The Series 407 is based on Siemens' Velaro platform. The new ICE 3 also has eight cars – like its forerunner – yet offers more seats: 444 including 111 in first class. Two trains can be coupled into a double unit with a seating capacity of 888. Externally, the new train differs from its forerunner through a newly designed front end and a front-to-rear raised roof section for improved aerodynamics.
In December 2013, the new ICE 3 was approved for double-unit operation within Germany. By the end of December 2013, four ICE trains were handed over to Deutsche Bahn. Four additional trains are to follow by the end of March 2014. "We have successfully mastered the challenges, in particular those presented by the certification process, and are pleased to see the new ICE 3 running on Germany's lines," said Wilder.
Siemens is delivering a total of 17 trains to DB. At present, the first new ICE 3s are primarily running on the Cologne-Frankfurt (Main)-Stuttgart line in place of the previous ICE 3. Beginning in mid April, the eight delivered trains will be integrated into the current timetable. In coordination with DB, Siemens is conducting comprehensive test runs in France and Belgium with an additional eight trains in order to prepare for official approval of cross-border operation to these countries.
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