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First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented

14 Jul 2017 21:18
  • First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented
  • First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented

On 12 July 2017 at the Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre, Siemens presented to the media the first three Desiro HC prototype EMUs destined for RRX services. While 462 002 and 003 were shown in one of the test halls, 001 made a series of demonstration runs round the test circuit. The trains are scheduled to enter service in late 2018.


First RRX EMU On Test

02 Jun 2017 00:36
  • First RRX EMU On Test
  • First RRX EMU On Test

On 29 May 2017 one of the new Rhein-Ruhr-Express EMUs made a test run over the T1 circuit at Wegberg-Wildenrath. The train was formed of end cars 94 80 0462 101-7 D-SDEHC and 94 80 0462 001-9 D-SDEHC and intermediate cars 94 80 0462 201 and 301-3 D-SDEHC.


GYSEV’s First Desiro Mainline

10 Jul 2016 22:41
  • GYSEV’s First Desiro Mainline
  • GYSEV’s First Desiro Mainline

On 6 July 2016 GYSEV's first Desiro Mainline EMU 4744 300 (EVN being A-ROEE 94 81 4744 300-6), was hauled from Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre to Mönchengladbach by Vectron 247 903 (first photo). The train then continued independently towards Austria (second photo, taken at Mönchengladbach Hbf.).


Riyadh Metro Train Visits Wegberg-Wildenrath

25 May 2016 10:53
  • Riyadh Metro Train Visits Wegberg-Wildenrath
  • Riyadh Metro Train Visits Wegberg-Wildenrath

The first two-car driverless metro train destined for the Saudi Arabian capital arrived at the Siemens test circuit on 2 April 2016. Test runs are expected to start once the necessary preparation has been completed. The trains, which are members of the Inspiro family, are being built at Siemens’s Wien works.


First SWT Desiro City Cars On Test

05 Mar 2016 21:18
  • First SWT Desiro City Cars On Test
  • First SWT Desiro City Cars On Test

On 3 March 2016 the first cars for the future five-car Desiro City Class 707 EMUs, of which 30 are on order for South West Trains’ Windsor to London Waterloo services, arrived at the Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre. These photos show the cars hauled by Eurorunner PCW7 (ER20-2007).


A Visit To Krefeld And PCW

24 Apr 2015 06:42
  • A Visit To Krefeld And PCW
  • A Visit To Krefeld And PCW
  • A Visit To Krefeld And PCW
  • A Visit To Krefeld And PCW
  • A Visit To Krefeld And PCW
  • A Visit To Krefeld And PCW
  • A Visit To Krefeld And PCW
  • A Visit To Krefeld And PCW

On 20 and 21 April 2015 Siemens organised a press conference prior to the UITP World Congress to be held between 8 and 10 June in Milano. The main themes of the conference were digitalisation, automation and electrification, which are at the heart of Siemens’s business strategy. A new electric bus project was also mentioned, this involving development of a high-power charger concept for use during operation and at depots. Siemens also presented the company's predictive and prescriptive maintenance strategy, which in various instances ensures over 99 % train fleet availability.

Part of the programme was a visit to the Krefeld factory. Here guests were invited to see the Desiro City EMUs being built for Thameslink. On the second day a tour to the PCW (Prüf- und Validationcenter Wegberg-Wildenrath) was provided. Here a Thamselink train was provided for a trip round the test circuit. Participants were also given an opportunity to ride one of the Avenio trams which has been built for the no-catenary network in Doha, Qatar. They are fitted with Sitras HES hybrid energy storage system, which combines powerful double-layer capacitors and traction batteries.

The first photo shows Thameslink's 700 107 at the Krefeld works, the second and third photos show construction of Class 700 bodyshell sidewalls and a completed bodyshell. The fourth photo was taken on the 21st at the PCW, with 700 101 on the large test circuit. The test programme on the PCW for the Thameslink Desiro City family started in March 2014 and is to be completed in July 2015. Delivery of the first Desiro City to Great Britain is scheduled for August and it is to be handed over in December 2015, with the final, 115th train scheduled for handing over in June 2018.

Subsequent photos show a Doha Avenio which was used as a static exhibit, including two interior views. The final photo shows another Doha Avenio on the small test circuit. Clearly visible is that the tram operates without contact to overhead wire. The pantographs are only raised in the tram stops to enable Sitras HES charging. 19 Avenios are on order, the first scheduled to arrive in Doha in June 2015.


Second ICx Arrives At Wegberg-Wildenrath

01 Mar 2015 15:40
  • Second ICx Arrives At Wegberg-Wildenrath
  • Second ICx Arrives At Wegberg-Wildenrath
  • Second ICx Arrives At Wegberg-Wildenrath

On 28 February 2015 part of ICx 9002 was moved to the Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre, following in the footsteps of 9001, which arrived there in late 2014. Here it is nearing the end of its journey, at Mönchengladbach-Rheindahlen station and on the access line to the test facility.


First Complete Desiro City

15 Jun 2014 13:37
  • First Complete Desiro City

The first complete Class 700 750 V/25 kV Desiro City EMU has recently started tests at the Wegberg-Wildenrath circuit. This is a 12-car train, and it is shown here on the T1 circuit on 3 June 2014.


First Den Haag Avenio

21 Apr 2014 23:43
  • First Den Haag Avenio

On 26 March 2014 the first Den Haag Avenio tram left the Siemens works in Wien, en route for the Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre. Here it is to be subjected to a series of dynamic tests - the photo was taken there on 14 April 2014.


OMNEO At Wegberg-Wildenrath

17 May 2013 09:44
  • OMNEO At Wegberg-Wildenrath
  • OMNEO At Wegberg-Wildenrath

On 15 May 2013 an OMNEO EMU, with end cars 94 87 5500 507-1 and 94 87 5507 508-2 F-SNCF, arrived at the Wegberg-Wildenrath test circuit. The composition travelled there via Saarbrücken and was hauled by BSBS's 227 005 Nohab diesel (formerly DSB's MY 1142). These photos were taken at the Rheydt station.