Emsland test facility

The Emsland Transrapid Test Facility (German: Transrapid-Versuchsanlage Emsland, TVE) is a testing site for Transrapid maglev trains in Emsland, Germany. The single track line runs between Dörpen and Lathen. Turning loops are at each end. The track is elevated for almost its entire length to allow continued farming and grazing of the land occupied.

Emsland Test Facility
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LocaleEmsland, Germany
Transit typeMaglev
Number of lines1
Number of stations1
Began operation1984
Operator(s)Transrapid International
System length31.5 kilometres

Until the 2006 Lathen maglev train accident, the trains often carried paying passengers, possibly to "show off" the maglev. They regularly ran at up to 420 km/h. All runs, including those with passengers, were fully monitored, with the last car in the three car trains filled with monitoring computers and engineers.

Construction of the facility began in 1980 and was completed in 1984.

In 2006, 23 people were killed in the Lathen maglev train accident on the track, involving a Transrapid passenger train and a maintenance vehicle. The accident was discovered to have been caused by human failure in implementing safety and checking protocols. After the accident, Bärbel Wempe, a 56-year-old emergency services worker, who was one of the first on the scene, observed that “the Transrapid has become a symbol of destruction and no longer one of optimistic times.”

At the end of 2011, the operation license expired and the test track was closed.

In early 2012, the demolition and reconversion of all the Emsland site, including the tracks and factory, was approved. [1]


  1. ^ "10 years since horror crash on magnet-train's maiden voyage". THE LOCAL de. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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Coordinates: 52°52′18″N 7°20′58″E / 52.87167°N 7.34944°E / 52.87167; 7.34944