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DB Fernverkehr Traxx AC2  

On 12.01.2011, DB Fernverkehr published the news that they had ordered 27 Traxx locomotives with P160 AC2 configuration, to be used with 135 new double deck coaches. Together they will form 27 rakes of 5 coaches with a high level of comfort and service aboard. With this new concept, DB Fernverkehr aims on lines with not that many travelers.
The choice of rolling stock was remarkable. For some time the DB was already negotiating with the industry about the how and when of the next generation rolling stock for the classic intercity-network (project ICx). There train sets would be the ideal solution. Next to that, Bombardier also had a self-propelled double deck concept on the drawingbord since 2008.. but nothing of that.
For this concept, DB choose for proven concepts. DB Regio already had 47 similar locomotives (the 146.2 series) locomotives and loads of similar double stock coaches. Because of the maximum speed of the locomotives, these InterCity-trains will have a maximum speed of 160 kph. – DB

background information
At that time, DB had massive quality problems and nearly no InterCity and ICE spare trains. This created an urgent need for more InterCity trains. They already had tendered a frame contract for a new EMUs for InterCity services (ICX), but negotiations with the preferred bidder, Siemens, was still without an outcome.

So to solve problems on the short term, DB found a creative solution. Bombardier rolling stock was ordered out of an existing frame contract for regional trains. This means that they didn't need to start a long tender procedure again. Next to that, both locomotives and coaches were of an already existing type, so services could start without a long trial procedure and period.

The interior of the coaches can easily be adapted to ICE level, the top speed is still 160 kph, instead of the normal InterCity speed of 200km/h. But at the press conferences DB Manager Ulrich Homburg said, that they'll try to homologate the trains for 185km/h. This value is chosen, because everything from 190km/h and above is rated as High Speed and has to meet the more complex EU rules of the TSI HS (High Speed) instead of the TSI CR (Conventional Rail).

Delivery delay
Originally, Bombardier and the DB envisaged the delivery of the first trains for 2013. The idea was that selecting a type of train that was already in service would ensure a quick and seamless introduction in commercial service. But reality proved otherwise. The DoIC-trains are different from the regional versions. These differences are not restricted to a difference color and a more comfortable interior. Also the steering and control systems and the diagnose systems on board of the locomotives and coaches are different. The loading gauge of the double stock coaches is slightly smaller compared to the DB Regio versions.
The delivery of the trains was postponed several times. Production of locomotives and coaches was already well underway in 2013, but none of them were delivered. There was no approval yet. It took until November 2014 before complete DoIC-sets appeared on the German rail network for their first dynamic tests.

DB Fernverkehr Traxx AC2: news  
2016
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2016-10-20 [DE] Deutsche Bahn: as of December IC2 will be redeployed
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2016-07-30 [DE] DB Fernverkehr: IC2 comes to Köln - Dresden in September
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2016-02-04 [DE] Introduction IC2 trains on IC lines 35/50/55 delayed
2015
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2015-12-18 [DE] DB Fernverkehr 146 577, the last one
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2015-12-14 [DE] DB Fernverkehr: IC2 in service
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2015-11-03 [DE] Maiden run: DB Fernverkehr 146 575
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2015-10-25 [DE] 146 555 and its train: the First IC2 to get a name [update]
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2015-10-22 [DE] Construction of DB Fernverkehr 146.5 resumed
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2015-10-14 [DE] IC2: in service in three phases
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2015-09-24 [DE] DB's double deck-ICs approved for revenue service. Hello 'Intercity 2'!
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2015-09-09 [DE] DB Fernverker Double deck-IC in diesel modus ;)
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2015-08-24 [DE] New DB 146 allocations
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2015-06-12 [DE] Tests with 146 553 and 570 for DB Fernverkehr
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2015-02-27 [DE] DB 146 553 and Nah.sh 245 201 testing with metronom coaches
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2015-02-10 [DE] Hin & Her: sandwich test rides with DB Fernverkehr 146
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2015-01-29 [DE] DB Fernverkehr 146 557 and 566 testing
2014
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2014-12-18 [DE] DB Fernvekehr double deck IC in Trebbin
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2014-12-15 [DE] DB Fernverkehr 146 557
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2014-11-21 [DE] DB Fernvekehr 146 566 with train in Frankfurt [updated]
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2014-11-19 [DE] DB Fernvekehr's double deck IC train in Leipzig during open door day
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2014-11-18 [DE] DB Fernvekehr's double deck IC train completed
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2014-10-21 [DE] Fernverkehr-Traxx whereabouts
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2014-10-13 [DE] Two -no so- new DB 146s
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2014-06-21 [DE] Intercity Traxx, images
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2014-05-05 [DE] DB Fernverkehr double deck IC-trains
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2014-03-25 [DE] Another day in Kassel. 245 001 and 3x 146.5
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2014-03-23 [DE] 146 551 with a driver trailer
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2014-03-16 [DE] Red and grey and grey and red
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2014-02-03 [DE] Fernverkehr-Traxx in Hennigsdorf
2013
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2013-11-06 [DE] Production of IC Traxx locomotives gains momentum
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2013-09-21 [DE] ICx versus double deck Intercity
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2013-05-22 [CZ] Portait of 146 551 and 554 in Velim
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2013-04-24 [CZ] Triple Traxx in Velim (187 001 - 146 551 and 554)
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2013-04-13 [CZ] 146 551 and 554 in Breclav
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2013-04-08 [DE] 146 551 is out, early morning transport
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2013-03-22 [DE] Traxx AC2 locomotive in IC Design on test run (official)
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2013-03-19 [DE] DB 146 553 on trial with double deck driving trailer
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2013-02-08 [DE] Waiting for Wegberg
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2013-01-30 [DE] Test run with DB Transport 146 553
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2013-01-25 [DE] 146 552 running with 185 339 / Traxx AC2 approval
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2013-01-21 [DE] DB 146 552: snow camouflage
2012
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2012-11-14 [DE] Testing is hot: 146 552 for the Deutsche Bahn
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2012-10-30 [DE] Test runs with Intercity-Traxx started
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2012-09-16 [DE] plans with double deck InterCity trains DB change
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2012-09-07 [DE] Kassel is preparing for the Innotrans
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2012-01-17 [DE] Services of the future DB Fernverk.. no DB Transport Traxx locomotives
2011
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2011-01-13 [DE] Traxx for InterCity services
DB Fernverkehr Traxx AC2 on a poster - sponsored  

DB Fernverkehr 146.5: select your locomotive  
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