The festive presentation of the Intercity New Generation train (ICNG) to the public would have been last weekend, but was canceled due to the recently tightened corona measures of the cabinet. The presentation of this beautiful new speed train that would actually take place at Rotterdam Central has been postponed to a later moment. The new date has not yet been announced. The ICNG can reach speeds of 200 kilometers per hour. Test driver Hans Lieman (member of the NS Trein Test Centrum) has already driven 3000 to 4000 kilometers with this new train. He has driven on the test track of the Czech Republic and also through the Dutch polder. The NS is working with manufacturer Alstom on an extensive test and admission program.
The ICNG's admission tests have been completed by manufacturer Alstom. This manufacturer is active in the field of rail transport. About half of the turnover is generated by the sale of rolling stock, including the TGV high-speed train. In addition, it provides various train services such as maintenance, modernization and technical assistance for the equipment, control, information and signaling systems and finally equipment for the construction of railways, including power supply and station facilities. The NS recently requested permission from the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate to conduct training and test drives, initially without passengers and later with passengers. The fast train will initially run on the high-speed line between Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Breda, later other routes will follow. It is not yet clear when the ICNG trains will enter the timetable, the hope is 2022.
Photo above and below: NS image bank.