ICE 2 redesign reaches halfway stage

On 23rd March 2012, the 22nd ICE 2 left the DB works in Nuremberg after a fi veweekrefi t. This means that half of the 44 ICE 2 trainsets have been modernised from the ground up, a project in which Deutsche Bahn is investing over 100 million EUR

DB started work on the redesign of the ICE 2 trainsets in early 2011. By mid- 2013, all of the ICE 2 units – which entered service as far back as in 1996-97 – will have been made fi t for the next 15
years of operation.

The redesign project has kept some 300 workers at the Nuremberg facility of DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung
GmbH in their jobs. For its ground-up modernisation, the interior of each ICE 2 is completely dismantled,
gutted, repaired and reassembled.

This takes about fi ve weeks per trainset. During this time, numerous technical modifi cations are carried out to improve the ride comfort and increase the trains’ availability.

The inside of the trains is being remodelled in line with the current ICE look in terms of colour scheme and interior design, with for example leather seats in fi rst class. The installation of new seats with a different construction, together with a different coach fl oor plan, means the redesigned trains now seat an additional 13 passengers, 12 of them in second class. But legroom in second class remains unchanged, and in first class it is actually bigger.

The new seat type features a handhold and seat number on the headrest. To enable electronic devices to be used on the train, every double seat in second class, and every seat in fi rst class, now has a power outlet.

In total, 16,900 passenger seats, 22,200 square metres of carpeting and fl oor covering, and over
1,700 tables are being replaced; 2,000 TFT information displays are being installed; and 135 kilometres of singlecore and multi-core cabling is being laid.

Further enhancements for customers include increased space for luggagethanks to additional shelves, and new.

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