Deutsche Bahn awarded Alstom a EUR 10 million contract to retrofit 19 additional ICE1 high-speed trains with ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3.
The contract includes the development, design and manufacture of the digital signalling system ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3 as well as its installation, connection to existing train control systems and commissioning. The new system will ensure a continuous communication between the vehicle and the track.
The retrofitting work will be implemented in cooperation with several Alstom sites in Berlin, Charleroi (Belgium) and Lyon/Villeurbanne (France). The conversion and recommissioning of the vehicles will be carried out at the ICE-plant in Hamburg-Eidelstedt.
The work is expected to be completed by September 2021.
The project is part of a contract for ETCS deployment on ICE 1 trains. Alstom already retrofitted 39 trains for the commissioning of the VDE 8 high-speed line connecting Berlin and Munich. Since the opening of the high-speed line passenger numbers have more than doubled.