Following reciept of formal accreditation from Ricardo Certification, NS introduced the new Sprinter Next Generation (SNG) trainsets for testing on the Dutch national network in October 2017.
The trainsets were manufactured by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarilles (CAF) and are based on CAF’s Civity platform for regional services.
We were appointed as the independent and accredited party to assess compliance of the new vehicle against technical regulations in order to commence the testing phase on the Dutch network. This required expertise on a wide range of technical areas, such as the electrical sub-systems, braking, environmental conditions and train safety systems.
Our experts are now supporting CAF with the management of the test campaign, with Ricardo's teams monitoring key measurements and metrics of the vehicle's progress.
The project remains on schedule to enter the three-car and four-car sets for passenger service from the end of 2018.