At the end of October 1998 the third ICE generation, the ICE 3, was presented to the public for the first time at the Eurailspeed in Berlin. This new ICE was presented with a whole series of technological refinements, and it is contributing to the further shortening of travel times. The ICE 3 adds a train with a very striking appearance to the variety of locomotives and cars on the German Railroad, Inc. system. The most striking technical change is of course the propulsion concept. Whereas the propulsion for the ICE 1 and ICE 2 was located in one or two of the end cars, in the new generation ICE 3 the entire propulsion system is now distributed under the car bodies.The ICE 3 is generally operated as an eight-car train and can be operated in tandem with another train. Some of the ICE 3 trains are equipped for the German Railroad, Inc.'s power system and are designated as the class 403. Another group is equipped as four-system trains for cross border traffic in Europe. These latter powered rail car trains are designated as the class 406 and are intended chiefly for international routings. The interiors of the cars are also striking with their functional, appealing ambiance. Particularly attractive is the passenger area directly behind the engineer that allows a direct view into the cockpit and down the tracks. In 1999 these trains were placed into service and in the year 2000 the first trains were used for the Expo in Hannover. The special features of the end cars in the Märklin Z model can be reproduced quite true to the prototype in large part by locating the motor in the dining car. The model of the ICE 3 is designed for a minimum radius of 195 mm / 7-11/16".