This Standard provides purchasers and suppliers including owners, operators, designers, and manufacturers of railway sleepers with requirements for the specification, manufacture, and testing of trough-shaped steel sleepers for use in railway track.

This Standard specifies the performance requirements and gives design and testing methods for trough-shaped steel sleepers and their associated components for use in railway track. It provides methods for determining loads on sleepers and refers to AS 1085.19 for requirements for resilient fastening systems. It also sets out requirements for the performance of rail-insulating components.

This Standard does not cover sleepers for use in curves with a radius less than 200 m.


  1. Guidance on means for demonstrating compliance with this Standard is given in Appendix B.
  2. Guidelines on the design and manufacture of special sleepers and fastenings are given in Appendix C.