This Agreement is divided into four parts as follows:
PART 1 : DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED AS REGARDS THE TRANSPORT OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT BY RAIL
Statement of the Problem
The military equipment to be transported by rail is generally heavy and bulky. Furthermore, the possibilities of the
existing rail infrastructure and rolling stock are limited. Clearance difficulties are due to the maximum gauges of lines or
The difficulties inherent in wagons are due to:
This problem is dealt with in STANAC 2175.
The weight and dimensions of wagons carrying military equipment therefore generally exceed the normal technical
possibilities of the existing infrastructure and rolling stock. Consequently either it is impossible to transport military
equipment by rail or restrictions have to be imposed on its loading, movement or construction.
In order to permit planning, the speedy transport of military equipment and the crossing of frontiers, the following
arrangements have been made in agreement with the Railway Administrations:
Definition of maximum size envelopes and movement conditions.
Establishment of construction standards for military equipment to ensure that it does not exceed either the
PPI gauge or the maximum envelope.
Establishment of a unified sketchbook.
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