This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine Issue 5 2021.
We can test using all of Europe’s main power systems, run at up to 230km/h, and we certify, evaluate conformity, authorise, and can provide all the necessary facilities.
The Railway Research Institute (VUZ) in the Czech Republic is a unique accredited testing facility for rolling stock, components, and makers of infrastructure from Europe and Asia.
VUZ tests locomotives, performs dynamic component tests, ETCS tests, evaluates NoBo/DeBo interoperability, AsBo security, and provides accredited certification of products.
VUZ’s large (13.276km) and small tracks (3.951km) can be found near Prague and are equipped with tracks and facilities for static tests as well. The large track can test at speeds of up to 200km/h (or 230km/h in the case of tilting trains) and is equipped with all levels of ETCS combinations. The small track serves to test slower speeds and sharper turns. There is also the opportunity to combine five different European power systems (0.75kV, 1.5kV, and 3kV in DC, 25kV 50HZ and 15kV 16 2/3HZ for AC). That means up to five separate teams can independently perform tests on five cars at once.
Each year, VUZ invests 2.5 million euros to improve infrastructure for our customers. For example, we completed the expansion of our siding track this year, with increased capacity for trains between planned tests. We plan a cumulative investment of 20 million euros over the next five years where we are preparing to outfit the smaller track with all levels of ETCS as well as adjustments to test autonomous vehicles including urban and suburban trains. We are also preparing environmentally friendly energy production. Today, VUZ already guarantees that all electricity used by customers is made exclusively from renewable resources as VUZ emphasises constantly reducing its carbon footprint.
Railway-News magazine Issue 4 Rolling Stock edition, November 2022: Výzkumný Ústav Železniční – VUZ on the Way to the Future.
The Czech-based Railway Research Institute, VUZ, is set to invest €20 million on their railway test track in a bid to reduce emissions.
The CEO of Výzkumný Ústav Železniční a.s CZE, Martin Bělčík explains why their test circuit is of high interest and booked for several years.
Use the form opposite to get in touch with Výzkumný Ústav Železniční (VUZ) directly to discuss any requirements you might have.