PROSE performs an extensive test campaign on behalf of Bombardier
In an extensive test campaign, our engineers test the new long-distance double-deck train unit of the type Twindexx, which has been manufactured by Bombardier. The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) have ordered 62 trains of this type, which are going to be the backbone of the Swiss long-distance transport.
At present, between 8 and 15 engineers from our accredited test laboratories in Winterthur und Berlin test three high-speed double-deck train units together with our long-standing customer Bombardier, i.e. the IC200, the IC100 and the IR100.
The requirements for these new double-deck train units are extremely high: The speed has to be increased on the Bern – Lausanne line to gain a few decisive minutes so that the integral timetable can be extended in Switzerland. Due to the Swiss topography with its many curves the trains are equipped with a system that compensates the swaying so that they can be operated at a higher speed in the curves at the same degree of comfort.
The higher speed is the main aspect of the testing of the rail vehicles, which consists of numerous test runs. Moreover, current collector tests are made, the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is tested and further electrical measurements and torsion vibration measurements are performed as they have to be demonstrated to gain access to the Swiss rail network.
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PROSE examines whether a light rail system can at all be operated autonomously in the open in Europe
The “Waldenburgerbahn” has been operated between Liestal and Waldenburg in the canton of Basel since 1880. This traditional light rail system is now turning into a pioneer project that might make Switzerland a pioneer in the rail transport sector as it might be the first automatically controlled light rail system that is operated in the open in Europe.