Testing begins for Merseyrail new EMU fleet

Class 777 testing at Wildenrath, Germany

Stadler Rail awarded Serco’s Derby based Rail Technical Services (SRTS) a contract to undertake a programme of testing services for the new fleet of trains for the Merseyrail network.

SRTS is carrying out type testing activities at the Wildenrath test track in Germany and at the new Liverpool Kirkdale depot operated by Stadler Rail Service UK. SRTS engineers have delivered and fitted instrumentation to the first unit and is performing a range of tests including dynamic ride performance, electromagnetic compatibility, braking, wheel slide protection and noise. This involves working as an integrated team with Stadler to a tight schedule, including collection and analysis of test conditions and results to support system verification and validation.

SRTS is also providing independent assurance services to Merseyrail, ensuring potential risks to new fleet introduction have been identified, particularly relating to system interfaces such as vehicle/track, and vehicle/power.

Stadler and Merseytravel signed a GBP 460 million (EUR 545 million) contract for the delivery of 52 EMUs (Class 777), with an option for 60 additional vehicles. The new four-car trains will all be in service by 2021.
Once testing is complete later this year, the fleet will be rolled out gradually within 12 months.

SRTS is also supporting testing activities for Stadler with other UK new fleet projects such as Greater Anglia Flirt BMU and the Glasgow Metro EMU.

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