Written by Janez Merlak
Saturday, 31 March 2007 17:17
The ride on freight trains and stops at railway stations require participants in this transport to respect special rules:
- Instructions of the railway personnel must be followed at all times.
- The truck may be loaded only if in compliance with road regulations. Be careful that tarpaulins are attached and closed at all sides, side mirrors folded in and in compliance with regulations, additional equipment put away (snow chains, ladders, etc.). Dimensions and weights of vehicles must comply with the freight transport act. Axle loads must not exceed the ones required by law. More detailed data may be found in the timetable.
- The freight being carried must be evenly loaded onto the loading surface of the truck and safely attached. Axle and trailer loads must not exceed the ones required by law. When securing freight, bear in mind the maximum external height and width of freight and the truck.
- Radio antennas must be completely folded, removed or secured by being tied down. Due to the danger of high voltage all radio devices (including alarm devices) must be switched off, so that automatic positioning of antennas is disabled. Radio reports on road conditions must also be turned off. The danger of a short circuit!
- Driving on the train is possible with the permission of competent authorities. When driving on the train, bear in mind the distance of your vehicle from the wagon floor and the distance to other vehicles.
- Avoid damages to the truck, wagon and loading ramps. Air springs must be fully filled with air.
- Drive gradually through wagons with the minimum distance of wagon length to the next truck.
- Respect the maximum allowed vehicle dimensions.
- Be particularly careful to drive exactly on tracks when driving from one wagon to the other in order to avoid damages to the steering system of your vehicle.
- After the vehicle has been loaded, leave it in a gear, pull the brake and turn off the engine.
- Adjust chocks, leave air out of the air spring system, if necessary, and close doors.
- It is only allowed to be on tracks when placing or removing chocks.
- It is prohibited to climb onto the roof of vehicles – Lethal danger!
- The safety distance in parts near the transport network and its construction parts under voltage must be at least 3 m; the use of long objects at work is thus prohibited – Lethal danger!
- Do not step onto adjacent tracks and keep the distance to adjacent tracks – Lethal danger!
- It is strictly prohibited to travel in the cabin of a loaded truck – Lethal danger!
- Sparks may jump also without a direct contact with track wires – Lethal danger! The instructions of the personnel must be followed!
- The removal of chocks is only allowed after the train has arrived to the discharge track. After chocks have been removed, they must be put into the designated drawers. Before driving off the train, the permission of competent railway personnel or the terminal must be given.
- When leaving the train, be careful that the truck is lifted from the floor enough (air springs).
- A truck with a trailer or a truck may be accompanied by a driver and a co-driver, who must be at least 18 years of age. The names of the driver and the co-driver must be stated on the shipment note.
- Other persons are not allowed onto the train. The sleeping wagon can accommodate a limited number of persons.
- It is only allowed to enter or leave the train at end railway stations after the train / sleeping wagon has reached its final destination. It is not allowed to leave the sleeping wagon during stops, except with the prior instruction of the competent official if stops at customs offices and borders or train failures require so. Special caution is necessary when entering or leaving the train.
- It is prohibited to throw objects out of windows. Maintain the cleanliness of the sleeping wagon and do not use the bathroom during stops or while at loading facilities.
- The above instructions must be followed. Users of piggyback trains shall be liable for any damages to wagons, track devices, etc., arising from failure to follow the above instructions. The general terms and conditions of the UIRR are applicable.
Additional instructions for the Ljubljana - Salzburg and Maribor – Wels piggyback trains.
Securement of antennas on vehicles:
- All antennas on vehicles exceeding the truck height of 4.00 m must be folded or removed.
- Tying down of long antennas exceeding the truck height under 4.00 m, sticking of antennas between the cabin and spoiler, wedging between the side mirror and similar is no longer allowed.
- If any irregularities or too long antennas not removed by the driver are discovered before the train leaves, the truck will not be allowed to be dispatched for safety reasons.
In order to ensure the highest possible transport safety, we ask you to consistently follow the abovementioned measures and thank you for your understanding.