The fourteenth run of EuropeTrain started on 28 May 2012 for the fourth and last run of the French Loop, with a passage through the Netherlands and Belgium and a short trip to Luxembourg.
The “Europe Train” test train, which has been travelling across Europe since December 2010 to test low-noise brakes – equipped with composite “LL” brake blocks” – before it goes into series production to retrofit the existing European freight wagon fleet, is currently on its fourteenth run through France and Luxembourg. The previous run took place in Germany’s Rhine Valley earlier this month.
“Europe Train” is a project managed by UIC on behalf of the international railway community. To date, 29 railway companies, four industry suppliers and the sector organisations UIC, CER and EIM have signed the resolution for the preparation of “Europe Train”. This UIC project is managed by Mr Johannes Gräber from Deutsche Bahn.
Following the journey from Minden to Bad Bentheim, the train will pass through Utrecht in the Netherlands and will enter Belgium later today. After that, the train will cross the French border at Quévy tonight on its way to Le Bourget. During the French Loop the train is scheduled to travel several times from its temporary home base in Paris Le Bourget to Lyon (9x), to Metz (1x) and to Marseille (1x). The return, this time via Thionville to Luxembourg for a local press event on 12 June 2012, will again take the train via Belgium and the Netherlands to Minden. The return is planned for mid-June.
For more information please visit the EuropeTrain website: http://EuropeTrain.uic.org