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Intercity is the second-highest train classification in Germany, after the
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.
Intercity InterCity (commonly abbreviated ''IC'' on timetables and tickets) is the classification applied to certain long-distance passenger train services in Europe. Such trains (in contrast to regional, local, or commuter trains) generally call at maj ...
services are loco-hauled
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services, usually over long-distances. There are Intercity routes throughout Germany, and routes generally operate with a two-hour frequency, with multiple routes giving a more frequent service on core routes. Intercity services are operated by the
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sector of
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. The ''Intercity'' name was introduced in Germany in 1971, replacing the old F-Zug category, and was the top category of train in Germany until the introduction of the ICEs in the early 1990s. With the proliferation of ICE services, the role of IC trains has diminished slightly, and they have taken on the character of many former
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trains. Nonetheless, Intercity trains still offer a very high standard of speed and comfort – all services convey first class accommodation, and most include catering – usually a Bistro Cafe, but some services include a
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. A number of Intercity services serve destinations outside Germany; most of these are under the
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classification.


History


Inception

The idea for Intercity services on the
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network was first proposed in 1967, inspired by the success of
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's
InterCity InterCity (commonly abbreviated ''IC'' on timetables and tickets) is the classification applied to certain long-distance passenger train services in Europe. Such trains (in contrast to regional, local, or commuter trains) generally call at maj ...
brand. After some planning, the proposal was approved in 1969, and the services were finally introduced in September 1971, after some delays in delivery of new coaching stock. The original network consisted of four lines, operating every two hours, and connecting the largest cities in
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. At this time, Intercity trains were first-class only. The original lines were: * line 1 (red): Hamburg-Altona – Bremen – Münster (Westf) – Dortmund – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich * line 2 (blue): Hannover – Bielefeld – Hamm – Dortmund – Hagen – Wuppertal-Elberfeld (– Solingen-Ohligs) – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Wiesbaden – Frankfurt (Main) – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Augsburg – Munich * line 3 (green): Hamburg-Altona – Hannover – Göttingen – Fulda – Frankfurt (Main) – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Freiburg (Breisgau) – Basel * line 4 (gold): Bremen – Hannover – Göttingen – Bebra – Fulda – Würzburg (– Ingolstadt) – Munich Gradually, the Intercity network started to expand, and with the introduction of the Class 103 locomotives, 200 km/h running was possible. Services were increased in frequency to hourly, and second class accommodation was provided – in 1979 this was promoted with the slogan "every hour, every class". Additionally, there is also another new line 5, running from Dortmund to Munich. It was opened since 2 May 1985. * line 1 (red): Hamburg-Altona – Bremen – Osnabrück – Münster (Westf) – Dortmund – Bochum – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Köln – Bonn – Koblenz – Wiesbaden – Frankfurt (Main) * line 2 (brown): Hannover – Bielefeld – Hamm – Dortmund – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich * line 3 (green): Hamburg-Altona – Hannover – Göttingen – Fulda – Frankfurt (Main) – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Freiburg (Breisgau) – Basel (– ''Switzerland'') * line 4 (gold): Hamburg-Altona – Hannover – Göttingen – Bebra – Fulda – Würzburg – Augsburg – München * line 4a (grey): Oldenburg or Bremerhaven – Bremen – Hannover * line 5 (blue): Dortmund – Hagen – Wuppertal-Elberfeld (– Solingen-Ohligs) – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt (Main) (– Aschaffenburg) – Würzburg – Nuremberg – Augsburg – Munich The InterCity for 3a is also part of the TransEuropExpress: * line 3a: Amsterdam – Utrecht – Oberhausen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Köln – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – (Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Freiburg (Breisgau) – Basel) or (Mannheim – Heidelberg – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich – Salzburg) or (Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt (Main) – Würzburg – Augsburg – Munich – Innsbruck) Some ICs switched between lines 4 and 5, 2 and 5 (Essen or Wuppertal), or 2 and 3 (Basel or Stuttgart).


