EUROPE: The TrioTRAIN cluster of interoperability development projects was officially launched in Brussels on June 4. Three 'Total Regulatory Acceptance for the Interoperable Network' projects will develop methods for the virtual certification of new vehicles, aiming to reduce certification costs and time-to-market.

TrioTRAIN brings together 30 partners co-ordinated by UNIFE. The overall budget is €13·2m, including an €8m grant under the European Commission's 7th Framework Programm

TrioTRAIN projects


Area Vehicle dynamics
Partners 22
Duration 48 months
Budget €5·6m (EC €3·3m)


Area Pantograph-catenary interaction
Partners 16
Duration 36 months
Budget €3·6m (EC €2·2m)


Area Aerodynamics
Partners 18
Duration 36 months
Budget €4·0m (EC €2·5m)

TrioTRAIN also aims to close the 'open points' in the Technical Specifications for Interoperability and inconsistencies in existing acceptance criteria.