19/30389695 DC - BS EN 15551. Railway applications. Railway rolling stock. Buffers

19/30389695 DC

BS EN 15551. Railway applications. Railway rolling stock. Buffers

Status : Current, Draft for public comment   Published : July 2019



This document defines the requirements for buffers with 105 mm, 110 mm and 150 mm stroke for vehicles or units which use buffers and screw coupling. It covers the functionality, interfaces and testing procedures, including pass fail criteria, for buffers.


Typically, buffers with a stroke of 105 mm are used on freight wagons and locomotives, buffers with a stroke of 110 mm are used on coaches and locomotives and buffers with a stroke of 150 mm are used on freight wagons.

It defines the different categories of buffers, the space envelope, static and dynamic characteristics and energy absorption.

It defines the static and dynamic characteristics of the elastic systems.

It also defines the requirements for buffers with integrated crash elements (crashworthy buffers) for tank wagons for dangerous goods.

The requirements of this document also apply to buffers of locomotives and passenger coaches which are bound to meet the crashworthiness requirements of EN 15227 for normal service only. The properties for the energy absorbing function are defined in EN 15227 and the requirements specified in Clause 7 for tank wagons for dangerous goods are not applicable to the buffers of these locomotives and passenger coaches.

Diagonal buffers are excluded from this document.

For the crashworthy buffers of locomotives, cab cars or passenger coaches according to EN 15227, and tank wagons for dangerous goods or buffers which form part of a combined system consisting of a special buffer and a deformation element, interchangeability with freight wagon buffers is not required, and therefore the requirements of 5.3 (Buffer dimensions) do not apply, those of 5.4 (Mechanical characteristics of buffers) and 5.6 (Marking) apply with restrictions.


For tank wagons subjected to dangerous goods regulation see [35].

Standard Number19/30389695 DC
TitleBS EN 15551. Railway applications. Railway rolling stock. Buffers
StatusCurrent, Draft for public comment
Publication Date09 July 2019
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN ISO 6507-4, ISO 188, ISO 37, EN ISO 868, EN ISO 6507-2, EN ISO 148-2, EN 10204, EN 1370, ISO 815-2, EN ISO 148-3, EN 12663 (all parts), EN 10243-1, EN ISO 6507-1, ISO 815-1, EN 10168, EN 10025-2, EN ISO 6892-1, EN ISO 11469, EN 15227, EN ISO 6507-3, EN ISO 148-1, ISO 48
Informative References(Provided for Information)EN 15085-3, EN 10293, EN 16839, EN 10025-5, EN 15085-1, EN 15085-2, NF F10-1022:1998, EN 10025-1, EN 10083 (all parts), EN 10025-3, EN 15273-1, EN 15085-4, EN 15839, EN 10025-4, EN 1563, EN 10025-6, EN 13803
International RelationshipsprEN 15551
Draft Expiry Date26 August 2019
DescriptorsRailway coaches, Railway equipment, Railway vehicle components, Railway vehicles, Locomotives, Railway buffers, Railway wagons, Performance testing, Performance, Buffers (mechanical), Dimensions
Title in FrenchApplications ferroviaires - Wagons - Tampons
Title in GermanBahnanwendungen - Schienenfahrzeuge - Puffer
File Size1.521 MB
NotesWarning: this draft is not current beyond its expiry date for comments.

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