UIC classification of goods wagons

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This list contains the UIC classification of goods wagons and their meanings. The description is made up of a category letter (in capitals) and usually several index letters (in lower case).

The international system for the classification of goods wagons was agreed by the UIC in 1965 and subsequently introduced into member countries. For example it was adopted in Germany on 1 January 1968 replacing their previous classification system which originated as early as 1905. The UIC classification has been amended several times since it began.

Not all wagons are given UIC designations. In Germany the few remaining guards vans and narrow gauge goods wagons have retained their original classifications.

Category letters[edit]

The following table contains the complete list of standard category letters. Letters A, B, C, D, P and W are reserved for coaches. However, also S is used for coaches and this doubles a goods wagons class.[1] These are covered in detail in the article on UIC classification of railway coaches. Each goods wagons type is given a type number, whose first digit forms the fifth digit of the 12-digit UIC wagon number.

Class Wagon type 1st digit of type number
E Ordinary open high-sided wagon 5
F Special open high-sided wagon 6
G Ordinary covered wagon 1
H Special covered wagon 2
I Refrigerated van 8
K Ordinary flat wagon with separate axles 3
L Special flat wagon with separate axles 4
O Open multi-purpose wagon (composite open high-sided flat wagon) 3
R Ordinary flat wagon with bogies 3
S Special flat wagon with bogies 4
T Goods wagon with opening roof 0 (before 1988: 5)
U Special wagons 9
Z Tank wagon 7

Index letters[edit]

International index letters[edit]

For classes Meaning
a E,F,G,H,I,T,U,Z
L,O
S
4 wheelsets*11
3 wheelsets
6 wheelsets
aa E,F,G,H,T,U,Z
L
S
≥ 6 wheelsets*11
≥ 4 wheelsets
≥ 8 wheelsets
b F
G
H
I
T
G,T
H
K
L,S
Wagon with separate axles[2] and a volume greater than 45 m³
Wagon with separate axles and of 12 m length or more and 70 m³ loading area
Wagon with separate axles and of length 12–14 m, 70 m³ volume, may be less for ferry boat wagons (f)
Wagon separate axles and loading area 22–27 m²
Wagon with separate axles and length over 12 m
Bogie wagon with loading length of 18 m or more
Bogie wagon with loading length 18–22 m
Bogie wagon with long stakes
Transporter for medium-sized containers
bb H
I
H
Wagon with separate axles and loading length of 14 m or more
Wagon with separate axles and loading area of 27 m² or more
Bogie wagon with loading length of 22 m or more
c E
F
H,T
I
L,S
U,Z
Discharging trap on the wagon floor
Controllable gravity discharging wagon. Underside of floor ≥70 cm above top of rails
Door in front wall
Meat hooks
Cradle
Compressed air or air blast discharging system
cc F
H
Controllable gravity discharge hopper. Underside of floor <70 cm above top of rails
Door in end wall and interior equipment for the transportation of motor vehicles
d H
I
L,S
T,U
Floor trap
For sea fish
For transportation of motor vehicles on one level
Controllable gravity discharge hopper, Underside of floor ≥70 cm above top of rails*19
dd T,U Controllable gravity discharge hopper. Underside of floor <70 cm above top of rails, cannot be used with lifting equipment *19
e H
I
L,S
R
T
Z
Two levels
Electrical forced-air heating
Double-decker wagon for motor vehicles
Folding sides
Door height over 1.90 m
Heating equipment
ee H More than 2 levels
f F,H,I,L,O,S,T,U,Z Great Britain loading gauge, suitable for ferries and channel tunnel
ff F,H,I,L,O,S,T,U,Z Great Britain loading gauge, suitable for channel tunnel only
fff F,H,I,L,O,S,T,U,Z Great Britain loading gauge, suitable for ferries only
g G,H,T,U
I
K,L,R
S
Z
For grain
Refrigerated van with cooling equipment
For container transport
For containers up to 60 feet
For sealed or liquified gases or gas dissolved under pressure
gg I
S
Refrigerated van, cooled with liquid gas
For containers up to 80 feet
h G,H
I
L,R,S,T
For early vegetables
With thick insulation
For sheet metal coils laid horizontally
hh L,R,S,T For sheet metal coils laid vertically
i H,T
I
K,L,R,S
U
Z
Opening side walls (sliding walls)
Refrigerated van with refrigerator on trailer wagon
Fixed front wall, movable top cover
Low-loading platform
Non-metal containers
ii H
I
High-strength sliding walls
Technical trailer
k E,F,G,H,K,L(a),O,T,U,Z
Ea,Fa,Ga,Ha,
Laa,R,S,Ta,Ua,Za
Eaa,Faa,Gaa,Haa, Sa(a),Taa,Uaa,Zaa
I
Ia
Maximum load on class C route: m < 20 t

