The development of express trains for more than 30 years

Status: 01.02.2022 2:20 p.m

The Intercity Express trains are the fastest passenger trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. They have been in use between around 180 stations for more than 30 years. An overview of the development of express trains.

By Lilli-Marie Hiltscher,

In 1981, then French President François Mitterrand inaugurated the first route for the new TGV high-speed trains in France. The Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train started regular operations 17 years earlier. In Germany at that time people still traveled comfortably with the through coach.

It was not until June 2, 1991 that the first regular ICE left Hamburg-Altona for Munich at 5:53 a.m. The market launch took place under the slogan: “Twice as fast as the car, half as fast as the plane.” Since then, express trains have continued to develop – up to the ICE 3neo, for which Deutsche Bahn today signed a deal worth billions with Siemens. Here is an overview of the ICE generations that have been traveling between around 180 stations in Germany and the five neighboring countries of Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands for more than 30 years.

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