Set of two ICE 1 power heads class 401 of the Deutsche Bahn.
? With a coreless armature motor available for the first time
? One unit powered
? With extra-applied windshield wipers available for the first time
? New roof design with a delicate pantograph
? Operation condition: “Redesign 2005”
? Without transition aprons
The era of high-speed transport at the Deutsche Bundesbahn began in the summer of 1991 with the ICE 1. A completely new railway system was introduced for the first time and excelled with newly developed multiple units, unique high-speed lines, and a complex timetable reform. The power head concept with closed, wide coach transitions was groundbreaking for modern high-speed rail transport. The maximum speed of 280 km/h in regular operation and the high comfort level revolutionised rail transport and secured essential market shares in the fight against the automobile and the aeroplane competition.