€200 million: hall extension at the ICE plant in Berliner Rummelsburg

Karel Novak, Published on 30/12/2022
€200 million: hall extension at the ICE plant in Berliner Rummelsburg
@Deutsche Bahn AG / Volker Emersleben

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has invested around 200 million euros in the expansion and extended the five-track hall by 200 meters. Now trains up to 400 meters long, such as the XXL-ICE 4, or two shorter trains in a row can be maintained here on one track.

In addition to the extension of the vehicle hall, DB has created larger material storage facilities and additional treatment facilities for ICE and Intercity trains. This increases the maintenance capacity at the Rummelsburg site by around 30 percent. Every day, 75 trains are cleaned, checked, and repaired here for their next journey.

DB Board Member for Long-Distance Passenger Transport Michael Peterson: "We are investing in new trains at record levels. Next year alone, we will receive an average of three new ICEs - every month. With the expanded vehicle hall at the ICE plant in Berlin, we are creating urgently needed workshop capacity for our growing long-distance fleet."

The planners also took climate protection and biodiversity into account during the expansion. A photovoltaic system was installed on the new roof, nesting aids for birds and bats were installed and wildflower meadows were planted.

Currently, more than 850 employees work at the Rummelsburg plant. By 2025, the team will grow by around 120 additional skilled workers.

Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey: "The expansion of the Rummelsburg ICE plant shows that Berlin is also a rail metropolis. We are delighted that Deutsche Bahn has decided to invest here in Berlin. This will bring the Rummelsburg plant up to the technical standard of the 21st century. From now on, more and longer trains with more seats can be serviced in Berlin. The state of Berlin relies on the railway as a future-oriented, climate and environmentally friendly, and fast means of transport. Rail is the centerpiece of the transport turnaround that we need."

Berlin is one of the largest locations for the provision of long-distance trains in Germany. All series from the ICE 1 to the ICE 4 can be maintained here. The new ICE L will also find its home in the Rummelsburg plant in the future. To this end, DB will continue to expand the Rummelsburg site in the coming years. Over the next few years, another 200 million euros will be invested in new stabling facilities and the renovation of another vehicle hall for even more capacity.

In long-distance transport, DB operates maintenance facilities at nine locations, the majority of which are being expanded. Nationwide, the Group is investing more than two billion euros in the new construction and expansion of the plants and stabling facilities by 2030, and thus in better punctuality and quality of the ICE and Intercity trains. In addition, DB is creating 1,000 additional jobs in the plants throughout Germany.

@Deutsche Bahn AG / Volker Emersleben
@Deutsche Bahn AG / Volker Emersleben



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