End-on loading and unloading
Wheeled or tracked military equipment must only be loaded and transported within the load limits
marked on the wagons over which the load passes and on those which will transport it, i.e. either :
the maximum permissible load ;
the permissible concentrated load ;
maximum gross weight.
Rules to follow :
Wheeled military equipment. The wagon floor and tail-gates can bear a load corresponding to
the transit of wheeled equipment weighing up to 10 metric tons per axle. If the axle weight of the
wheeled equipment is over 10 metric tons, such equipment must only be moved with a loading
bridge in place between contiguous wagons or between the ramp and the wagon next to it and, Lf
required, load spreaders (gouttilres)(*) shall be placed on the wagon floor to remain within the
load limits stated in 6.a.(1) above.
The tail-gates of all classified wagons equipped with them can withstand the transit of all tracked
equipment at present in service.
In addition, the following conditions must be met z
The axle or bogie farthest from the loading or unloading point must not be discharged of its
deadweight, or the suspension mechanisms may be damaged.
The bearing capacity of the wagon overhang must be calculated for each type of wagon. The
permissible stress for the overhanging steel sections is 230 N/mm2 for metal with a tensile
strength equivalent to or more than 370 N/mm2.
Gouttiere : Ballrace rigid metal plating used for load spreading of a wheel over several elements.
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