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ISO Container Sizes

ISO containers, also referred to as intermodal containers, are used to transport freight throughout the world. ISO containers are designed for transportation by more than just one mode: such as road and rail, or rail and ship.    They are specifically designed for convenient lifting and movement.   The relevant standard for ISO containers is ISO 668:1995 Series 1 freight containers - Classification, dimensions and ratings

ISO containers are manufactured in standard sizes. The standard width of ISO containers is 8 feet (2.44m ), the standard heights are 8 feet 6 inches (2.59m), and 9 feet 6 inches (2.9m), and the most common lengths are 20 feet (6.1m) and 40 feet (12.19m). The containers are also manufactured in a number of different lengths from 24 feet (7.31m) to 56 feet (17.22m)






London Underground Rolling Stock Sizes

Typical recent London Underground Rolling STock is 2.63m Wide x 2.875m Wide x 17.77m Long supported on 4 wheel pairs the wheels being 0.77m dia.




UK Reasonable Car Parking Space

At Roadside = 6.6m Long x 2.7m wide
Within a single bay = 4.8m long x 3.6m Wide





UK Road vehicle size Limitations

The authorities need to be notified if a road vehicle is over 3m wide and/or if a vehicle is over 18.75m long and/or if the weight distribution of the vehicle exceeds the following

  1. 18,000kg 2 axle
  2. 26,000kg 3 axle
  3. 32,000kg 4 axle
  4. 40,000kg 5 axle
  5. 44,000kg 6 axle

Only Bridges with clearance height of less than 4.95m (16'-3") are indicated on road maps.




Typical Car dimensions

BMW 525 4d.... Length = 4.84m width 1.84m height 1.46m Mass 1560kg
Ford Fiesta .... Length = 3.918m width(noMirrors/ mirrors)1,683-1,905 height (unloaded)1.468m Mass 1100kg
Range rover(2009).... Length 4,972m Width(over mirrors) =2.1929m Height 1,903m Mass (Diesal) = 2717kg .




Typical Vehicle Space Requirements and Weights

VehicleWeightLengthWidthHeightTurning circle
kgmmmm
3,5 tonne van 35005,52,12,613
7,5 tonne van 75006,72,53,214,5
Single Decker Bus 16 26011,62,53,020,0
Refuse Truck 16 2608,02,43,417,0
Axle Tipper 16 2606,42,52,615,0
Axle Tipper 16 2606,42,52,615,0
Van < 16,3 tonnes Tipper 16 2608,12,53,617,5
Skip-Loader 16 2606,52,53,714,0
Fire Engine 16 2607,02,43,415,0
Bendy Bus 17 50018,02,63,123,0



Typical Vehicle Access Dimensions

  1. Minimum garage access 2.15m wide
  2. Minimum domestic drive width 2.5m
  3. Minimum cycle lane width =1.25m (good width 1.5m)
  4. Minimum vehicle lane width=2.75m .(good width 3m)



British Rail Freight Dimensions

The freight dimensions typically range in width of 2.5m to 2.7m and heights over tracks of 3.3m to 3.7m.    The height of the wagons are generally between 1,4 and 1,8m high



The maximum load on a 4 wheel flatwagon is about 66 tonnes

The British Rail Standard Rail Gauge width is the distance between the inner faces of the rails on which the wagon coach wheel run = 4'-8.5" (1.435m)......This is the same dimension as most of Europe and 60% of the world - including the US .. we did have an influence on the world besides our language..

Links related to transportation
  1. Tandemloc... Useful information on ISO container lifting equipment.
  2. Freight on Rail... British Rail Freight information
  3. London Underground Stock... London Underground
  4. Railway Technical Web Pages ...Site providing lots of technical information on Railway Systems
  5. Containerization -wikipedia ...Wikipedia..A lot of very useful info
  6. Container Dimensions and Weights ...German Marine Insurers - Container Handbook



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Last Updated 25/01/2013