Siemens Mobility and Wiener Linien have successfully completed the first test run of the new X-Wagen metro train.
The test includes, among other things, the drive and braking system, the safety equipment and the train protection with the driver.In the next few months, numerous tests will be carried out with artificially loaded wagons and the train protection system will also be tested for fully automatic operation.In addition, the X-Wagen must prove itself in acoustics measurements and driving comfort measurements.The evidence and reports provided by the tests serve as the basis for the operating license.
After several thousand test kilometers and a successful operating permit, the train will be put into passenger transport from 2022 on the U1 to U4 lines.
With the completion of the new U5 from Frankhplatz to Karlsplatz in 2026, the X-Wagen metro train will be fully automated for the first time.
“The X-Wagen is a success story for our climate model city and an outstanding example for Vienna as a business location. With the productionat the Siemens plant in Simmering, the X-Wagen proves itself to be a ‘genuine Viennese’, as 60 percent of the added value stays in Vienna, 35 percent in the EU. The X-Wagen secures more than 100 jobs in Vienna in the long term. The new metro train will make the public transport even more attractive and modern and enables fully automatic operation in our city,” Peter Hanke, the Executive City Councillor said.
In July 2020, the first six-car train has been delivered to Wiener Linien. Since then. “The X-Wagen will be in passenger services as an experienced train from Wiener Linien and will have already completed several thousand test kilometers on over 250 test days,” Günter Steinbauer, the Managing Director of Wiener Linien said.
The first car of the second train is expected to be delivered to Wiener Linien at the end of 2021, and another five X-cars will be built in Simmering in 2022. From 2023 to 2030, Siemens Mobility will deliver up to four more trains per year to Wiener Linien. Starting with the second X-Wagen, every train will be in passenger service after around three months of delivery.
The X-Wagen manufactured in Vienna consists of 90 percent recyclable materials and is energy-efficient and friendly environmental from the production stage to operation.
In 2017, Wiener Linien awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to deliver 34 six-car X-Wagen trains with an option for 11 additional vehicles, suitable for automated operation (GOA4) and driver operation.