has already been presented to the public in Berlin. The 3 most important facts:
1. The new trains come from Spain
In the past, Deutsche Bahn relies mainly on trains of the manufacturers Siemens and Bombardier. However, when the Eurocity fleet had to be replaced, they decided to go with the Spanish company Talgo. A permanent departure from the classic suppliers should not represent this. Rather, the Spanish company has simply made the best offer, so the railway management. Talgo is based in the city of Las Matas near Madrid and has had a subsidiary in Germany since 1994. The more than 2,000 employees generate annual sales of more than € 500 million. For the first 23 ECx trains ordered Deutsche Bahn will pay around 550 million euros. However, extradition will take several years.
2. The facts: 230 km / h and 570 seats
A multi-system locomotive will normally tow a total of 17 wagons and thus carry a maximum of 570 passengers. The top speed is 230 kilometers per hour. The first innovation should experience the passengers already when boarding. Because the floor height is only 76 centimeters. At normal high platforms, it is therefore possible to get in at ground level – which is likely to benefit wheelchair users and elderly people in particular. The transition between the wagons is also designed to be barrier-free. So that no suitcase stands in the way, there should be special storage areas for large luggage, so that about snowboards and skis can be taken easily. For bicycles are also eight parking spaces available.
3. The first trip leads to Amsterdam
End of 2023, the delivery of the first train is planned. This will then be used on the route Berlin-Amsterdam. For the passengers this means: The journey takes only five hours and fifty minutes – and thus about half an hour shorter than before. Afterwards it is planned to use the ECx on the routes to Sylt and Oberstdorf. In general, the plans are to use the new trains, especially on highly frequented tourist routes. Overall, up to 100 trains could be purchased by Talgo in the long run. A prerequisite, however, is that the new development also exists in the hectic everyday life of the railway.
The long-distance rail traffic is being used by more and more people
Despite the increasing criticism of delays and technical problems, the train is by no means running away from customers. When a new long-distance traffic concept was adopted in 2015, 130 million passengers travel with the Group's long-distance trains every year. By now, there are already proud 145 million people per year. For the railways, this means that capacities must continue to be increased in the future. In addition to the new ECx trains, numerous other modern ICEs have already been ordered. However, the production can not be ramped up, so it may take some time before the current bottlenecks are completely eliminated.
Via: German Railways