More comfort, more reliability, more space: presenting the ECx, Deutsche Bahn’s new long-distance train
1. Setting a new standard for accessibility
2. The first trains are coming in 2023
3. Substantially shorter travel times between Berlin and Amsterdam
In February, Deutsche Bahn (DB) awarded a contract to Spanish manufacturer Talgo for the supply of 23 new long-distance trains. Given the working title of "ECx," the new trains will be used to expand DB's vehicle fleet starting in 2023. The locomotive-hauled passenger coaches are highly versatile, making them an ideal addition to DB's fleet. Deutsche Bahn consistently expands its fleet of long-distance vehicles to create additional rail capacity. That allows the company to offer more and more passengers better products and a higher level of comfort. The ECx trains will run on a cross-border route from Berlin to Amsterdam, cutting the travel time on this route by some 30 minutes to 5 hours and 50 minutes. The new vehicles will also be used on tourist connections to Westerland (Sylt) and Oberstdorf.
The ECx lets Deutsche Bahn offer its guests true ICE comfort: Apart from Wi-Fi, that also includes a great deal of room for baggage, an on-board bistro and real-time data to keep passengers informed. This train sets a new standard for accessibility. At every door, guests 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 come on board independently.
The first EUR 550 million order of 23 trains is part of a framework agreement DB signed with the Spanish manufacturer Talgo for up to 100 multi-system locomotives and passenger wagons. In a European contract award procedure, Talgo submitted the most attractive bid and was awarded the contract.