Class 385 being tested in Germany
Testing of Hitachi Rail Europe Class 385s has moved to Germany, ahead of the trains entering service in December.
Two electric multiple units have moved from the Velim test track in the Czech Republic to Minden (near Hanover), where they will be tested on a range of different routes at speeds up to 100mph. They will be based there until October. The EMUs involved are three-car 385002 and four-car 385101.
HRE says the testing is being carried out in Germany to speed up the process, owing to the busy nature of the UK rail network. The work in Germany is in addition to that being conducted by 385001 and 385102 in Scotland.
In Germany, the ‘385s’ are being hauled by DB as part of their testing, rather than their own power, because of the safety and compliance requirements for running on the German network.
These tests, using the on-board instrumentation, will allow Hitachi to capture the running characteristics of the individual carriages on the train. This data is then used to form a report confirming compliance with the stability of the train.