Dutch ICNG train being tested in Czechia
Dutch rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) launched trials of the InterCity Next Generation (ICNG) train. The five-car vehicle has run the first kilometres on the Velim railway test circuit in Czechia. The ICNG train will enter into regular service in 2021.
After the trials in Czechia, the ICNG train will be deployed to a test location in Vienna. The vehicle performance will be checked for operations in the winter and tropical conditions. The new train will start to serve the regular routes in the Netherlands in 2021.
NS has ordered 79 ICNG trainsets for 800 million Euros. The vehicles will be produced in five-car and eight-car composition. The total capacity of the ordered trains is 25,000 seats. The ICNG trains are manufacturing in the Alstom’s facility in Chorzów, Poland. The vehicles can speed up to 200 kilometres per hour.