Mandatory Train Parameters (Detail)



This document describes in detail the mandatory train parameters and how the mandatory field marking looks like.


Path section-level

When the Applicant enters the train parameters for the operation points into the Applicant requested timetable, the system checks for the mandatory train parameters and shows a warning message if it is missing.

This applies only to the operation points (path sections) in the requested Applicant timetable where the particular Applicant is assigned as a responsible agency. 


The missing mandatory train parameters also appear in "Control" and it is a blocking point for the Applicants to submit path requests.

Mandatory train parameters

The common train parameters are different for passengers and freight dossiers because IMs / ABs can define different parameter settings for passenger and freight trains.

They also determine each year which common parameter will be mandatory before the start of the next timetable period, in November.

Some common train parameters are becoming mandatory depending on the IMs/ABs business needs:  

  • train weight,  
  • train length,  
  • locomotive types etc.  

Train Parameters table*

Mandatory parameters are marked with an asterisk symbol (*). 

See the list of the parameters in the table below table (P – passenger, C – cargo/freight) 

Parameter nameSub Parameter 1Sub Parameter 2MandatoryDescriptionPC
Traffic Type  noinformation about the type of traffic (combined, rolling highway, EuroCity, etc)xx
Type of service  noe.g. Restaurant car, Sleeping carxx
Train Weight  yesThe sum of all weights of carriages and traction units.xx
Train Length  yesThe calculated maximum Length of a train (sum of all length over buffer of the carriages and traction units).xx
Weight of the set of carriages  yesThe sum of all weights of carriages and traction units.xx
Lenght of set of carriages  yesThe calculated maximum Length of a train (sum of all length over buffer of the carriages and traction units).xx
TractionDetails 1..∞  yesDefines the actual Type and the mode of deployment of a traction unit of the freight trainxx
TractionDetails 1..∞Loco Type Number yesIdentifies the actual number of a locomotive typexx
TractionDetails 1..∞Traction Mode yesIdentifies the mode of deployment of traction within a trainxx
TractionDetails 1..∞Train CC System noType of Train Control System by code (UIC 407-1)xx
TractionDetails 1..∞Train Radio System noThe onboard radio system of the train in a coded formatxx
TractionDetails 1..∞Traction Weight noweight of this traction unitxx
TractionDetails 1..∞Traction Length nolength of this traction unit.xx
Traction Max Speed  yesThe max. possible speed of a traction unit in km/h.xx
Train Max Speed  yesRequested max. speed of a train in km/h taking into account all various elements of the train composition/staff/etc.xx
Highest planned speed  noIM may inform the RA (Responsible applicant) on the highest allowed speedxx
Planned speed  noIM may inform the RA (Responsible applicant) on the speed which was the basis for path constructionxx
Coasting  noIM indicates to the RU whether the driver can rely on coastingxx
Tilting function  noEnumeration: Active tilting, passive tiltingx 
Max Axle Weight  noMaximum allowed axle weight for a carriage within a train. Unit in tons per axle. Depending on national rules.xx
Route Class  noIndication of the route class (based on UIC leaflet xxxxxx), depending on national rules.xx
Brake Type  no xx
Emergency Brake Override  noThe ability of the whole train (all carriages and traction units) to override the emergency brake signalxx
Braking Ratio  noMinimum percentage of breakingxx
MinBrakedweightPercent  noMinimum percentage of breakingxx
Brake Weight  noShows the Braked mass of the carriage according to the type of the braking system, in Tonnesxx
Exceptional Gauging Reference 0 ..∞  noA transport that exceeds the normal gauge. It indicates that one or several exceptional Gauging are on the train or on the carriagesxx
Exceptional Gauging Reference 0 ..∞IM Code no xx
Exceptional Gauging Reference 0 ..∞Exceptional Gauging Code no xx
Container Profile  no  x
Container ProfileProfile P1 no  x
Container ProfileProfile P2 no  x
Container ProfileProfile C1 no  x
Container ProfileProfile C2 no  x
Dangerous Goods Indication 0..∞  noIdentifies the Dangerous Goods by code x
Dangerous Goods Indication 0..∞Dan Good Type no  x
Dangerous Goods Indication 0..∞Dan Good TypeHazard Numberno  x
Dangerous Goods Indication 0..∞Dan Good TypeUN Material Numberno  x
Dangerous Goods Indication 0..∞Dan Good TypeRID Classificationno  x
Dangerous Goods Indication 0..∞Dan Good TypePackage GroupnoThree groups of packages (very hazardous, hazardous, low hazardous), classifying the dangerousness of the material x
Dangerous Goods Indication 0..∞Dan Good TypeWeight of dangerous goodno  x

* IM agencies have the access rights to classify optional parameters to mandatory. 

Activity Type

This field indicates the planned activity for the train on the operation point/path section. There are the following activity types possible (implemented in TAF TSI and used the same categorization in PCS): 

  • Commercial stop, Operational stop, Service stop, System stop, Reversing stop 
  • Stops for reversing move or driver change end stops for the locomotive to run around the train 
  • Technical check/inspection coaches/wagons 
  • Change gauge, add engine, detach engine, Change engine 
  • Add coach/wagon, detach coach/wagon, Change coach/wagon, Parking of vehicle 
  • Mail/parcel services 
  • Shunting service 
  • Terminal service (terminal in the meaning of final destination) 
  • Loco driver change, Loco driver break, Crew change 
  • Custom and passport facilities 
  • Other stop reason (miscellaneous)  
  • Boarding only 
  • Disembarking only 
  • Stop on request 
  • Departure equals to arrival time, Departure after disembarking,  
  • No waiting for a connection 
  • Watering 
  • Heating 
  • Cleaning / disinfecting 
  • Treatment on plants and live animals, Treatment of perishable goods 
  • Administrative operations 
  • Run through 

Location Types

The location type is implemented in TAF TSI and used the same categorization in PCS to standardize the locations in both systems. 

  • Origin 
  • Intermediate 
  • Destination 
  • Handover 
  • Interchange 
  • Handover and Interchange 
  • State Border 
  • Mutually Defined 

Location Types are also known as "Stop type" 

Differences between Handover and Interchange points are: 

  • Handover point: Point where the responsibility changes from one IM to another (TAF TSI definition). 
  • Interchange point: Location where the responsibility of the transfer for the wagons (from one Applicant to another Applicant) takes place. The train runs on its way and reaches the point where is handed over from an Applicant to another Applicant, who owns the path for the next journey section (TAF TSI definition). 


It is a free text field where recommended to enter detailed information for consignments of hazardous materials. Detailed descriptions about the hazardous materials are included in the train configuration for freight trains. 


Company Type