Requirements on On Track Machines OTMs
Transitional rule on using independent reviewers
According to the transition rule to the Railway Technology Act (2022:366), older regulations may be applied to cases and matters initiated before the Act enters into force. This means that if you have an ongoing case before 1 June 2022 for authorisation in the One-Stop Shop or for temporary authorisation or for an independent reviewer at the Swedish Transport Agency, you may continue to use an independent reviewer instead of a Designated Body (DeBo) in the authorisation process for the vehicle in question.
On-track machines traveling at speeds higher than 20 km/h must normally be authorised by the Swedish Transport Agency or ERA. The applicant must submit the application via ERA's One‑Stop Shop (OSS). If the area of use is limited solely to Sweden, the applicant can choose the Swedish Transport Agency as the authorising entity. If the area of use covers more than one Member State, ERA will be the authorising entity.
The applicant may choose to apply either national technical rules (TSFS 2022:36) assessed by designated bodies (DeBo) or TSIs assessed by notified bodies (NoBo). When the applicant chooses to apply TSI, the process and rules for locomotives and passenger vehicles are followed.
For time-limited approvals for tests and passive transport, the applicant must contact the Swedish Transport Agency directly. Then the process according to TSFS 2022:35 is applied.
Shunters and historical vehicles follow the same model as on-track machines, but some standards are especially aimed at on-track machines, e.g. EN 14033-1. For two-way vehicles, the requirements of standard EN 15746 can be used. Shunters and historical vehicles are authorised according to regulation TSFS 2022:34.
The applicant may choose to apply the following TSIs when authorising on-track machines:
- TSI Locomotives and passenger rolling stock, Regulation (EU) no 1302/2014.
- TSI Noise Regulation (EU) no 1304/2014 amended by 2019/774
- TSI Control Command and Signalling Regulation EU 2016/919 amended by (EU) 2019/776 and 2020/387. This TSI shall apply to vehicles equipped with the traffic control system ETCS.
Imported on-track machines with an authorisation from another EU+ county (EU+NO+CH) has to be authorised for traffic in Sweden. This is done by applying for an extended area of use in OSS.
When authorising an on-track machine (or a series of vehicles) which is completely or partly covered by TSIs, the applicant shall engage one or more notified bodies. These bodies must check that the vehicle complies with the respective TSI. In the case of a modification of existing vehicles, the applicant decides whether or not a new authorisation is required on the basis of the criteria described in Article 16 and/or 15 of regulation (EU) 2018/545, Practical Arrangement for Vehicle Authorisation, PAVA.
National requirements, open points and specific cases
In addition to requirements in the relevant TSIs, on-track machines must also meet national requirements regarding open points and special cases specified in the respective TSI. Vehicles that do not comply with the Locomotive and Passenger Vehicles TSI must meet all relevant national requirements.
In regulation TSFS 2022:36 the Swedish Transport Agency has stated the national requirements on a general level. The guidelines below state the technical solutions for authorisations of on-track machines.
Guide lines for on-track machines
The following guidelines state technical solutions for authorisation of new, rebuilt and modernized on-track machines: (some are only available in Swedish):
- The Swedish Transport Agency guide: Assessment of railway vehicles interaction with Swedish railway infrastructure and other functions.
- The Swedish Transport Agency guide: Guideline for authorisation of locomotives with a remote control function installed, link in Swedish.
- The Swedish Transport Agency guide: Guideline for driving cab, driver's manuals and safety equipment in locomotives and multiple units, link in Swedish. This guideline is valid for vehicles with drivers cab. It sets a requirement that there shall be manuals in the driver's language in the cab. There shall also be maintenance instructions in the user's language.
- TDOK 2015.0143: Vehicle gauges. BVS 1586.222 Requirement for reference contours of vehicles.
- TDOK 2014.0690: BVS 1592.0201 - Detectors Requirements for hot axle box and hot wheel thread detection. There are some specific cases for Sweden in the TSI.
- TDOK 2014.0776: BVS 544.14002 Requirement for train detection by track circuits.
- The Swedish Transport Administration: Study on risk of collision in point switches due to distance between buffer end and first axle of train in combination with short distance between insulated joint and fouling point, link in Swedish.
To find dokuments from Swedish Transport Administration you need to go to there website (Swedish page) and search for the specific dokument.
- TDOK 2015:0143
- TDOK 2014.0690
- TDOK 2014.0776
On-track machines must meet requirements for safety and reliability in Swedish winter conditions. The applicant should therefore demonstrate that new on-track machines have sufficient safety and reliability when operating in winter conditions. This should be done with winter tests and experience operation during winter conditions. On-track machines that have not performed winter tests are normally subject to operational restrictions specified in the authorisation.
Railway vehicles intended for traffic on the Öresund Bridge must be approved for traffic in both Sweden and Denmark.
Requirements for installation of train protection and train radio systems
Railway vehicles with a driving cab shall normally have a train protection system type ETCS-STM or ATC2 installed. See requirements to the left under the link "Requirements on On Board Control Command and Signalling systems (CCS)". On-track machines and shunters can be approved without a train protection system.
All vehicles with a driving cab must have train radio, type GSM-R, installed on board. However, some on-track machines and shunters can be authorised without an installed GSM-R equipment. Such vehicles get operational restrictions specified in their authorisations.