Positions 21 Dec 2016

Vehicle authorisation for broad gauge railways

The majority of the trans-European railway network was built with a 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, operational aspects and particular aspects in terms of vehicle authorisation.

This CER & ERFA Position Paper highlights the differences of the broad-gauge systems and showcases their specific needs for vehicle authorisation in light of the Fourth Railway Package’s Technical Pillar.