Germany’s ICE Train Turns 30

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is celebrating 30 years of ICE traffic in Germany with the christening of the first XXL ICE.

This is the latest addition to the ICE fleet, and the longest high-speed train in the country.

Steinmeier baptises ICE train 'Bundesrepublik Deutschland', celebrating 30 years of ICE trains
German President Steinmeier baptises ICE train ‘Bundesrepublik Deutschland’, celebrating 30 years of ICE trains

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At a Berlin Central Station ceremony, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier christened the XXL ICE the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany), saying he was celebrating nothing less than a landmark in Germany.

To highlight the fact it’s the longest train in the ICE fleet, water was used from Germany’s longest rivers – the Danube, Rhine and Elbe.

Regular service of ICE trains began back in June 1991 and they have since carried 1.5bn passengers.