ICE 3 train against a Berlin backdrop

Published: 22-09-2009 photo #7512 2 comments 0 votes

Category:High Speed Rail - Passenger Trains    Manufacturer:Siemens    Country:Germany    Year:2009 Contributor:Peter Langsdale

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Photographed at Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central) station on 22 September 2009.
Note the television tower in the background, with viewing windows 203 metres above ground level, from which I took some stunning pictures of the city!
ICE 3 (Inter-City Express type 3) is a family of high-speed EMUs of Deutsche Bahn. This is a Class 403, which was designed to create a higher-powered, lighter train than its predecessors. This was achieved by distributing its 16 traction motors underneath the whole train. The train is licensed for 330 km/h (205 mph) and has reached 368 km/h (228.68 mph) on trial runs. On regular Inter-City Express services they run at up to 300 km/h (187 mph), the maximum design speed of German high-speed lines.
Because the train does not have powerheads, the whole length of the train is available for passenger seats, including the first car. The so-called lounge-seats are located directly behind the driver, separated only by a glass wall.

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