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The ICx
A new era of intercity traffic for the Deutsche Bahn
The new DB platform
The ICx 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 train-
sets. In the initial phase, 130 ICx-type trains have been
ordered, and beginning in 2016 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 ICx will then be respon-
sible for roughly 70 percent of Deutsche Bahn’s inter-
urban transport revenue.

Flexible vehicle

The ICx sets new standards in intercity traffic. Together with its partner
Bombardier, Siemens has developed a unique concept, that means it
can be individually adapted to the requirements of various transport
tasks. The modular drive concept is based on independent Power-
cars with identical traction technology, resulting in more flexibility
than ever before. High operational availability is guaranteed by
a large number of reliable systems with high redundancy.

5-car trainset

6-car trainset

7-car trainset 200 m

8-car trainset

9-car trainset

10-car trainset

11-car trainset

12-car trainset

13-car trainset

14-car trainset

The Powercar concept

The ICx’s drive concept is based on the so called Powercar concept. To achieve a high degree of
modularity and therefore flexibility, the components of the traction system – basically trans-
former, traction converter, cooler, and four traction motors – are implemented in autonomic,
powered identical cars (Powercars) and integrated beneath the cars. All trainset configurations
– from five to fourteen cars – are possible within certain framework conditions. This means
that the train can be optimally adapted to specific transport tasks in terms of acceleration,
speed, and passenger capacity. Even a double traction of two seven-part trainsets to form
a 400-meter trainset as per TSI is feasible. Other configurations are also conceivable – for
example, modifying the ratio of first-class to second-class seats.

Powercar (1.65 MW)
Trailer car

288 m

400 m

Optimized usable floor space

The ICx is a true world champion when it comes to usable floor space. In only seven cars, it can
comfortably accommodate 500 seats in a 200 meter long train. The individual steel-bodied cars
have been lengthened to 28 meters, thereby reducing the number of intercar gangways, com-
ponents, and bogies while increasing car capacity. Electronics cabinets have been largely elimi-
nated from the interior, and the functional areas have been combined spatially. In addition,
new seats are being used with innovative ergonomics and seat kinematics.

Modular interior design

Configuring the ICx’s large usable floor space is easy and straightforward, thanks to the empty-
tube principle. The entire passenger area has a modular layout, so all the furnishings can
be varied at will. As a result, last-minute changes to accommodate new requirements can be
quickly and easily implemented.
To ensure maximum flexibility, all passenger areas are equipped for easy reconfiguration.
They’re specifically designed for railway applications, are stain-resistant, easy to clean, and
conform to fire, health, and environmental standards.
Innovative seats provide an especially high degree of interior flexibility. They are mounted on
C-rails along which they can be moved: and all the passenger conveniences, including reservation
indicators and electrical outlets, are integrated in the seats themselves. First-class seats are also
equipped with reading lamps.

High travel comfort

Lighting concept Galley

The large panoramic windows (1,924 mm x  The galley area is roomy, and the glass case
780 mm) ensure a well-lit interior and a is perfectly matched with the ICx’s interior
bright, friendly atmosphere. At the same design concept, providing a substantial
time, the innovative lighting in the passenger increase in service options. The number of
area provides bright, uniform illumination seats in the restaurant is based on the
even when the luggage racks are full. As in particular type of train and can be flexibly
airplanes, an illuminated strip integrated into adapted depending on requirements.
the floor guides passengers to the exit.

Accessibility Intelligent passenger information

To make travel more enjoyable for those with The passenger information system keeps
limited mobility, the ICx’s multifunction car passengers constantly informed – both visu­-
provides an area for wheelchairs that is located ally and audibly – of the itinerary and the
in direct proximity to a wheelchair lift and available services. In different regions, texts
roomy universal restroom that conform to and speech can be output in different lan-
TSI PRM standards. guages, e.g. German, English, and French.
The ICx is equipped for GSM mobile phone
and mobile Internet access.

