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European Rail Standards Information

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EN 15085 is the European Norm (superseding DIN 6700) related to the design and fabrication and testing of rail equipment, applicable throughout Europe.

Various governing standards are:

EN 14731 (supersedes EN 719) Identifies the quality related responsibilities and tasks included in the coordination of welding related activities. Coverage includes definitions, technical knowledge, and tasks and responsibilities, e.g. International Welding Engineer

ISO 3834 (supersedes EN 729) Defines various approaches to quality requirements for welding fabrication in workshops and on sites. Contains detailed definitions and annexes.

DIN EN 12663 Railway applications – Describes structural requirements of railway vehicles bodies

ISO 15607 (supersedes EN 288-1) Welding Procedure Qualification – Describes general rules for the specification and approval of welding for metallic materials.

ISO 9606 Welder Approval – Describes essential requirements, ranges of approval, test conditions, acceptance requirements and certification for the approval testing welder performance for the welding of steels.

EN 15085 Railway applications – Welding of railway vehicles and components (supersedes DIN 6700 Part 1-6).

Meeting the requirements for weld procedures (e.g. ISO 15609 / ISO 15614), welders (e.g. ISO 9606-1 (replaced EN 287-1)) and/or welding operators (e.g. ISO 14732 (replaced EN 1418)).

 

Description Requirements
Requirements Description
EN 12663 Railway applications – Structural requirements of railway vehicle bodies
EN 14033 Railway applications / Track Approval conditions for construction and maintenance machines
EN 15085 (supersedes DIN 6700) Rail Equipment – Welding of Railway Vehicles – Parts 1 to 5
ISO 3834 (supersedes EN 729) Quality Requirements for Welding
ISO 5173 Destructive tests on welds in metallic materials – Bend tests
ISO 5817 Welding. Fusion-welded joints in steel, nickel, titanium and their alloys (beam welding excluded). Quality levels for imperfections
ISO 9606 (supersedes EN 287) Welder Approval
ISO 10042 Welding — Arc-welded joints in aluminium and its alloys — Quality levels for imperfections
ISO 14731 (supersedes EN 719) Welding coordination — Tasks and responsibilities
ISO 14732 (supersedes EN 1418) Welding personnel – Qualification testing of welding operators and weld setters
ISO 14744 Electron beam welding – Part 1 to 6
ISO 15607 (supersedes EN 288-1) Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials – General rules
ISO 15609 Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials – Parts 1 to 6
ISO 15613 Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials — Qualification based on pre-production welding test
ISO 15614 Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials – Welding procedure test – Parts 1 to 13
ISO 17635 Non-destructive testing of welds. General rules for metallic materials
ISO 17637 Non-destructive testing of welds – Visual testing of fusion-welded joints
ISO 17638 Non-destructive testing of welds – Magnetic particle testing
ISO 17639 Destructive tests on welds in metallic materials – Macroscopic and microscopic examination of welds
ISO 17640 Non-destructive testing of welds – Ultrasonic testing – Techniques, testing levels, and assessment
ISO 17662 Welding — Calibration, verification and validation of equipment used for welding, including ancillary activities
ISO 25239 Friction stir welding – Aluminium – Part 1 to 5

 

This standards list and information is not subject for frequent updates. It is required to validate the information.

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North American Rail Standards Information

In the North American market, railroad safety is governed by the FRA (Federal Railroad Administration), a division of the DOT (Department of Transportation), and the AAR (Association of American Railroads) rules and regulations, such as:

  • AWS D15.1 Railroad Welding Specification for Cars and Locomotives
  • AWS Structural Welding Codes (i.e. AWS D1.1, AWS D1.2, AWS D1.3, AWS D1.6, …)
  • AWS D1.1 This code contains the requirements for design, fabrication and erecting welded steel structures.
  • AWS D1.2 This code contains the requirements for design, fabrication and erecting welded aluminum structures.
  • AWS D1.3 This code contains the requirements for arc welding of structural sheet/strip steels, and cold formed members.
  • AWS A3.0 Standard Welding Terms and Definitions
  • CFR 49, Volume 4, Chapter II FRA (Code of Federal Regulations)
  • AAR Manual of Standards & Recommended Practices (MSRP)
  • AAR Field Manual of the Interchange Rules
  • AAR Office Manual of the Interchange Rules
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) – CFR 49, Volume 4, Chapter II
Description Requirements Equipment
Railroad Freight Car Safety Standards CFR 49, Part 215 Railcars
Reflectorization of Rail Freight Rolling Stock CFR 49, Part 224 Railcars
Railroad Safety Appliance Standards CFR 49, Part 231 Railcars
Brake Systems Safety Standards CFR 49, Part 232 Freight / Non-Passenger Trains
Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices
Description Requirements Equipment
Car Construction -Fundamentals and Details MSRP Section C Railcars
M-1001 Specification for Design, Fabrication, and Construction of Freight Cars MSRP Section C Part II Railcars
M-1002 Specification for Tank Cars MSRP Section C Part III Railcars
M-1003 Specification for Quality Assurance MSRP Section J Railcars
Truck and Truck Details MSRP Section D Railcars
Brakes and Brake Equipment MSRP Section E Railcars
AAR Field Manual of the Interchange Rules Railcars

Note 1: These are incomplete standards lists and are for reference only

Note 2: MSRP – AAR Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices

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