Broad-gauge infrastructure in northern & eastern Europe

Broad-gauge infrastructure in northern & eastern Europe

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The majority of the trans-European railway network was built with 1.435 mm track gauge. Due to historical reasons and in particular the vicinity to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, some European railway networks differ in terms of technical parameters and operational aspects.

The differences between the 1.435, 1.520 and 1.524 railway systems are not limited to the track gauge, but include a wide range of aspects of both infrastructure and rolling stock. This CER factsheet highlights the differences of the broad gauge systems and showcases the specific needs in the light of the 4th Railway Package’s Technical Pillar.