Reunification and growth

The network continued to evolve throughout the 1980s, and in the early 1990s it saw major changes. One major driving force for this was
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, which saw the network expand across the former
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, but also the opening of two high-speed lines in 1991: Mannheim to Stuttgart and Hannover to Würzburg. The
first generation ICEs
first generation ICEs
were introduced around this time, and took over most services on the Hannover – Fulda corridor, while the remaining services expanded in all directions. The routes on 2 June 1991 were as follows: * IC line 1 (red): Hamburg-Altona – Bremen – Münster (Westf) – Dortmund – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – Frankfurt (Main) Flughafen – Frankfurt (Main) – Aschaffenburg – Würzburg – Nürnberg – (Ingolstadt – Munich) or (Regensburg – Passau – Linz – Wien) (connecting to Austria) * IC line 1a (magenta): Wiesbaden – Frankfurt (Main) (every two hours) * IC line 2 (brown): (Dortmund – Bochum) or (Münster (Westf) – Recklinghausen – Gelsenkirchen) – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Köln – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich (eight EC train pairs via Salzburg to Budapest, Klagenfurt, Wien or Zagreb) * IC line 2a (magenta): Wiesbaden – Mainz * IC line 3 (green): Berlin – Potsdam – Magdeburg – Helmstedt – Braunschweig – Hildesheim – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Fulda – Frankfurt (Main) – Mannheim – Karlsruhe (every two hours, one EC train pair via Basel to Zürich) * IC line 4 (gold): Hamburg-Altona – Hannover – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Fulda – Würzburg – Augsburg – Munich (every two hours to Nuremberg) * IC line 5 (blue): (every two hours: Berlin – Potsdam – Magdeburg –) Braunschweig – Hannover– Bielefeld – Hamm – Dortmund – Hagen – Wuppertal – Solingen-Ohligs – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Freiburg (Breisgau) – Basel (new EC pairs of trains to Brig, Chur, Geneva, Interlaken, Milan or Sestri Levante) * EC line 5a (lilac): Amsterdam – Utrecht – Emmerich – Oberhausen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne (every two hours, two EC train pairs on line 5 to Chur and Interlaken) * ICE line 6 (orange): Hamburg-Altona – Hannover – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Fulda – Frankfurt (Main) – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich * IC line 6a (grey): Oldenburg or Bremerhaven – Bremen – Hannover Meanwhile, a new type of express train – the
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– was created in the late-1980s, replacing the old
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services, providing semi-fast services to complement Intercity trains. The new changes on 31 May 1992 were as follows: * IC line 1 (red): from Nuremberg to Munich * IC line 3 (green): Hamburg-Altona – Hannover – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Fulda – Frankfurt – Mannheim – Karlsruhe (– Basel – Zürich) * ICE line 4 (yellow): either Bremen or Hamburg-Altona, to Nuremberg * IC line 6a (grey): every two hours Bremen – Hannover * IC line 8 (lime): Berlin – Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld – Leipzig – Naumburg – Jena – Saalfeld – Probstzella – Lichtenfels – Bamberg – Erlangen – Nuremberg – Ingolstadt – Munich (every two hours) From 1996, IC line 8 was connected from Berlin to Hamburg, which together with IC line 7 between the two cities, which ran until 1998, created an hourly service. IC line 5 ran from 1997 via Hanover Magdeburg and Leipzig to Dresden instead of Berlin. as a result, the new ICE line 10 was established from Berlin to Cologne/Bonn. At the same time, the branch to Basel, which was previously served by IC line 5, was abandoned. The line now ended in Nuremberg. From 1998 the trains of ICE line 6 and ICE line 10 ran over the new Berlin–Hanover line.


Modern era

The next major change to Intercity services came about in 2002, with the opening of the
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largely to replace the
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, a major trunk route for Intercity services. While previous high speed lines in Germany had been designed for mixed usage, and could be used by Intercity trains, this line can only be operated by new
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units. This, along with the introduction of another generation of ICEs, the ICE T, saw large numbers of Intercity routes converted to
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. Meanwhile, the
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InterRegio
classification was abolished, and many of its services converted into Intercity routes. As a result, the character of Intercity has changed. Having been on an almost equal footing with the ICE, it is very much secondary. While it still provides a high quality of service, trains now stop more frequently, and are more commonly found on lesser routes. Most current IC trains convey fewer
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coaches, more open seating as opposed to compartments, and a Bistro Cafe (buffet car) instead of a
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or no on-board catering at all, although this is as much a reflection of the changing habits of modern passengers than it is a change in the status of Intercity trains. Lines 30 and 31 –
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Hamburg
to
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Frankfurt
/
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Stuttgart
are the closest in character to a 'classic' Intercity train.


Current services

Below are services as listed in the 2014 timetable. IC 50 has been replaced by ICE line 50, although some relief services operated on Fridays and Sundays and four train pairs a day on the Mid-Germany Railway still operate as IC line 50. Most IC 26 services are now (2019) operated as
ICE line 26
ICE line 26
. Services on line 28 have generally been replaced by
ICE line 28
ICE line 28
but individual IC 28 services run between Berlin and Binz, Berlin and Rostock and Nuremberg and Munich. Some services on lines 30 and 31 are now operated as services on
ICE line 30
ICE line 30
and
ICE line 31
ICE line 31
.


