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(4) A work plan of remedial actions to correct deficiencies, including an explanation of why the
proposed actions were chosen over other alternatives.
(5) Cost estimates for each item in the work plan. Each of these items is discussed below. Appendix
C contains an example track rehabilitation report; a similar format would also be used for bridges and
terminal and support facilities. Appendix C presents realistic rehabilitation requirements and illustrates
how track rehabilitation is commonly done. This plan, and particularly the sequential description of work,
should be studied and used as a guide in preparing track rehabilitation plans.
b. Mission Requirements. These are the current and expected future needs for regular traffic, training
exercises, and mobilization, including amount and type of cargo, number and type of railroad cars to be
handled, and terminal and support facilities requirements.
c. Description of Track, Bridges, and Facilities.
(1) This includes a written description of facilities and their condition, along with track maps and
(2) If not previously done, each track, bridge, and turnout should be assigned a unique number (or
other designation). Each track should be marked with standard surveyor's stationing to help determine
work and material quantities (from track lengths) and work locations, and to provide permanent reference
location marks for future track inspections. In general, track stationing should start with 0+00 at the point
of the switch where the track branches from the main track, or for a main track, at the point where
government ownership begins (at the connection with the serving commercial carrier).
d. Deficiencies List and Analysis. This section should include a description of the major deficiencies
found and an explanation of how these conditions interfere with, or prevent, the facilities from effectively
supporting the required mission. As part of this explanation, a comparison of the existing facilities to
recommended design criteria can be useful. Photographs should also be included to help document
e. Work Plan.
(1) The work plan includes a listing of recommended remedial actions for correcting deficiencies,
along with a list of the intended work limits. This section of the rehabilitation plan should also clarify why
these actions were chosen, and where appropriate, what advantages and benefits they have over other
alternatives. For example, when a structural analysis indicates the need for a heavier rail section,
eliminating the lighter rail often allows the installation to standardize with only one or two rail sections,
thus requiring fewer sections to be kept for maintenance requirements and perhaps eliminating a section
for which joint bars (or additional pieces of rail) are hard to find.
(2) If the rehabilitation plan will also serve for final plans and contract specifications, then the work
plan must include all details of work to be done.
(3) Where appropriate, plans should also allow for the elimination of unneeded track, the possibility of
re-using track materials elsewhere within the installation (where traffic and structural requirements are
lower), and the cost-effective sale, transfer (to another installation), or disposal of scrap and salvageable