6 February 2012 : The eleventh run the "Transalpine Loop" successfully completed after 2,5 weeks and ca. 14 000 km of successful operation

On Monday night, 6 February 2012, EuropeTrain returned to Minden after 2,5 weeks and ca. 14.000 km of successful operation in Switzerland and Germany without any trouble or incidents.

After the train has left the test centre of DB Systemtechnik in Minden for Basel via the Rhine Valley in the evening of the 20 January, it was transferred further to Rotkreuz (50 km north of Erstfeld) and further down to Chiasso on Sunday morning.

During the Transalpine Loop in Switzerland, the EuropeTrain shuttled seven times (one cycle a day) from Rotkreuz to Chiasso, back to Erstfeld and finally to Chiasso and back to Rotkreuz - always crossing the slopes of St. Gotthard. Again SBB Cargo organised some special braking tests on steep gradients. On Sunday evening 29 January 2012 the train returned to Minden for some mileage on a winter flat Loop in Germany. From Minden the EuropeTrain shuttled 7 times to Rostock and back. The final return to Minden was then on Monday.

Directly after the return, the measurements of wheels and brake blocks will start on Monday as usual. Before the next run, the EuropeTrain’s International Analysis Team (IAT) will again discuss the results, define further activities and especially decide on the wagons that will participate in the next run. In parallel the second edition of the interim report is under final discussion among the experts of the project team and will be issued by March 2012.

The train operation will start again on 2 March 2012 for the twelfth run with a second run to the Scandinavian winter. The return is planned for end of March 2012.