Wheel defects found in DB ICE4 fleet

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Wheel defects found in DB ICE4 fleet

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Up to 1600 wheels will be inspected by the summer.

GERMAN Rail (DB) has discovered abnormalities in some wheelsets in use in its new ICE4 fleet. The problem was identified during routine ultrasonic testing of wheelsets as part of the trains’ maintenance regime.

All the defects found are reportedly in new trains delivered in or since 2020 and are therefore being rectified under warranty by Siemens, working together with its lead subcontractor Bombardier (now Alstom). [...]

Ultrasonic inspection of all the wheelsets potentially affected, which could be 1600 wheels on 800 axles according to German media reports, will be undertaken within the next few weeks and be completed by the summer.

DB Long Distance has 50 12-car class 412.0 ICE4 trains in service, the most recent of which was delivered in 2020. [...]
Source and full text: Fender, Keith in: International Railway Journal, Apr 7, 2021. Online: https://www.railjournal.com/fleet/wheel ... ce4-fleet/ Accessed: 2021-04.08
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