The repair shop with a length of 450 m with six tracks will allow servicing up to 25 ICE trains per day
photo: photo: DB AG
Deutsche Bahn (German Railways, DB) will build a new Intercity-Express (ICE) long-distance train service center in Nuremberg, Germany. The repair shop with a length of 450 m with six tracks will allow servicing up to 25 ICE trains per day. It will become the largest depot in Germany. Autonomous environmentally friendly technologies will provide the depot with electricity, heating and hot water.
According to Ronald Pofall, director of DB Infrastructure (a subsidiary of DB), Nuremberg is the central hub of Germany’s rail network and therefore an ideal location for the construction of a new depot.
The project cost is about 400 million euros. The working area of the depot will be 460 thousand square meters. m on a 5.5 km section.
The centerpiece will be a 450-meter-long roofed space where up to 25 ICE trains can be serviced and repaired to ensure reliable long-distance passenger transportation.
The location of the center will be determined in the coming months. Nuremberg’s ICE high-speed train plant is expected to be powered entirely by environmentally friendly technologies. Photovoltaic systems and the use of solar energy will fully provide the center with electricity, heat water and heat the premises. The specially insulated building envelope will ensure low energy consumption.
Berthold Huber, Director of the Passenger Transportation Department at DB, noted that high-performance railways are the basis for the transition to mobility. “Today we must set a course for the growth and renewal of maintenance of the rolling stock fleet. The decision to build a new plant in Nuremberg is an important milestone, ”says Berthold Huber.
According to Ronald Pofall, DB attracts regional companies to participate in tenders for the construction of the plant and the provision of all related services.
“DB will create 450 jobs here, and local companies can participate in tenders for the construction of the plant. Thus, we strengthen the economic strength of the entire region, ”says the director of DB Infrastructure.
“We are investing more in the rail system than ever before,” says German Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. – A well-equipped and fully functional ICE train fleet will create an attractive and reliable alternative to road traffic. The new plant in Nuremberg will make a significant contribution to this. ”
It is planned that DB will invest 8.5 billion euros for the expansion, maintenance and modernization of the intercity rolling stock by 2026, including for the purchase of 167 new Intercity-Express trains.