Maximum load on class C route: m < 40 t

Maximum load on class C route: m < 50 t*12
Maximum load on class C route: m < 15 t
Maximum load on class C route: m < 30 t
kk
*13
E,F,G,H,K,L(a),O,T,U,Z
Ea,Fa,Ga,Ha,
Laa,R,S,Ta,Ua,Za
Eaa,Faa,Gaa,Haa, Sa(a),Taa,Uaa,Zaa
Maximum load on class C route: 20 t ≤ m < 25 t

Maximum load on class C route: 40 t ≤ m < 50 t

Maximum load on class C route: 50 t ≤ m < 60 t
l E
F,T,U
G
H
I
K,L,O,R,S
Not tippable
Loose (i.e. not controllable) gravity discharge hopper. Underside of floor ≥70 cm above top of rails *19
Up to 8 cm ventilation space
With movable partitions (from 1 May 1994)
Insulated wagon without ice chests
No stakes
ll F,T,U

H
Loose gravity discharge hopper; underside of floor <70 cm above top of rails
No lifting gear allowed*19
With lockable partitions (from 1 May 1994)
m
*15
E
Ea(a)
G,H,T
Ga(a),Ha(a),Ta(a)
I
Ia
K,O,L
R,S
La(a),Sa(a)
Loading length*14: l < 7.7 m
Loading length: l < 12 m
Loading length*14: l < 9 m
Loading length: l < 15 m
Loading area: A < 19 m²
Loading area: A < 39 m²
Loading length*14: 9 m ≤ l < 12 m
Loading length*14: 15 m ≤ l < 18 m
Loading length: 18 m ≤ l < 22 m
mm
*16
K,O,L
R,S
La(a),Sa(a)
Loading length*14: l < 9 m
Loading length*14: l < 15m
Loading length: l < 18 m
n
*13
I
H
E,G,K,L,T
F,O,U,Z
Ia,La
Ea,Fa,Ga,Ha,Laa,
R,S,Ta,Ua,Za
Eaa,Faa,Gaa,Haa,
Sa(a),Taa,Uaa,Zaa
Maximum load on class C route: m > 25 t
Maximum load on class C route: m > 28 t
Maximum load on class C route: m > 30 t
Maximum load on class C route: m > 30 t for twin-axled wagons / m > 40 t for three-axled wagons
maximum load at limit of load C: m > 40 t

Maximum load on class C route: m > 60 t

Maximum load on class C route: m > 75 t
o E
F,T,U

G,H
I
K
R
S
Not end-tipping
Loose gravity discharge hopper. Underside of floor ≥70 cm above top of rails. Lifting gear not usable
Twin-axled with loading length under 12 m and more than 70 m³ loading area
Ice chests under 3.5 m³
Fixed sides
Fixed end walls under 2 m
Articulated wagon with three twin-axled bogies
oo F,T,U

R
Loose gravity discharge hopper. Underside of floor <70 cm above top of rails. Lifting gear cannot be used
Fixed end walls over 2 m high
p F,T,U

