ICE Celebrates 25 Years Of Service

Deutsche Bahn celebrated a key milestone this week with the 25th anniversary of its high-speed Intercity-Express (ICE) train service. To mark the occasion, the German rail operator gathered 4 generations of ICE trains, each bearing a special anniversary livery.


Launched on 2 June 1991, the first ICE service travelled from Hamburg-Altona to Munich via Frankfurt and Stuttgart, reaching speeds of up to 280 kilometers per hour and cutting travel times. The high-speed services proved popular and were progressively extended throughout Germany to replace conventional trains.


ICE trains also went international in 1992 with routes to Basel and Zurich in neighbouring Switzerland. This was followed over the years by trains connecting Germany to Austria, Belgium, Denmark and France, making the service an integral part of Europe’s high-speed rail network.


Today, there are around 250 ICE trainsets in service, carrying approximately 216,000 passengers an average of 318 kilometers a day at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour on the extensive German ICE network. In its 25 years of operation, the fleet has traveled over 1.8 billion kilometers, equivalent to 4,700 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.


Deutsche Bahn continues to improve its ICE product with the addition of onboard Wi-Fi to the fleet and a new ICE 4 trainset under development. Although delayed due to technical challenges, there are plans for ICE services to be extended across the English Channel to the UK.


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