After 2 weeks of intensive activities in the test center of DB Systemtechnik, the train started on 17.06.2011 01:51 from Minden for the first Italian Loop with a mixture of operations on the Moncenisio (Modane) transalpine line and a shuttle down to Bari to operate the brakes under extreme hot weather conditions. On its way to Italy, the train ran down the Rhine valley, passed through Switzerland via St. Gotthard (many thanks to SBB Cargo for the good performance) and reached the border to Italy in Chiasso at 17.06.2011 22:30. From here the train ran down to Milano on Saturday, from where it will shuttle to the Moncenisio (Modane) transalpine line (already done once on Sunday!) and down to Bari.
The return again via Switzerland and Rhine valley is planned for mid of July.