I
K,L,S
R
Loose gravity discharge hopper. Underside of floor ≥70 cm above top of rails. Lifting gear cannot be used
No slatted floor
No sides
No end wall
pp F,T,U

K,R
Loose gravity discharge hopper. Underside of floor <70 cm above top of rails. Lifting gear cannot be used
Removable sides
q all Electrical heating pipes for all permitted types of power
qq all Electrical heating pipes and heating equipment for all permitted types of power
r
*17
all Steam heating pipes
rr
*17
all Steam heating pipes and equipment
r
*18
S Articulated wagon
s all Permitted in trains up to 100 km/h
ss all Permitted in trains up to 120 km/h

*11 In the version of the classification scheme valid up to 1979 a meant bogie wagon, aa was not applicable to classes E,F,G,H,T,U,Z.
*12 In version of the classification scheme valid up to 1979 there was also a load limit 40 t.
*13 The index letter was not part of the original 1966 version and was not introduced until later.
*14 In the DR the definition was initially just "length under …m", which referred to the length over buffers. As a result numerous wagons were given the wrong classification with the m missing.
*15 In the original 1965 version m was only intended for classes E,G,I,K,O,R.
*16 In the original 1965 version mm was only intended for classes K,O,R.
*17 The index letter could be dropped in 1980, but was sometimes displayed beyond that date.
*18 The index letter was introduced later than 1980.
*19 Up to 1979 both wagons with metered as well as those with loose gravity discharge were designated with a d.

National index letters[edit]

Country code 50: DR[edit]

For classes Period of use Meaning
t Gbkl, Hkr 1968 to 1979 with special equipment for transporting personnel
u E, G, K, R 1968 to 1979 not suitable for military use
v E, T
G, H
U
1968 up to 1979
1968 up to 1993
1980 up to 1993
not suitable for loading or unloading with a crane
With roof hatches (loading hatches in the roof)
For cement
w U
Z
1968 to 1979
1980 to 1993
For liquid fuel
x E
Uc
1980 to 1993
1968 to 1993
With steel floor
For coal dust
y Uc
T, U, Z
1968 to 1979
1980 to 1993
Chemical container wagon
With internal lining
z K, L, R, S
G, I
1968 to 1979
1980 to 1993
Removable platform railings
With steam heating pipes
zz F 1980 to 1993 With steam heating pipes and equipment

Country code 80: DB[edit]

For classes Meaning
t H
L
Daberkow transport protection equipment (to 30 April 1994)
inside loading width at the ends under 2.45 m
tt H Lockable partitions (to 30 April 1994)
u E,F,S
G,H,I,K,L,T
Hydraulic tipping system
Steam heating pipes
v all Electrical heating pipes for 1,000 or 1,500 volts
vv all Electrical heating pipes and heating equipment for 1,000 or 1,500 volts
w G,H,S Full spark protection covering
ww all Spark protection plate to UIC standard 543
x E With steel floor (from 1 January 1994)
z F
H
T
Dumper wagon
Wagons for Leig-Einheit units
Wagons used as Td or Tdg
zz Fb Bucket wagon

Country code 85: SBB[edit]

For classes Meaning
t all line feeder (10 bar)
u F
H
Electro-hydraulic dumping system
Cooling system
v all Electrical heating pipes 1000v 16⅔ ~
w R,S,U Movable handbrake railings and screw brake spindle (removable/folding)
ww H Spark protection plate to UIC standard 543
x H
S,L
2-axled drum brake
ACTS rotating frame
y H
F
R,S
Insulated
Smaller loading area (<20m³)
Disc brakes
z G,H With 12-core UIC cable

See also[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ COMMISSION DECISION of 11 August 2006 concerning the technical specification of interoperability relating to the subsystem ‘Traffic Operation and Management’ of the trans-European conventional rail system (notified under document number C(2006) 3593) (Text with EEA relevance) (2006/920/EC)
  2. ^ i.e. not a bogie wagon

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