EN 13481-3:2022

Railway applications - Track - Performance requirements for fastening systems - Part 3: Fastening systems for wood and polymeric composite sleepers

Publication date:   Nov 15, 2022

General information

60.60 Standard published   Jul 13, 2022


CEN/TC 256 Railway applications

European Norm

93.100   Construction of railways



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This document is applicable to fastening systems, in Categories A - E as specified in EN 13481-1:2012, 3.1 for use on wood or polymeric composite sleepers in ballasted or ballastless track, including track on open deck bridges, with respective maximum axle loads and minimum curve radii as shown in Table 1.
[Table 1 - Fastening category criteria]

NOTE The maximum axle load for Categories A and B does not apply to maintenance vehicles.
The requirements apply to:
- fastening systems that act on the foot and/or web of the rail including direct fastening systems and indirect fastening systems;
- fastening systems for rail sections included in EN 13674-1:2011+A1:2017 (excluding 49E4) or EN 13674-4:2019.
This document is not applicable to fastening systems for other rail sections, rigid fastening systems, special fastening systems used at bolted joints or glued joints or special low clamping force fastenings used to mitigate track-bridge interaction effects.
This document is for type approval of complete fastening systems.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Directive (EU) 2016/797 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (Text with EEA relevance)

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EN 13481-3:2012


EN 13481-3:2022
60.60 Standard published
Jul 13, 2022