Preparation of Sheets
The Armed Forces inform their Railway Administration of the overall external dimensions and weight of the
equipment to be used by them on national or foreign territory.
Using this information, the Railway Administration carries out loading studies, defines the movement conditions,
prepares the appropriate sheet(s) and forwards it(them) to the DB.
Sheets for equipment used by the United Kingdom and United States Forces stationed in Germany are prepared
by the DB.
The DB is responsible for numbering new sketches, the adoption, where appropriate, of a single sketch when the
same equipment exists in several armies, and the establishment of an envelope sketch for several variants of the same
Exceptionally, the SNCF has certain numbers at its disposal for sheets relating to equipment in use in the French
Forces. After preparing and numbering a sheet, the SNCF forwards a block to the DB. Should the equipment concerned
be already covered by a sheet prepared by another Administration, the DB numbers the single sheet.
When the DB has allocated a number to a new sheet, the Administration which prepared it prints the number of
copies needed for its own use and sends a block to the other Administrations, which complete it as required, translate the
text and have copies printed and distributed as necessary.
If the Armed Forces wish to modify an item of material or equipment, thus altering, its characteristics (size or
weight), they must notify their national Railway Administration. The latter must treat the modified equipment as new
equipment and prepare a new sheet.
Classification of Equipment and Numbering of Sheets
Military equipment has been classified into FOUR main groups, each of which is sub-divided into NINE sub-
The basic numbering system provides for a FOUR-figure number for each sheet.
The first figure on the left denotes the main group into which the equipment is classified:
1 = Wheeled vehicles.
2 = Semi-tracked vehicles.
3 - Tracked vehicles.
4 = Trailers and semi-trailers.
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