On 14.05.11 the train started from Minden for the first Transapline Loop to Switzerland, after 2 weeks of intensive activities in the test center of DB Systemtechnik. Again, during these days, measurements of wheels and brake blocks have been performed, results have been analysed and evaluated by EuropeTrain’s International Analysis Team (IAT). In addition, loading has been changed and the data logger systems for the continuous measurements have been installed on 9 waggons according to the advice of the experts.
On its way to Switzerland, the train ran down the Rhine valley and passed the border in Basel today at ten o’clock. From here the train will shuttle to Brig or to Chiasso and back, passing the interesting slopes of Lötschberg and St. Gotthard. The return again via the Rhine valley is planned for end of May.