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Crossrail trains undergo intense weather testing in Austria

Crossrail trains are having their readiness to cope with extreme heat and cold tested at a special facility in Vienna.

Bombardier Transportation, which is building the new trains in Derby, delivered the front carriage of a test train to the Rail Tec Arsenal test centre on 30 December for three weeks of testing.

The train’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, windscreen wipers, demister, train horns and traction motor will be subject to simulations of temperatures ranging from -25°C to +40°C. Rail Tec Arsenal is the only facility in Europe capable of this level of testing.

Howard Smith, operations director for the Elizabeth Line, as Crossrail is also known, said: “Although we've not had snow in London yet this year, we've put the train through a white Christmas.

“It’s important that we check that the new trains can operate in anything that the changing British weather can throw at them and it won't be long before our customers will be able to get on board a train, with the first of them going into service in May 2017.”

Dean Taplin, senior vehicle engineer at Bombardier, said testing all aspects of the train, including its reaction to thick snow and ice, was “key” to the passenger experience.

The extreme weather over Christmas caused disruption to rail services, with trains cancelled and delayed in Scotland and the North of England because of Storm Barbara.

Other Crossrail trains moved from Derby to London for more testing last month.

(Image c. Transport for London)

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Andrew Gwilt   03/01/2017 at 12:16

Not forgetting the London Overground Class 710's is also planned to be built and to be tested before its to be delivered and to operate on the Lea Valley (Liverpool St-Enfield Town, Cheshunt & Chingford to replace the Class 315's and Class 317's), Romford-Upminster (also to replace the Class 315 and Class 317), newly electrified Gospel Oak-Barking (which will replace the Class 172's) and Euston-Watford DC lines which the LO Class 710's are 4-car trains whilst the Crossrail "Elizabeth Line" Class 345's are 9-car trains with a possible 10th carriage added if possible and will soon be operated on the TfL Rail's Liverpool St-Shenfield route to replace the Class 315's before the whole route to Reading & Heathrow and Abbey Wood opens in 2019 that will see 24tph to be operated.

Eats Shoots And Leaves   03/01/2017 at 12:42

AG, I think that you have a sticky apostrophe key.

Steve B Collins   03/01/2017 at 15:34

...and the full stop is rationed to one per posting. PS. I've never read the Lynne Truss's book so I don't know what the things are that do the eating. I chose panda and gunslinger. Am I correct?

Andrew Gwilt   04/01/2017 at 15:47


Rich   17/03/2017 at 21:35

I don't suppose every seat on the train will have the convenience of viewing the front of the train on a camera as it speeds through the tunnels ? It would be nice to have this advanced extra fitted together with a interactive map showing the exact position of the train Oh well wishful thinking

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