Testing for
certification

Annual Report
2020 - 2021

THE NEW ALSTOM TRAINS →→→ The Dutch Railways are introducing a new generation of intercity trains, making sustainable rail travel even more attractive. With its tests, DEKRA is ensuring that the new Alstom trains, which can travel at up to 200 kilometers per hour, are tested to all applicable standards and regulations.

NORTH-WEST EUROPE

INTERCITY

COMMON SAFETY METHOD

On behalf of the Dutch Railways, Alstom is designing and building a new intercity train. It will replace rail vehicles that have reached the end of their lifespan, both throughout the Netherlands and crossing the border with Belgium. However, before that happens, the Intercity Next Generation (ICNG) will be extensively assessed by experts from DEKRA Rail.

“With our testing and certification services, we are helping our customers to comply with the requirements for new rolling stock,” says Managing Director Jean-Paul van Hengstum. “We assess whether the ICNG meets all required regulations. If the ICNG meets all Dutch Notified National Technical Rules, Alstom will use our assessment report and certificate of compliance in their application for authorization.” The tests are being performed on a test track in the Czech Republic as well as on the tracks of the Dutch rail network. It is expected that the first trains will be put into service at the end of this year (2021).

As the Designated Body (DeBo), DEKRA is assessing the ICNG against the ‘Regeling Indienststelling Spoorvoertuigen’ (RIS), the Dutch Notified National Technical Rules for assessing new vehicles regarding interoperability. In addition, in its role as the Assessment Body (AsBo), DEKRA is also assessing the safety management system against the Common Safety Method (CSM REA).

The test results from the test organization, in which DEKRA also plays an important role, will be used by Alstom as evidence of compliance with the assessment framework set by the NoBos and DeBos. The aspects assessed and tested include the compatibility of the train with the European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS) as well as Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).

In addition to the five-car set, the eight-car set will also be assessed. Train sets which can also run on the Belgian track will then follow. “We are proud that, as part of this dynamic project, we can use our highly specialized knowledge and skills to support Alstom and be part of making travel by train convenient and safe,” says Jean-Paul van Hengstum.

With our testing and certification services, we are helping our customers to comply with the requirements for new rolling stock.

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»With our testing and certification services, we are helping our customers to comply with the requirements for new rolling stock.«
Jean-Paul van Hengstum
[Managing Director DEKRA Rail, the Netherlands.]

DEKRA Rail

As DEKRA’s division for testing, inspection, and certification of rolling stock, rail infrastructure, rail products, and trackside workplace safety equipment, DEKRA Rail helps infrastructure managers, train operators, and industry to operate and manage their assets and products in an effective and efficient way.

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Admittance testing

Before a new or modified train can be admitted to a national rail network, it must be tested in accordance with regulations. Does the entire train, every subsystem, and every component meet the requirements for design and production, as well as the European and national safety requirements? That is what the assessment and testing services offered by DEKRA are all about.

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