Wegberg-Wildenrath Test- and Validationcenter

A series of measuring and acceptance runs are necessary during the development and certification of a new locomotive. Many of these tests require precisely defined conditions, such as special track and environmental conditions which also need to be reproducible. In addition, confirmation of the results by an independent body is required for many measurements. Naturally, it is not possible to fulfill these requirements on lines operating regular services. Instead, test centers perform this function.

Facts, requirements and certifications

Siemens is the only manufacturer with its own test and validation center for railway-typical tests. Comprehensive tests, uninterrupted continuous testing, simulated cross-border traffic – all of this and much more takes place in Wegberg-Wildenrath.


Track infrastructure

Vehicle deployment under realistic conditions can be easily simulated on a 28-km long track. The standard and meter-gauge tracks of a large number of vehicles are available, with a railway power supply for all the systems commonly employed worldwide. A refueling facility also allows diesel-powered vehicles to be tested.


Test infrastructure

In addition to the 28 km long track infrastructure, a variety of different special equipment is available for all kinds of static tests.


railGATE – an investment in the future

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Satellite navigation that can also be utilized in railway vehicles: The Galileo system currently under development is a dedicated European system. Even before Galileo is up and running, an infrastructure is being put in place on the site of the Test and Validation Center to allow testing of rail-linked navigation under real-life conditions.