EN 13261:2009

Railway applications - Wheelsets and bogies - Axles - Product requirements

Publication date:   Aug 21, 2009

General information

99.60 Withdrawal effective   Oct 20, 2010


CEN/TC 256 Railway applications

European Norm

45.040   Materials and components for railway engineering



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This European Standard specifies the characteristics of axles for use on European networks.
It defines characteristics of forged or rolled solid and hollow axles, made from vacuum-degassed steel grade
EA1N1 that is the most commonly used grade on European networks. For hollow axles, this standard applies
only to those that are manufactured by machining of a hole in a forged or rolled solid axle
In addition, the particular characteristics for axles in grade EA1T1 and EA4T1 are given in Annex A.
Two categories of axle are defined, category 1 and category 2. Generally, category 1 is chosen when the
operational speed is higher than 200 km/h.
This standard is applicable to axles that are designed in accordance with the requirements of EN 13103 and
EN 13104.
NOTE Different values for some characteristics may be agreed if a particular process of fabrication (e.g. cold rolling,
shot peening) has an influence on them.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Interoperability of the trans-European high-speed rail system


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 13261:2003


EN 13261:2009
99.60 Withdrawal effective
Oct 20, 2010