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Introduction ICE 4 in Berlin, Germany

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Perhaps one of the most interesting things with a train that is basically an evolution of what went before is that there will be space for 8 bicycles. Previously, ICE trains did not accept them at all.
 
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Does this and the introduction of the ICx spell the end of loco hauled IC's in Deutschland?
 
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Yep, they're pretty classy trains although it's a bit weird to describe something that is c.2 year's late as 'on time'.... Interiors are very quiet, ride quality excellent although they have put slightly more seats in than early ICEs so a bit less space and what feel to be smaller windows so feels a little claustrophobic inside....
 

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What's the logic behind a maximum speed of 250km/h, rather than previous ICE types of 320km/h and above?
Has a compromise been necessary for some reason, as in some of the high-speed trains in Spain?

I see from this that they are to run initially on the Hamburg-Hannover-Fulda-Munich route: http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/...inter-city-train-for-the-gigabit-society.html
I will be using the southern half of this route next month so will keep an eye out!
 

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Does this and the introduction of the ICx spell the end of loco hauled IC's in Deutschland?

Other than the hauled IC-Dosto, yes, that's the plan.

The ICE4 *is* the ICx. That probably explains the lower top speed and slightly lower quality interior as well as the bicycle carriage.
 
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What's the logic behind a maximum speed of 250km/h, rather than previous ICE types of 320km/h and above?
Has a compromise been necessary for some reason, as in some of the high-speed trains in Spain?

I think the Velaros are dedicated to 300km/h routes while these are replacing ICE1, 2 and loco hauled stock. The superior acceleration of these things might outweight the benefit of 300+ on the routes they are bound to serve.

These trains look awesome, inside and out. This is really the future of intercity!
 

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I'm a bit puzzled because it looks like it is the ICx train and not an evolution of the ICE Highspeed family. Am I wrong on any aspect?

What happened to the ICE Velaro D?


It feels (and sounds) like InterCity being rebranded as Alfa in Portugal, although they "still" (?) have the same InterCity service, but served by EMU's.
 

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I'm a bit puzzled because it looks like it is the ICx train and not an evolution of the ICE Highspeed family. Am I wrong on any aspect?
No, you are right. DB have simply rebranded ICx as 'ICE 4'.

In a few years time, the "IC" brand will be reduced to the double deck intercity coaches (IC2) and single deck intercity coaches for international traffic. On domestic services, it'll all be ICE.
What happened to the ICE Velaro D?
Those are entering service, or have already done so.
 

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In the longer term it's planned that they will also replace the ICE-1s and ICE-2s. I think a few routes will continue to use the current 70s/80s coaches, such as those which require diesel haulage part of the way. Not to mention the fact that DB have just spent a considerable sum of money refurbishing most of the current stock...
 

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I hope for their sake that they're more reliable than the German built trains that Eurostar are using. I've heard them described as being as electrically reliable as a 1960's Fiat.
 

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In the longer term it's planned that they will also replace the ICE-1s and ICE-2s. I think a few routes will continue to use the current 70s/80s coaches, such as those which require diesel haulage part of the way. Not to mention the fact that DB have just spent a considerable sum of money refurbishing most of the current stock...

I noticed last week that whilst many IC coaches have had ICE seating installed, there are still quite a few with the older seating
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I hope for their sake that they're more reliable than the German built trains that Eurostar are using. I've heard them described as being as electrically reliable as a 1960's Fiat.

If the new E* sets are like the ICEs used between Frankfurt and Brussels, I can't say I'm surprised
 

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In the longer term it's planned that they will also replace the ICE-1s and ICE-2s. I think a few routes will continue to use the current 70s/80s coaches, such as those which require diesel haulage part of the way. Not to mention the fact that DB have just spent a considerable sum of money refurbishing most of the current stock...

And a very nice job they've done on them as well.
 

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There are problems with the ICE 4. On certain lines at high speed the passengers get a free massage (vibrations). According to DB safety is not risk; just a lower level of comfort. It seems that the tracks are the cause; not the wheels.
 

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Source: Deutsche Bahn

IC 2 is just a push-pull doublestock train.
 
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