Knorr-Bremse to equip DB’s new ICE trains

new high-speed ICE trainsSiemens Mobility awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply braking and entrance systems for 30 new high-speed ICE trains which will be delivered to Deutsche Bahn. The contract includes an option for 60 additional trains.

Under the contract, Knorr-Bremse will supply, from the first quarter of 2021, pneumatic braking systems, eddy current brakes and entrance systems for 30 high-speed trains based on the Velaro platform

A highlight of these trains for Deutsche Bahn is the eddy current brake, developed by Knorr-Bremse and based on the induction principle for noiseless, frictionless braking. Combined with intelligent brake management, this technology helps, among other things, to significantly reduce wear on brake pads and thus increase sustainability.

Knorr-Bremse will also equip the high-speed ICE trains with fast-closing and pressure-tight entrance systems. These have already proven to be among the most reliable on the existing ICE train fleet. “Our door systems play an important role in the intelligent handling of passenger flows, in cutting waiting times on the platform and enhancing passenger comfort on board, Oliver Schmidt, Chairman of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse GmbH Austria, said.

These new trains are part of a EUR 1 billion contract signed by Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility in July which are to be delivered starting 2022. With 440 seats each, the new trains will provide 13,000 seats in total creating additional capacity on German network. The new trains will run on the Cologne-Frankfurt and Munich-Berlin railway lines as well on the international routes as they will be approved for transport services in the Netherlands and Belgium. The new high-speed ICE trains will be able to run at speeds of up to 300 km/h on national high-speed lines and with up to 320 km/h on international routes.

In 2015, Knorr-Bremse has equipped 17 high-speed trains based on the Velaro platform from Siemens Mobility, operated as Intercity Express – ICE trains in Germany.

This year, Knorr-Bremse has signed with Deutsche Bahn a contract to modernise the braking system for more than 155 Desiro DMUs which are offering regional transport services.


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