21 September 2012: Sixteenth and last run of EuropeTrain is completed successfully after approximately 10.000 km in Austria and Hungary

The sixteenth and last run of EuropeTrain is completed successfully after approximately 10.000 km in Austria and Hungary. With that, the operation of EuropeTrain is completed successfully with an overall mileage of more than 200.000 km

After the train has left the test centre of DB Systemtechnik in Minden on Saturday, 01.09.2012 10 o’clock it ran down to Salzburg via Hanover, Würzburg and Munich. The train was handed over to Rail Cargo Austria the same evening and arrived in Salzburg around 10 p.m.. Due to damages on some wagons (not linked to LL blocks) that needed urgent repair, the train could only start on Monday evening for a first cycle via Linz and St. Pölten to Vienna, via the Semmering slope to Klagenfurth and Villach and via the Tauern slope back to Salzburg. Thanks to the great effort of the Austrian colleagues the wagons could be repaired very quickly and could be re-integrated into the train the next day for another 2 cycles in Austria. On 07.09.12 the train was transferred to Hungary via Hegyeshalom for a 5.000 km trip in Hungary, handled by MAV. Under the permanent supervision of Dr. Czippán, the train shuttled very steadily between Györ, Budapest and Szeged. On 12.09.12 10 p.m. the train was handed back to RCA in Hegyeshalom after successful 5.000 km of operation on the Hungarian network. Thanks to a very flexible planning of RCA and ÖBB, the train managed another cycle in Austria before it was prepared for the hand-over to DB Schenker Rail in Passau in the evening of 14.09.12. Yesterday afternoon (20.09.12) the train started for its direct travel back to Minden, where it arrived at the test centre before mid night.

With this successful finish of the operation of EuropeTrain a very important step towards the final Homologation of LL blocks is done. Directly after the return, the last measurements of wheels and brake blocks will start as usual today. Based on the results of all 16 runs the EuropeTrain’s international expert team will work out a report and will make decision proposals regarding the conditions for the final Homologation of LL blocks. This work is planned to be finalised by end of the year.

I would like to use the successful finish of the last run of EuropeTrain to thank all, that have been supporting the operation of the train, namely (in the order of the EuropeTrain runs)

for Denmark Mr. Alex Skovly Nielsen and Mr. Claus Jensen
for Sweden Mr. Sven Eriksson
for Netherlands Mr. Frank Sesterheim
for Belgium Mr. Goethals Lieven
for France Mr. Michel Rocher
for Poland Mr. Adam Osiak
for Switzerland Mr. Hans Hauri
for Italy Mr. Pierluigi Corsetti, Mr. Domenico Zigrino, Mr. Frederico Stafforte and Mr. Fabrizio Nannetti
for Austria Mr. Alfred Öttinger and Mr. Alfred Pitnik
for Slovakia Mr. Peter Červenka and Mr. Friedrich Zdeněk
for Luxembourg Mr. Marcel Theis
for Hungary Mr. László Czippán

and last but definitely not least Mr. Martin Knörr from DB Schenker Rail, who did an absolutely great job in coordinating all the 16 runs and without whom the EuropeTrain operation never could have happened.

Thank you very much to you and all your colleagues behind you!