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CEN - PREN 15746-4

Railway applications - Track - Road-rail machines and associated equipment - Part 4: Technical requirements for running, travelling and working on urban rail

pending, Most Current
Organization: CEN
Publication Date: 1 December 2015
Status: pending
Page Count: 20
ICS Code (Construction of railways): 93.100
scope:

General

This European Standard deals with the technical requirements to minimize the specific railway hazards of self-propelled road-rail machines - henceforward referred to as machines - and associated equipment, which can arise during the commissioning, the operation and the maintenance of machines when carried out in accordance with the specification given by the manufacturer or his authorized representative when designed and intended for running, travelling and/or working on urban railways only. Where a machine is designed and intended for use on mainline and urban rail the most onerous conditions of prEN 15746-1 and prEN 15746-4 will need to be complied with.

The requirements in this standard amend those in prEN 15746-1 as required for the use of the machine on urban railways. This European Standard does not apply to the following:

- the requirements for quality of the work or performance of the machine;

- the specific requirements established by the machine operator for the use of machines, which will be the subject of negotiation between the manufacturer and the controller of an urban railway;

- moving and working while not on rails;

- separate machines temporarily mounted on machines and associated equipment.

This European Standard does not establish the additional requirements for the following:

- operation subject to special rules, e.g. potentially explosive atmospheres;

- hazards due to natural causes, e.g. earthquake, lightning, flooding;

- working methods;

- operation in severe working conditions requiring special measures, e.g. work in tunnels or in cuttings, extreme environmental conditions such as: freezing temperatures, high temperatures, corrosive environments, tropical environments, contaminating environments, strong magnetic fields;

- hazards occurring when used to handle suspended loads which may swing freely.

For a road-rail machine it is assumed that an EU road permissible host vehicle will offer an accepted safety level for its designed basic functions before conversion. Unless explicitly stated otherwise in a particular clause this specific aspect is not dealt with in this European Standard.

Other track construction and maintenance machines used on railway tracks are dealt with in other European Standards, see Annex B.

Scope of urban rail

Urban rail systems cover both Urban Guided Transport systems (UGT) and other rail systems which might be excluded from the scope of the Interoperability Directive 2008/57/EC (Article 1.3 (a) and (b)).

Urban Guided Transport systems (UGT), which cover metro, tram and light rail, are defined as public transport systems permanently guided at least by one rail, intended for the operation of local, urban and suburban passenger services with self-propelled vehicles and operated either segregated or not from general road and pedestrian traffic.

Categories of urban rail systems include:

- (I) Metros: UGT systems operated on their own right of way and segregated from general road and pedestrian traffic. They are consequently designed for operations in tunnel, viaducts or on surface level but with physical separation in such a way that inadvertent access is not possible. In different parts of the world, Metro systems are also known as the underground, the subway or the tube. Rail systems with specific construction issues operating on a segregated guideway (e.g. monorail, rack railways) are also treated as Metros as long as they are designated as part of the urban public transport network.

- (II) Trams: UGT systems not segregated from general road and pedestrian traffic, which share their right of way with general road and/or pedestrian traffic and are therefore embedded in their relevant national road traffic legislation (highway codes and specific adaptations).

- (III) Light Rail: Light Rail is defined as a UGT system operated in parts of the system not segregated from general road and pedestrian traffic, and in parts of the system with segregated right-of-way. The segregation may include some sections of line where inadvertent access is not possible.

- (IV) Local rail systems which by national decision complying with Article 1 (3) a) or b) of Directive 2008/57/EC may be excluded from the European Community Rail System.

NOTE Such systems connect city centres with their suburban hinterland or regional local centres. Such systems are operated on rights of way which are basically segregated from general road and/or pedestrian traffic and/or which can be declared by law as independent from the public environment even if they are not segregated by location, form of construction or appropriate measures. For historical reasons they might be strongly influenced by conventional railway parameters and their operations procedures. 

Category of machines for this European Standard

This European Standard applies to Category 9 machines as described in prEN 15746-1:2015, Clause 4. 

Validity of this European Standard

This European Standard applies to all machines which are ordered one year after the publication date by CEN of this European Standard.

Document History

PREN 15746-4
December 1, 2015
Railway applications - Track - Road-rail machines and associated equipment - Part 4: Technical requirements for running, travelling and working on urban rail
General This European Standard deals with the technical requirements to minimize the specific railway hazards of self-propelled road-rail machines – henceforward referred to as machines – and...

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