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Anyone who goes on vacation by train wants to get to their destination not only quickly, but also comfortably. A new type of train from Deutsche Bahn, the ICE L, will encourage more travelers to use the train in the future.
ICE L is going to popular holiday destinations
From October 2024, ICE L will travel to popular holiday destinations such as Amsterdam, Sylt and Oberstdorf in the Allgäu, replacing the aging intercity trains. The first trains will run on the route Berlin – Amsterdam. In 2026, the trains will also run on the tourist routes to Sild and Oberstdorf.
How fast does the ICE L go?
The new trains can travel at up to 230 kilometers per hour. For example, the travel time between Berlin and Amsterdam should be reduced by around 30 minutes to 5:50 hours, according to DB.
However, according to Spanish manufacturer Talgo, the ICE L can be upgraded to high-speed trains of up to 300 km/h if required. This is already done in Spain for the local state railway Renfe, which operates on high-speed routes such as between Madrid and Barcelona.
What’s new in ICE L?
The 255 meter long and 425 ton trains have 562 seats spread over 17 carriages. They are divided into 85 first class seats and 477 second class seats.
Even getting into the ICE L should be much more comfortable. Heavy suitcases or prams no longer have to be lifted up the stairs, and it is also easier for people in wheelchairs to travel on DB.
Because it will be the first ICE Stepless and level entry and exit be. For the first time, wheelchair users can get in and out without outside help. “L” stands for the English term “low floor”, according to Deutsche Bahn.
To Bicycles more space is created in ICE L: there must be eight parking spaces per trains, these are still completely missing in the older ICE.
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New design in ICE L
In the individual carriages, many things should become more modern: The seat cover will henceforth be in flat fabric without pile, cover will be blue in second class and gray in first class.
The next generation of seats has received a new one seat kinematics, where the backrest and head area can be moved backwards into a resting position. The second class double seats are based on a bench and put together, but can still be adjusted individually. First class seats have wider seat, back and head cushions.
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restaurant on board and the bistro on board gets a new coat of paint. Here, the dark red tone “Burgundy”, which travelers already know from the new DB company clothing, is obtained.
And what smartphone users should be happy about is that they no longer have to worry about a dead battery. tablet holder and electrical outlets are available in all seats, including second class. There are also extra storage areas and clothes hooks in place.
Also new in terms of equipment: In every car there is luggage racks for large luggage – quite important when traveling on holiday.
Making calls, watching series or listening to music could also work better. The new train will be equipped with mobile phone transparent windows. It is for better mobile phone reception worries. How exactly does it work?
DB explains it like this: The windows of an ICE are basically equipped with a thin metal layer, which not only keeps solar radiation out, but also mobile phone waves. But a fine grid is lasered into the metal layer so that the mobile phone’s waves can enter the car.
To Families there is an extended family and toddler area in ICE L.
Video shows the first impression of the ICE L
What will the design look like? Take a virtual tour and watch the DB video here:
ICE L arrives later than planned
The new ICE will not be built by Siemens as usual, but by the manufacturer Talgo from Spain. However, there are significant delays in delivery. Originally, the first trains were supposed to start on German rails in 2023. Corona is stated as the reason, as reported by “Tagesspiegel Backround”.
Therefore, due to the pandemic, many companies could only have had their employees away from home for a long time. This affected not only the development but also the production of the new DB model series. Originally the working title for Ecx, the name was changed in 2021.
However, travelers can already see the new interior design in December 2023: The 17th ICE 3 neo will be the first train in the new design.