EN 15273-1:2009

Railway applications - Gauges - Part 1: General - Common rules for infrastructure and rolling stock

Publication date:   Mar 22, 2010

General information

99.60 Withdrawal effective   May 8, 2013


CEN/TC 256 Railway applications

European Norm

45.020   Railway engineering in general



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This European Standard is applicable by authorities involved in railway operation and may also be applied for light vehicles (e.g. trams, metros, etc. running on two rails) and their associated infrastructure, but not for systems such as rail-guided buses.
It allows vehicles and infrastructures to be dimensioned and their compliance to be checked relative to the gauging rules.
For the rolling stock and for the infrastructure, this standard is applicable to new designs, to modifications and to the checking of vehicles and infrastructures already in use.
This document EN 15273-1 covers:

 the general principles;
 the various elements and phenomena affecting the determination of gauges;
 the various calculation methods applicable to the elements shared by the infrastructure and by the rolling stock;
 the sharing rules for elements taken into account in calculations specific to the infrastructure and to the vehicle;
 a catalogue of European gauges.
This document does not cover:

 conditions to be met to ensure safety of passengers on platforms and of persons walking along the tracks;
 conditions to be met by the fixed equipment maintenance machines in active position;
 the space to be cleared for the running track of rubber-tyred metros and other vehicles;
 rules applicable to extraordinary transportation, however some formulae may be used;
 rules applicable to the design of the overhead line;
 rules applicable to the design of the current collection on a third rail;
 simulation methods for the running of vehicles, therefore, it does not confirm the validity of existing simulations;
 verification rules of wagon loadings;
 coding methods for combined transportation;
 infrastructure gauges for very small curve radii (e.g. R < 150 m for gauge G1).

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Interoperability of the trans-European high-speed rail system


Procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and telecommunications sectors


Directive 2001/16/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2001 on the interoperability of the trans-European conventional rail system


DIRECTIVE 2008/57/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 June 2008 on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community (Recast)

Life cycle


EN 15273-1:2009
99.60 Withdrawal effective
May 8, 2013


EN 15273-1:2013