Germany at 25: The ICE-Train

The Flensburg Files would like to wish the ICE-Train Happy 25 years of service. For those who want to know the origins of the flagship of the Deutsche Bahn, here’s an overview written last year with a link to a song by the German quartett group The Wiseguys. Enjoy! 🙂

THE FLENSBURG FILES

ICE- Diesel stopping at Schleswig south of Flensburg. Photo taken in 2012 ICE- Diesel stopping at Schleswig south of Flensburg. Photo taken in 2012

“Ding-Dong!  Gleis eins, Einfahrt ICE 737 nach Hamburg Hauptbahnhof über Neumünster. Abfahrt 13:25. Vorsicht bei der Einfahrt!”  Seconds later, a white worm with black and white stripes approaches the platform of Schleswig, south of Flensburg, where a half dozen passengers board the train heading to Hamburg and all places to the south of there. As the train departs the platform, it takes off at high speed, as it heads to its next station.

Speeds of up to 350 km/ph (218 mph), with comfort seats, a children’s compartment, a rather formal Bord Restaurant and lastly, enjoying the company of other passengers while checking the train schedule via broschure or even computer. At the same time, one can see the landscape fly by with a wink of an eye. These are the characteristics of the Inter City Express trains (short:…

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