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Rail Vehicle Structures

This page provides useful resources including a self-assessment test to help you understand the requirements for rail vehicle structures. It has been designed for those considering designing, purchasing new or modifying existing rolling stock.

Vehicle Structures standards 

There are several standards containing requirements for the structural design and modifications, of rail vehicles, these include:

The LOC & PAS and PRM Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) define the technical standards which must be met to satisfy the essential requirements and to ensure the ‘interoperability’ of the European railway system.

GMRT2100 Issue 6 contains requirements classified as National Technical Rules (NTRs) on the GB Mainline railway and include the design and integrity of primary and secondary rail vehicle structures including interior crashworthiness.  These requirements have been developed in the absence of a requirement in a TSI, or where a GB Rail alternative is permitted, (for example: open points, specific cases, permitted alternatives, technical compatibility).

RIS-2780-RST Issue 1 contains requirements for Rail Vehicle Structures that do not meet the criteria to be published as NTRs but are still considered useful to GB rail. The requirements address points raised in BS EN 13749 and BS EN 16286 and cover the following areas: Bodyshell, Bogies and Elements interfacing with passengers.

Both GMRT2100 and RIS-2780-RST have been drafted to the latest template, so that each requirement now has associated Rationale and Guidance.

Self-Assessment test 

The Vehicle Structures Knowledge Self-assessment test  helps to gauge understanding and directs those considering designing, purchasing new or modifying existing rolling stock to further guidance. The self-assessment test is anonymous. RSSB will only collect personal data on your role and what part of industry you work in. We will also collect anonymous data on the test scores. This will enable us to measure which parts of the industry have used the self-assessment and to broadly gauge the level of understanding of the relevant topic. This information will allow RSSB to improve its content.

Once you have submitted your completed assessment, you will immediately receive tailored feedback for each of the questions you have attempted. This will contain information and links to further reading that will help you understand where there might be gaps in your knowledge.

If you feel that you would benefit from additional support in this area, please email: wayne.murphy@rssb.co.uk.

 

 

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