Train testing involves putting an entire train – or individual components – through various laboratory and on-track testing under realistic driving conditions to ensure that the rolling stock and railway components are safe in accordance with relevant global standards and regulations. Railway physical tests also include testing under extreme events, like derailment safety tests, rail crash tests or impact tests. Once tests are completed, rolling stock and component manufacturers can learn from the results of the tests and make any necessary improvements.
Conducting physical on-track testing of rolling stock and rail component offers various benefits to rail manufacturers:
TÜV SÜD offers extensive testing services for rolling stock and components. Our own testing facilities for rolling stock and components are located in Görlitz and Halle/Saale, Germany. At our location in Görlitz we are equipped with testing facilities on an area of about 50.000 m². On this facility, a maximum speed of about 60 km/h is possible. This range provides ample speed for lots of different testing scenarios. For various types of rail vehicles - from auxiliary vehicles up to highspeed trains - on-track tests for running dynamics, brake technologies, fatigue strength and pantographs are conducted by our branch in Halle/Saale. For the various tests we use the public railway networks or non-public test infrastructures (test rings).
Beside testing your rail vehicles and components, we are also able to perform development tests of your vehicles and components. Also, we are connecting modern testing methods with simulations for running dynamics and pantograph testing. With a new twisting test rig for derailment safety procedures according to EN 14363 as well as the determination of inclination coefficient and swing pole, we are also devoting ourselves to the future high quality requirements of the railway industry. We are accredited as testing centre in accordance with DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025 and registered as testing centre for dynamic overrun impact tests on tank containers and MEGCs (Multiple Element Gas Container) by Transport Canada.
We support you with a comprehensive range of rail vehicle and component testing services. Thanks to modern decentralised measurement technology, we are able to test the entire range of rail vehicles - from the smallest special vehicle to trams, metros, passenger and freight cars, multiple units, locomotives and even high-speed multiple units more than 200 m long. We offer you a complete program of stationary and track inspections:
We provide optimised stationary tests and on-track tests, which we also combine with simulation calculations:
Fatigue strength is tested according to EN 12663-1, -2, EN 13749, ERRI B12 / RP 17, UIC codes, and technical specifications for interoperability as well as DVS guidelines, Eurocodes, IIW and FKM recommendations. We measure expansion/tension, forces, relative paths, accelerations:
To optimise testing methods we continuously develop measuring technology which leads to more efficient test results and shorter test and evaluation times. The latest measuring technology can provide meaningful test results on site. Pantograph monitoring measurements can be performed at any time during running dynamic test runs. We perform the following tests as per EN 50317 to test the interaction between pantograph and overhead power lines:
For static/dynamic testing of traction and buffer equipment we have test rigs for loads up to 3 MN and an extensive carriage fleet with variable carriage weights. We offer tests for:
We offer dynamic impact tests on tank containers, MEGCs and flexi tanks of various sizes, and testing for methods of securing loads in freight containers, either according to the applicable standard or in line with individual customer specifications. Our test services comprise the measuring and assessment of accelerations (SRS), forces, expansions and deformations of:
We provide an experienced test coordinator who will handle your type tests professionally and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Our test manager helps you with:
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