Ecofriendly operation

Despite its high seating capacity, the ICx is relatively lightweight, with a superior weight-to-seat
ratio. The ICx’s modularity supports train configurations that require as few components as
possible. Carefully selected innovations – like the combined use of lightweight trailing bogies
with inside bearings and weight-optimized power bogies, and the further refinement of the
aerodynamic design – help reduce weight and energy consumption. The ICx needs up to 30%
less energy than its predecessors.

Trailing bogie Power bogie

The ICx uses a more highly developed variant The ICx’s power bogie is a further develop-
of the Bombardier FLEXX Eco® trailing bogie. ment of the tried-and-tested SF 500 family.
It has been optimized for high-speed trans- This robust bogie meets high demands for
port. This bogie is especially track-friendly bearing loads and traction forces and has
and helps reduce energy consumption already been successfully in use in high-
through its construction and skirt option. speed transport and double-decker trains.
The trailing bogie is characterized by its low
unsprung mass and its very low weight.
Thanks to its lightweight characteristics it
reduces the ICx’s total weight by 5 %.

Innovative communication system

The SIBAS PN railway automation system deployed in the ICx comprises a combination of control
units and modules that communicate with one another via the train bus. They are responsible
for control and information tasks. In addition, the systems are integrated to provide vehicle
diagnostics as well as maintenance and commissioning support.

ETB /  ETB /  ETB /  ETB /  ETB /  ETB /  ETB / 

– E
Train Bus

Control Control Control Control Control Control Control

device device device device device device device

Driver / HMI Zub / HMI Driver / HMI

Subsystem Subsystem Subsystem Subsystem Vehicle Bus

Subsystem Subsystem Subsystem

Electronic vehicle control system Remote data transmission

The central vehicle control system consists of The remote data transmission and tracking unit
electronic vehicle control equipment, various transfers the requisite diagnostic information
control units, and conventional vehicle control to the land side. This unit fulfills the require-
equipment (control lines, contactors, and ments of the mobile integration platform (MIP)
switches). and can be equipped with various modules to
adapt it for use in specific applications. Online
The architecture of the vehicle control system
communication between train and land is
is consistent with the flexible car concept,
largely bundled in the system used.
made possible by the future Ethernet Train
Bus industry standard that allows for a flexible
car setup. Individual cars will be provided
with control units as needed to ensure maxi-
mum autonomy. The advanced, industry stan-
dard PROFINET is used in each car.

SIBAS PN is Siemens’ innovative railway automa-
tion system. The system is based on SIMATIC
components used in industrial automation sys-
tems and their integrated engineering environ-
ment. The communication network comprises
two hierarchical levels: ETB (Ethernet Train Bus)
and PROFINET vehicle bus. Both communication
systems are based on Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit/s,
Switched Ethernet) with optional redundancy.

Technical data (basic variants)

7-car trainset 10-car trainset

Maximum speed 230 km/h 249 km/h

Train length 200 m 288 m
15 kV / 16.67 Hz;
Voltage system 25 kV / 50 Hz; 15 kV / 16.67 Hz
1.5 kV / DC; 3.0 kV / DC
Number of Powercars 3 5
Traction output 4.95 MW 8.25 MW

Air brake with extra regenerative brake,

track brake as electro-magnetic track brake

Number of axles 28 (12 driven) 40 (20 driven)

Number of bogies 14 (6 driven) 20 (10 driven)
Axle load < 18 t
Number of cars per train 7 10
Gauge 1,435 mm
Car body Steel, 28 m
Pantograph AC / DC AC
Service entry 12 / 2016

Number of seats
499 / 80 / 17 724 / 210 / 23
(total / first-class / restaurant)
International operation
The ICx is perfectly suited for international operation. The basic
configurations are designed for use in Germany and Austria, and
the ten-car trains are also configured for Switzerland. The first
order also includes trains equipped for use in Holland, and trains
for other European countries (Denmark, France, Luxemburg,
Poland, Czech Republic, and Italy) are available when requested.

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