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In Europe there are 5 railway test centers:

1) Wegberg-Wildenrath Test and Validation center (PCW) (Germany) - up to 160 km/h
2) Velim (Czech Republic) - up to 210 km/h
3) Faurei (Romania) - up to 200 km/h
4) France (?)
5) Poland (?)
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Railway Test Center from Faurei (Romania)

Railway Testing Centre from Faurei it is placed on main line Bucuresti-Galati near Faurei and has the following characteristics:

- The total length of lines: 20,2 km, interlocking system, from which:

o The big ring :

· 13,7 km with 6 footbridges and 4 level crossings;

· maximum speed 200 km/h;

· two curves with radius of 1800 m and the cants of track of 150 mm;

· length of the straight lines 1000 m, 950m;

· electrification in single – phase alternating current of 25 kV/50 Hz with the level of catenary at 5,5 m;

o The small ring:

· 2,2 km with 5 footbridges, non electrified;

· maximum speed 60 km/h;

· curves with radius of 400m (cant of track of 70 mm), 180 m (cant of track of 70 mm), 250 m (cant of track of 70mm), 180 m (cant of track of 130mm), 250 m (cant of track of 130 mm), 800 m (cant of track of 70 mm);

· test line with curves and reverse curves of variable radius: with the smallest radius 135 and the biggest radius 250 on a length of 765 m;

· collision line with hump;

-- hall of 600 m2 with inspection pits (one simple and one with outside pockets), lifting jacks 4 x 20 t and travelling platform of 3.2 t, and outside the hall there is a gantry crane of 6.3 t;

-- building with offices and accommodation rooms having a total area of 583 m2 (6 double rooms), meeting room (for about 20 persons), dining room, kitchen.

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Vmax=140 km/h
Voltages 825 V DC, 3000 V DC, 25 000 V AC.
^^ Its worth to add that this one is for 1520 mm gauge ;)

Just to supplement details about Polish test track can be found under link:

Vmax depends on curves but on this short straight trains can reach 160 km/h although only for a short time.

Going wider in USA is test centre in Pueblo, Colorado:,_Inc..,-104.2727991,11z

This is the biggest and from many statements only rail test facility with its own tracks on North America soil. At least all vehicles for this market are tested there (including electric units).
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This news hasn't appeared yet in English on the web, so you might be lucky I translated this from several Turkish articles.
I am expecting international railways news sites and publications to further look more information about this project and confirm this.

World's first railway trains testing facility capable of 400 km/h. is being built in Turkey (the first in Europe -> and in the world ??? Can somebody confirm ?). It is part of the Turkish Railway Technology Excellency Project.

-It will be 50 kms. long, headquartered in the province of Alpu, Eskisehir (halfway between Istanbul and Ankara, already connected by HSR).
-Capable of supporting 30 tonnes/axle.
-It will encompass 3 lines, one capable of 400 km/h., one for 200 km./h and one for tram-type vehicles and wagons, capable of up to 100 km./h.
-1435 mm. and 1520 mm.
-possibility of undergoing the 1,000,000 km. tests continuously.
-international recognition of the quality of the tests and the quality of training to railway staff.
-patenting possibility
-research and development facilities
-static and dynamic testing
-accommodation for staff and guests, with dormitories, food court, presentation halls, training facilities (rooms).

150 million TL have already been approved for the project back in 2012.
It is expected to cost around 240 million lira.
The tender for the first phase has already been awarded, they are working clearing the ground.

In the first phase, buildings for static and dinamic measuring/monitoring equipment will be built, and in final phase, space for accommodation, research, presentations etc. International railway experts are currently offering consultation regarding the equipment and other technical data for this facility.

The aim of the project is to increase the number of railway specialists (up to 160 engineers will be working permanently here, from 500 staff) and especially to test the newly designed 'national high speed train', which is expected to run on tracks in 2017. Also trains and trams from abroad could be tested here.

Currently, high speed trains are tested directly en route, and this has many disadvantages.
Germany has a facility enabling up to 160 kms/h. and Czech Republic 210 kms/h.
The new generation high speed trains capable of 320-360 and up to 400 kms/h. could be brought to Turkey for testing and certification.

You can catch a glimpse of the newly designed 'national train' here, expected to be ready in 2018 (one year after this Railways Excellency Centre will have been built):
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