Deutsche Bahn (DB) has officially opened a modernized ICE long-distance train maintenance center in Berlin-Rummelsburg. After an investment of 200 million euros, the maintenance capacity has been increased by 30 percent. Additional jobs were also created. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to RailTech.


The main hall, with five separate service tracks, has been extended by 200 meters to accommodate ICE trains up to 400 meters long in the future. Due to the extra length, two shorter trains can be lined up. DB expects an additional 120 jobs to be available at the facility by 2025, with about 850 people currently employed.

Berlin-Rummelsburg station employees clean, check and repair an average of about 75 trains every day. Thanks to the additional floor space, service capabilities have increased by 30 percent. The facility can serve all current ICE series (ICE 1–4). To accommodate the new ICE L, the Rummelsburg site will undergo another expansion in the coming years. For this, DB will invest another 200 million euros.

“We are investing in new trains at a record level. In the next year alone we will receive an average of three new ICE trains – every month. With the extended vehicle hall in the ICE plant in Berlin, we are creating urgently needed workshop capacities for our growing long-distance transport fleet”, DB board member for long-distance passenger transport Michael Peterson said at the inauguration of the upgraded facility.

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