ice-tunnel.jpgToday's test was a pre-configuration run using an ICE3MF train, which
is equipped with TVM430 and ETCS for operation in France. DB will
display one of these trains at London St Pancras station on Tuesday.

At present all passenger trains must have power cars and be at least
375m-long with a through corridor to aid evacuation in an emergency.
The ICEs are 200m-long and have distributed power and, if run in pairs
to form a 400m-long train, would not have a corridor connection between
the two sets. Nonetheless, DB said last week it is confident it can
secure approval from the IGC, and hopes to demonstrate during the tests
that passengers can safely evacuate a 200m-long train in the tunnel.