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April 28, 2010

Siemens poised to launch fourth-generation Velaro

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SIEMENS is putting the finishing touches to the first of its fourth-generation Velaro high-speed trains ahead of a handover to launch customer German Rail (DB) later this year. The eight-car Velaro-D, which is classified class 407 by DB has capacity for 460 passengers, 30 more than the previous generation of class 406 ICE3 trains. The 320km/h class 407 will be capable of operating in multiple with ICE3s.

DB issued an invitation to tender for a fleet of 15 of the multi-system high-speed trains at the end of 2007, specifying more than 6000 individual requirements in the bid documents. Siemens was awarded the €500 million contract in December 2008 and assembly of the first train began at the company's Krefeld site in Germany in October.

Commissioning will begin on the first train in August and the Velaro D will initially be certified for operation in Germany, France and Belgium. The trains will be delivered to DB from the third quarter of next year and will enter service on routes between Frankfurt and various cities in France at the winter timetable change in December 2011.
 
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