Deutsche Bahn and Federal Railway Authority (EBA) reached an agreement with Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation on a reworking and testing concept for welds that were occasionally not executed in the specified quality on ICE 4 body shells. As a result of this agreement, five ICE 4 trains will be accepted by DB in the coming days and enter service. After entering services, the customer will have 30 ICE 4 trains available. Subsequently, DB will continue receiving ICE 4 trains as planned and immediately place them in service.
The reworking will be carried out during ongoing operation as part of the warranty of Bombardier Transportation and should not have any effects on passenger service. A detailed timetable for the reworking is currently being worked out between the manufacturers and DB. According to current plans, the reworking should begin early in 2020 and be completed by mid of 2023.
Siemens Mobility is the general contractor for the ICE 4 trains. Bombardier Transportation’s scope of supply is approximately one-third of the total and includes the delivery of all painted body shells, all inboard bearing bogies and the complete assembly of three types of cars, including end cars.