The Deutche Bahn ICE 3 by Trix
Review by Neil Wood
Trix model 22205
Many railway modellers prefer steam engines to modern
diesel and electrics. There are several reasons for this like character
and nostalgia; however for younger people the trains that catch the eye are the
modern express trains. Nothing defines the advances in locomotive
technology better than the high speed trains now operating in Europe and Japan .
One of the latest of these is the ICE3 which made by Siemens in Germany .
The ICE3 is the third incarnation of ICE with
substantial modification from the previous two versions. A higher top
speed of 330km/h and the ability to climb steeper grades required greater power
than the previous versions. The power was to be distributed across the
train rather than concentrated in one or two power units. The ICE3 will be an
eight-car `half train' with 16 powered axles which can operate in double
traction like the ICE2.
Testing of first ICE3 vehicles began in autumn 1998.
The first ICE3 trains were delivered to the DB Reise &Touristik AG and NS Reizigers BV
towards the end of 1999 and entered regular service in May 2000.
The ICE1 and ICE2, were intended for domestic
however the ICE3 comes in versions for one and four current systems and
slightly narrower profile for international operation throughout
continental Europe . The international ICE3 will be delivered with the
signalling systems of the Netherlands , Germany and Switzerland , but
can be easily extended to run
in other countries ( Belgium , France , Italy ) as well.
37 single-system trains (class 403) and 13 four-system
trains (class 406) are in service or still being delivered for the DB AG. 4
four-system trains (class 406, NS number 4651 to 4654) have been delivered to
styling was created by Alexander Neumeister, who is responsible for the visual
characteristics of the whole ICE family. The carriages are shorter and
narrower than those of the ICE 1 and ICE 2. The front is more streamlined, and
instead of the two rectangular front windows, it now has one large oval window.
The passengers in the first and last car can look out through the cab window.