Deutsche Bahn

Turkish Railways adopts predictive inspection of track and overhead lines

(Minden, 11. March 2020) Back in August 2014, DB Systemtechnik engineers tested the interaction between pantograph and overhead line on the Turkish Velaro for the manufacturer Siemens. A new project continued the collaboration with Siemens in September 2019.

Siemens Turkey is converting a multiple unit from the Velaro T fleet of Turkish State Railways TCDD Tasimacilik A.S into a "measurement train for scheduled operations ". The high-speed train is equipped with state-of-the-art testing technology.

The testing technology for monitoring the overhead line, the rail condition and the ride comfort in the new TCDD measurement train comes from testing and engineering service provider DB Systemtechnik, which already provides rail monitoring in Germany using ICE regular trains.  The continuous track monitoring (CTM) technology is also being installed in trains operated by Swiss railway undertakings.

Work began on installing the measuring equipment in Turkey in December 2019. The measurement train is due to make its first inspection runs as early as mid-2020.  From then on, the asset officers and the long-distance service operator of the Turkish State Railways will receive crucial diagnosis data at regular and timely intervals, enabling them to plan infrastructure maintenance predictively.