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Crossrail trains start London tests

Crossrail trains testing

The new Elizabeth Line trains are to start night testing in east London next week following climatic tests in Vienna.

Bombardier’s Derby-built trains have recently undergone extreme weather condition testing at the Rail Tec Arsenal test centre in Vienna. This covered conditions ranging from -25°C up to 40°C, as well as examining the trains in conditions such as wind, fog and snow.

“Subjecting the new trains to a range of climatic conditions, including thick snow and ice, is another crucial step towards making sure that the trains perform as intended whatever the weather. With these new trains entering passenger service from next year, it’s key that all elements of the train are fully tested so that passengers have a comfortable experience,” said Bombardier senior vehicle engineer Dean Taplin.

Crossrail trains testing

Crossrail trains testing

Source: Transport for London

The first trains will be seven-carriages long and operate between Liverpool Street and Shenfield from May 2017.

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