The German Federal Railway Authority has approved two Siemens-built high-speed trains for operation on Deutsche Bahn‘s rail network as part of an existing $684 million deal.
The Velaro D type trains were deployed in November for testing and are included in DB’s plans to improve cross-border operations with Belgium and France, Siemens said Monday.
“With the approval to operate these trains in Germany now granted, we’ve reached an important milestone in this project,” said Jochen Eickholt, rail systems division CEO at Siemens.
The company has deployed eight out of the 16 trains DB has ordered since 2008, with four more to be delivered by spring 2014.
The German railway company plans to use the remaining eight trains to test, gain authorization and implement runs across France and Belgium.
“We’re cooperating with Deutsche Bahn, the French operator SNCF, the German Federal Railway Authority and the corresponding French and Belgian authorities to obtain approval, which has not yet been granted, for the trains’ cross-border deployment,” Eickholt said.
The Velaro D trains are designed to accommodate about 460 passengers in eight individual cars, with an 8,000-kilowatt output and speeds reaching 320 kilometers per hour.