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Reference EN 50553:2012
Title Railway applications - Requirements for running capability in case of fire on board of rolling stock
Project Number 20779
Abstract/Scope This European Standard defines requirements for running capability under fire conditions which are applicable to passenger carrying railway rolling stock. In particular, technical measures are specified, compliance with which will contribute to conformity with the Directive and the relevant Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI). The standard specifies the fire conditions: – for which it is not necessary to define running capability requirements as there is no significant potential for serious injury or threat to life; – for which it is reasonable to expect trains to continue to run in a controlled manner; – for which it is not reasonably practicable to define requirements due to the exceptional nature of the fire incident. The TSI SRT defines running capability requirements in respect of fires within technical areas/equipment only. However for general guidance the scope of this standard is extended to include fires from non-technical causes within passenger/staff areas which may impact train system functions adjacent to and/or passing through the affected area. This extension of applicability significantly increases the number of system functions which are potentially at risk and therefore requires that the "reasonably practicable" principles be extended to this new condition. The standard does not consider situations where a primary non-fire incident is likely to immobilise the train by definition; for example major mechanical defect leading to derailment, even when fire then occurs.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2012-02-24
Current Stage code deadline 2013-01-23
Deadline date for vote 2011-06-30


Directive(s) RAIL (2008/57/EC)
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IEC Technical Body  
Reference Document  
ICS 13.220.50 - Fire-resistance of building materials and elements
45.060.01 - Railway rolling stock in general
Keywords Railway; Running: Fire; Rolling stock
Note 2011-12-20 - Publication editing allocated to
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 2012-02-24 2013-01-23 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2012-01-23 2012-02-20  
5060 2011-12-19 2012-01-09 export to doc file  EN
5020 2011-09-09 2011-12-16 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
4099 2011-07-04 2011-09-09  
4060 2010-07-13 2010-10-12 export to doc file  EN
4020 2010-02-05 2010-07-09 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
3099 2009-12-17 2010-04-12  
3020 2008-12-12 2009-02-27  
2020 2006-11-30 2007-05-30  
1099 2006-09-12 2007-03-12  
1000 2006-06-14 2006-09-13  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2012-01-23
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2012-02-24
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2012-07-23
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2013-01-23
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2015-01-23


Superseded by  
Normative reference (6)  

(1) Date of ratification (dor) date when the Technical Board notes the approval of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), from which time the standard may be said to be approved

(2) Date of availability (dav) date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat

(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

(4) Date of publication (dop) latest date by which an EN has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

(5) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn

(6) This list of normative references is purely indicative. The only official list of normative reference is the list of the published standard.