CRRC tests double-decker train for Westbahn in the Czech Republic

A CRRC unit for Westbahn. Credit: Railway Research InstituteA CRRC unit for Westbahn. Credit: Railway Research Institute

Electromagnetic compatibility will be tested in the Czech Republic.

Another Chinese unit from CRRC, the world’s largest manufacturer of rolling stock, arrived today for testing at the Railway Research Institute (VUZ) test ring in Cerhenice. The double-decker units will be leased by the Austrian carrier Westbahn.

The DDEMU2 unit has been in Europe since last year. So far it has been tested on the Wildenrath test ring in Germany. The six-car unit has a capacity of 571 passengers and a top speed of 200 km/h and is designed according to TSI standards. Some of the tests required for approval, particularly those relating to electromagnetic compatibility, will be carried out in the Czech Republic.

CRRC says it has used more composite materials in the construction, claiming that the unit is only 10% heavier than a single-decker. The train is equipped with first and second class seating, and will include space for wheelchair and bicycle transport. Westbahn plans to lease the trains when they are approved for operation in Austria and five other countries that have yet to be specified.

Negotiations between the Chinese manufacturer and the Austrian carrier began in 2019 when Westbahn first announced the purchase of new units from CRRC. However, the carrier eventually changed its mind and ordered fifteen six-car Stadler Kiss 3 units. Westbahn then decided to lease four more units from the Chinese manufacturer.

CRRC is already testing its own locomotive in Europe, with the Sirius unit being tested on the Cerhenice test ring for over two years. This unit was originally meant to be bought by Leo Express, but the contract was canceled.


Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.

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