Full Scale Rail Testing

Train and truck crash simulation.

MIRA has long stood at the forefront of train crashworthiness by offering a complete spectrum of services from full scale impact testing to the design of the latest standards for occupant injury criteria.

MIRA is able to conduct testing to assess the structural crashworthiness of trains to the European TSI and EN15227 standards at the Long Marston rail test site. We also conduct a range of rail seat and interior testing services utilising our HyGe impact simulation facility.

To assess the structural crashworthiness of trains, MIRA have two modified rolling stock. Both have rigidised mounting plates for the attachment of either train front end structures or a flat plate representing an 80 tonne freight wagon. The mounting plates allow for the fitment of load cells between the mounting plate and train structures to record impact forces. The two rolling stock carriages have variable ballasting capability, which is supported onsite with a full rail vehicle weighing facility.

Train carriage post crash test.

The HyGe impact simulation facility is capable of testing to UK, Federal and potential future European requirements. It is able to accommodate actual rail vehicle bodyside and floor panels or rigid mounting systems with load measurement as required in the standards. The facility is BS17025 UKAS accredited to the dynamic test protocols in GM/RT2100 Issue 4 Part 6, and compliance reports to Rail Safety Standard Board requirements.

  • Rail Crash Test Site

    Rail Crash Test Site image

     MIRA has the capability to conduct full scale rail crash testing at the Long Marston facility near Stratford upon Avon Warwickshire. Operated by the Rail Alliance, the facility provides the optimum location for conducting structural crash testing to the European TSI and EN15227 scenarios 1 and 2.