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QUOTE (simonj @ 20 Jan 2008, 01:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Has anybody an idea why the restaurant car on ICE1 has a raised roof while the ICE2 version has a normal height outline? It looks like the ICE1 has a higher interior with roof windows, I wonder why this design was ditched? Possibly for aerodynamic reasons?

The raised roof on the ICE 1´s dining car was raised so that the guests could drink their beer while standing up and still have comfortable "clearance" as far as the roof is concerned.

The design was ditched mainly for weight reasons. The ICE2 often only has one traction unit (I see that every day on the Hannover-Bremen leg), yet has to sustain speeds of 250 kph, so the train´s weight had to be reduced drastically. As a passenger, you can also see that the ICE 2 seats appear flimsier, the compartments were ditched, too, as were many interior adornments.

EDIT: Paul, it wasn´t the diner. See here.
 

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QUOTE (dwb @ 21 Jan 2008, 21:12) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have a photo of an ICE2 at Interlaken West in the gallery - see it here. It looks like it left the paint shop white but ICE1 may be different.

I also have a photo of the restaurant car which is marshalled in these trains. It has the extra row of windows in the roof but not the blank panel in the centre. Is this the other side to the view show above? I can post the image if anyone is interested.

David

Yep. The blank panel is where the bar/kitchen (ok, who said "microwave cupboard"?
) is located; the small door on the right side of the "panel" is the loading door for food and drinks.

Have you ever travelled on an ICE train yourself, David? If not, I can post some pictures from inside the dining car that could clear things up.
 
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