Intercity 1 – destined for the scrap heap? Quite the contrary!
The predecessors of the Intercity 2 have not yet reached the end of line: DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung is making them fit for further service.
On some routes train travellers are already benefitting from the comforts of the double-decker Intercity 2 trains. This does not mean, however, that their single-deck predecessor model, now known as Intercity 1, belongs on the scrap heap. DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung is making these trains fit for further service. Most of the conversion work is being done at the Neumünster maintenance depot. The Wittenberge maintenance depot is helping by carrying out the upholstery work. By the end of 2019, 208 coaches will have new seat fabric, new pillows and, in first class, new curtains. In 832 coaches, the bathrooms will be decked out with new colours, designs and components. Furthermore, all of the coaches in the Intercity 1 fleet, some 1,300 in total, will be given new signage inside and outside by the end of 2018, helping passengers to find their way more quickly. This is intended to have a positive impact on dwell times and, consequently, on punctuality. Around 220 coaches will be completed by the end of 2019, and the renovation of the remaining coaches will continue until 2021.
DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung is not performing all the work on one wagon at the same time, but is spacing the jobs. The reason for this is that upgrading the bathrooms takes significantly more time than reupholstering the seats. So for a certain period, the seats will look pristine while the bathrooms spend a bit longer in their old condition. All in all, these immediate measures will considerably improve the appearance of the Intercity 1 coaches and the journey quality. The coaches are by no means destined for the scrap heap.