INTRO: Due to enter service at the end of 1999 on international services between Germany and the Netherlands, the ICE3 will start trials at Siemens’ Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre at the end of the year. Operational requirements including four-system capability have led to a radical departure from previous ICE designs

BYLINE: Dr Alois Weschta

General Manager, High Speed Trains, Transportation Systems Group (VT82), Siemens AG

More than just a faster and more comfortable version of the ICE1 and ICE2, the ICE3 is in many ways a radically new train incorporating many innovations to increase operational usefulness. Designed and built by a consortium led by Siemens and including Adtranz, the first ICE3s to enter service will be four four-system trains for Netherlands Railways, which will deploy them on the Amsterdam - K