Rail Test Loop

RAIL TEST LOOP

DESCRIPTION

First of a kind 15m radius loop developed to support testing of the prototype Coventry Very Light Rail (CVLR) vehicle. Split into two sections; standard tram profile laid on concrete base and pilot CVLR novel trackform.

DIMENSIONS

200m (L) x 1.4m (W)

USES

  • Vehicle performance testing
  • Track, infrastructure & lineside monitoring, maintenance & repair
  • Track, infrastructure & lineside equipment & systems testing
  • Environmental monitoring & control
  • Training location
  • Filming location

FEATURES

  • 15m radius loop
  • Max. 10 km/h speed limit (dependent on vehicle capabilities)
  • Standard gauge single track
  • Section 1 – standard tram profile laid on concrete base
  • Section 2 – CVLR novel trackform:
  • Total profile depth of 300mm
  • Constructed from ultra-high strength concrete & standard tram profile
  • Embedded sensors
  • Can be completed in numerous materials, e.g., tarmac, concrete

Key areas of the test site

Engineering Hall

Siding

Rail Test Loop

Alumicart & Trailer

Rail Test Track

Mule (Car 10)

Workshop

Tunnel

Rapid Charger

Shunter

Split Level Platform

Mobility Hub

Lifting Jacks

BCIMO is a not-for-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and operator of the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), a unique, world-class centre for rail innovation based in Dudley in the West Midlands.

BCIMO Project Funders

BCIMO
Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre
Zoological Drive
Dudley
DY1 4AW
For Sat Navs use: DY1 4AL

T // 07769 586893. E // info@bcimo.co.uk