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Canada's High-Speed Train Options #1 Siemens ICE Trains

The first in a series of videos of high-speed train manufacturers that could be an option for Canada has been released. It will be interesting to see what high-speed trainsets are purchased for Canada's new High-Frequency Rail (HFR) project.  The videos are available on the High Speed Rail Canada Youtube Channel . With the increased emphasis now on having speed, as well as high-frequency and reliability, there are a number of high-speed train companies with products suitable for Canada. Siemens ICE 4 Trains The ICE 4, a high-speed train built by Siemens and used by Deutsche Bahn, has a unique and adaptable design that would work in Canada. Each car functions independently, allowing for the assembly of trains with five to fourteen cars to meet the needs of different routes. The ICE 4 is the main train used in Deutsche Bahn's long-distance rail network, replacing older trains and providing better service. The ICE 4 has a modular drive concept, developed with Bombardier, that can
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