On 7 April at 08:25 the train departed from Minden for the Eastern Loop to Poland, after 3 weeks of intensive activities in the test center of DB Systemtechnik. Again, during these weeks, measurements of wheels and brake blocks have been performed, results have been analysed and evaluated by EuropeTrain’s International Analysis Team (IAT), loading has been changed according to the advice of the experts and additional equipments for the continuous measurements have been installed on now in sum 9 wagons. In parallel, special tests with four wagons on special tracks near Minden have been performed according to UIC 518 (running behaviour).
On its way to Poland, the train made a short stop in Berlin for a press event on 8 April. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, Prof. Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, State Secretary for the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) in Germany and Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Head of Transport and Logistics at DB Mobility Logistics AG presented the EuropeTrain to the media in Berlin Grunewald.
On Saturday tv-shots of the train have been made near Sedin before it started its trip to Poland at seven o’clock on Sunday. After passing the border in Frankfurt (Oder) at 9:30 the train reached Poznan at 17:30. From here the train will shuttle several times to Radom via Warszawa and back. The return, again via Frankfurt (Oder) and Berlin, is planned for the end of April.