Class 385 be­ing tested in Ger­many

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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.

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