Deutsche Bahn and Talgo presented the concept of the new long-distance train, called “ECx.” The locomotive-hauled passenger coaches are highly versatile, making them an ideal addition to DB’s vehicle fleet starting in 2023.
An ECx train consists of one multi-system locomotive with a maximum speed of 230 km/h and 17 passenger cars. The trains have a total of 570 seats, 85 in first class and 485 in second.
“We announced in our agenda for better rail service that we would create more rail capacity. The ECx allows for a better range of products and more comfort. This innovative train will make a critical contribution toward making even more people feel enthusiastic about traveling by rail,” says Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn.
The ECx trains will run on a cross-border route between Berlin and Amsterdam, cutting the travel time on this route by about 30 minutes to five hours and 50 minutes. The new vehicles will also be used on tourist routes to Westerland (Sylt) and Oberstdorf.
“Starting in 2023, the new trains will be used on the Marsh Railway to Sylt, on the Allgäu railway to Oberstdorf and on the international Amsterdam–Berlin route,” said Enak Ferlemann, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport.
The new trains will offer great room for baggage, an on-board bistro and real-time data to keep passengers informed, Wi-Fi. Passengers can enter the train at the height of the platform without climbing any stairs, making it easier for all passengers to travel and enabling passengers in wheelchairs to board independently.
In February, DB and Talgo signed a EUR 550 million contract for the supply of 23 trainsets, under a framework agreement for 100 Talgo 230 push-pull trains for intercity and long-distance services. The trains will have a maximum speed of 230 km/h and each train will include one locomotive and one driving trailer.