EN 12663-2:2010

Railway applications - Structural requirements of railway vehicle bodies - Part 2: Freight wagons EN 12663-2:2010

Publication date:   Jul 15, 2010

General information

99.60 Withdrawal effective   Oct 18, 2023


CEN/TC 256 Railway applications

European Norm

45.060.20   Trailing stock



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This European Standard specifies minimum structural requirements for freight wagon bodies and associated specific equipment such as: roof, side and end walls, door, stanchion, fasteners and attachments. It defines also special requirements for the freight wagon bodies when the wagon is equipped with crashworthy buffers.
It defines the loads sustained by vehicle bodies and specific equipment, gives material data, identifies its use and presents principles and methods to be used for design validation by analysis and testing.
For this design validation, two methods are given:
- one based on loadings, tests and criteria based upon methods used previously by the UIC rules and applicable only for car bodies made of steel;
- one based on the method of design and assessment of vehicles bodies given in EN 12663-1. For this method, the load conditions to be applied to freight wagons are given in this European Standard. They are copied in the EN 12663-1 in order to facilitate its use when applied to freight wagons.
The freight wagons are divided into categories which are defined only with respect to the structural requirements of the vehicle bodies.
Some freight wagons do not fit into any of the defined categories; the structural requirements for such freight wagons should be part of the specification and be based on the principles presented in this European Standard.
The standard applies to all freight wagons within the EU and EFTA territories. The specified requirements assume operating conditions and circumstances such as are prevalent in these countries.

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 12663:2000


EN 12663-2:2010
99.60 Withdrawal effective
Oct 18, 2023


EN 12663-2:2010/FprA1