Special and Modified Containers (Standard)

Type of product being suggested:
Title of product being suggested:
Special and Modified Containers
Date of suggestion:
Feb 2015, Feb 2016, Feb 2017
Reason for suggestion:
Operational efficiency and addressing gap in hazard controls
Sponsored by RISSB Standing Committee:
This standard has been requested due to commonplace use of non ISO certified Containers in the railway and the lack of maintenance of the original national R series standards. Three companies are in the practice of developing non standard container coding within the market and increasing variety of container designs. From oversize to pop up cafes the variety of modified Containers continues to increase. A lack of design specification and national coding makes the task of moving the containers the industry is expected to transport increasing complex. Many of these Containers have poor design history and many have operational restrictions (stacking, lifting and access which complicate their intermodal transfers). Other containers have design features which are difficult to verify at our terminals. If ISO Containers are not maintained to their compliance plates then the ongoing arrangements for complainer plating become open to interpretation If it’s not an ISO container what standard does it conform to?This Standard is intended to define a set of requirements for the design of containers that do not meet the existing ISO Container design standards, including modified ISO containers and their specific methods of attachment to Rail wagons.

The Standard shall define limits and guidance to design and modifications that will ensure containers that do not meet the existing ISO and R Container standards are safe and suitable for use and carriage on the Australian rail network.

Hazard identification:
5.3 Harm to persons
5.4 Harm to Rolling Stock
5.5 Harm to Rolling Stock Related Processes
8.1 Derailment and or collision
Inconsistent design of Bespoke Equipment


Safety risk
Effective, reliable, fit for purpose and best solution to equipment design issues.
Standard approach to design / operational procedure validation.
Ensure safety through common plating and coding of containers (ensure special containers are clearly identified.
Interoperability / harmonisation
Standardisation of design and procedure criteria across the various track owner regional network controls.
Better understanding of the amortization of development costs for the introduction of new equipment and product improvement
Standardisation of container identification and plating improving operational efficiency