Named services

Originally, all Intercity services had names, usually named after a famous figure from one of the cities along the route. Nowadays, fewer services are named, usually those that serve the extremities of the rail network. Names are usually taken from a geographical location along the route.


Rolling stock


Motive power

The original Intercity services were hauled by the Class 103 electric locomotives, built in the early-1970s and capable of 200 km/h. Lesser routes were operated by Class 110 and
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locos, but these had a lower maximum speed, and with line speeds increasing, their use became untenable. A new Class 120 was introduced in 1987, and these classes were relegated to Regional duties. In the mid-1990s the Class 101 was introduced, and these locomotives now dominate Intercity services, with the 103s having been largely retired in the early-2000s. On non-electrified Intercity routes, such as
Hamburg to Westerland
Hamburg to Westerland
, or Ulm to Lindau, Class 218 diesel locomotives are used, usually double-headed. For cross-border services, multi-voltage electric locos are needed, such as the Class 181 to
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Luxembourg
or the Class 180 into the
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and
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. After
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, former
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locomotives could be found on Intercity services – not only the Class 180s, but the 112 (electric) and
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(diesel) locos. While the 219s have been retired, the 112s are now solely used on
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es due to their top speed of 160 km/h. While most Intercity trains have been loco-hauled, a small number of services have been operated by
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s: early services were operated by the VT 11.5 and Class 403
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units, while
Nuremberg to Dresden
Nuremberg to Dresden
route, was briefly operated by Class 612 DMUs in Intercity livery. This service was later classified as an
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(part of
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) and the units were painted in standard DB red. Through service on that route has since been withdrawn altogether with Mitteldeutsche Regio Bahn serving the electrified route from Dresden to
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and DB Regio serving the route from Hof to Nuremberg.


Gallery


Coaching stock

Early Intercity trains used classic Eurofima stock, shared with
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and
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expresses, but with the growth of the network in the 1980s, and the inclusion of second class, large numbers of new
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coaches were built, which are still in use to this day. In the mid-1990s driving trailers were introduced on Intercity and
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Interregio
services, which had the effect of speeding up journey times: many major German railway stations are termini, so a lot of Intercity services include at least one change of direction. With the demise of Interregio in 2002, a large number of IR coaches were incorporated in Intercity services – particularly second class coaches but also the Bistro Café, which has replaced a full restaurant on most routes.


Formations

Intercity trains are usually 7 to 11 coaches long, depending on the route. There are one or two first class coaches – one
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, and one
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on longer trains. A few routes still use restaurants, but most use a bistro cafe, which also provides half a coach of first-class accommodation. Most of the second class coaches are open, but with some compartments, and some ex-Interregio coaches.
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space is provided by the driving trailer, but these are not used on all routes, so there are some non-driving coaches with space for bicycles.


Livery

Intercity coaches were originally in the blue and beige colour scheme employed on D-Zug services, with first class coaches in the
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dark red and beige. A rebranding of the
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in the mid-1980s saw a new colour scheme for Intercity services, orient red and light grey with a pastel pink stripe in between. When DB adopted traffic red as its corporate colour in the mid-1990s, this replaced orient red, with the pink stripe taken off, before a new livery was introduced in 2000s – based on the
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, the coaches are all white with a red stripe.


Refurbishment

In 2012,
DB
DB
began a programme of refurbishing the interior its Intercity coaches with decor similar to that found in the ICE3. Name of the programme is ''IC mod''. The work is expected to be completed by 2014.


Overview


Future rolling stock

Deutsche Bahn plans to replace most Intercity and Eurocity rolling stock with
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trainsets by 2025. ICE 4 is a
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project to procure up to 300 fourth generation Intercity-Express trains to replace its existing Intercity fleets used on long-distance passenger services in Germany. In addition to the ICE 4, Deutsche Bahn has awarded
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a contract to supply double-decker coaches for Intercity services. These kind of coaches are used in German
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trains, for Intercity services the coaches will get a more comfortable interior than in regional train double-decker coaches. In both classes only open coaches are provided, there will be no dining car. The double-decker coaches have been in service since 2015. Unlike most previous IC stock the new trains, marketed as "InterCity 2" by DB have a top speed of 160 km/h and are mainly intended for routes where higher speeds aren't possible or would offer little or no benefit with the ICE 4 to take over routes with maximum speeds between 160 km/h and 250 km/h. The IC2 is also intended to expand the Intercity network to cities that had lost their long-distance service upon withdrawal of the Interregio.


See also

* EuroCity in Germany *
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*
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*
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InterCity
(in other countries)


Notes


External links


Deutsche Bahn

DB Intercity 1 (IC1)

DB Intercity 2 (IC2)

Fernbahn.de – Information on long-distance train services in Germany

2021 Deutsche Bahn IC/EC Network
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