Types of Intercity-Express Trains
From: Germany's ICE Trains
To most passengers, all Intercity-Express trains look pretty much the same: They're long, streamlined trainsets with pale grey (almost white) paint and red stripes along the side, and all offer high standards of comfort.
Still, there are differences that are worth noting:
trains were introduced in the early 1990s. The trainsets have power cars, or locomotives, at each end and passenger cars (including a tall BordRestaurant dining car) in between.
Itrains are a bit more streamlined than their ICE 1 counterparts, with a BordBistro café/restaurant that looks almost identical to the standard passenger cars.
trains have bullet noses and no separate power cars: motors and other electrical components are beneath the floors of the passenger cars, making it possible to offer a "lounge seat" compartment directly behind the engineer's cockpit at each end of the train. Passengers can watch the driver and the tracks ahead through a floor-to-ceiling glass partition.
Lounge seats are also available ontrains, which are similar to ICE 3 trains but include a tilting mechanism to allow faster speeds on curved track.
ICE train services
Intercity-Express trains also can be defined by their type of service:
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