High-speed and Intercity trains

Highly developed, future-ready connections are required to enable the fast, reliable, cross-border linkage of urban population centers. These connections must meet the ever-higher standards for punctuality, comfort, service, and flexibility imposed by passenger demands – as well as the increasing requirements of operators for cost efficiency and quality. Our high quality standards are based on Siemens’ use of first-rate materials; the appeal of our designs is their reliable and well-established technology. Intelligent, integrated solutions and virtual design capabilities are the foundations of our complete systems. These are some of the principles we apply in building train platforms that impress rail operators, investors, and passengers worldwide – eco-friendliness, low maintenance requirements, and modularity – in high-speed and intercity traffic.

The ICE 4 - the new DB platform

The ICE 4 will be the backbone of the Deutsche Bahn’s future long-distance network. In May 2011, the German national railway company is concluding a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility for up to 300 trainsets. In the initial phase, 130 ICE 4-type trains have been ordered, and beginning in 2017 they will replace the Intercity and Eurocity fleets put into operation between 1971 and 1991. At a later time, it is planned to replace ICE 1 and ICE 2 vehicles. The ICE 4 will then be responsible for roughly 70 percent of Deutsche Bahn’s interurban transport revenue.

Velaro – High-speed platform

Top-flight performance in high-speed rail traffic provides an eco-friendly, future-ready alternative to aircraft and cars, and is an important key factor in the economic success and quality of life of entire regions. Today, the Velaro has an experience lead of ten years. The revolutionary move (away from concentrating the traction equipment in power cars operating in push-pull mode, towards a distributed traction configuration) was an advance made by Siemens in the 1990s. As a result, the first train – the ICE 3® – went into service in time for Expo 2000. From there, Siemens’ innovations have continued ever since.

The Velaro platform is based on our experience with creating rail solutions in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, China, and Russia. The fourth generation of the Velaro, the outgrowth of our latest development work, now returns to its home country – and it’s a real European. The interoperable high-speed Velaro Deutschland, built for the Deutsche Bahn AG (BR 407), will link Europe under four different voltage systems.


Whether in Melbourne or Sacramento, an efficient railway operation requires effective service concepts. We’re at home anywhere in the world, and can offer maintenance solutions matched perfectly to our customers’ present and future requirements.

Our comprehensive range of services offers flexible solutions for professional maintenance, spare parts supply, modernization and accident repair - also for the testing and validation of railway systems.