SHOPS, LIGHT (RUNNING) REPAIRS
Section I. CAR REPAIR PLATOON, TRANSPORTATION RAILWAY
EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE COMPANY, TRANSPORTATION
RAILWAY BATTALION, TOE 55-228
of the car to service means delay in the receipt of the
19-1. Mission and Capabilities
shipment by the consignee.
The mission of the car platoon is to inspect, condition,
Track Facilities. There are a number of
and make running repairs (light repairs) on railway cars.
factors which should receive serious consideration when
This unit is adequate to inspect, condition, and make
planning new, or remodeling old, light freight car repair
running repairs to approximately 800 railway cars per
facilities to provide the most efficient operation
day and to perform running inspections for
approximately 2,0.00 rail- way cars per day. Normally,
The operation of the light repair shop
the TOE for the car platoon, transportation railway
is particularly important. It should be adjacent to a
equipment maintenance company, transportation
classification yard or terminal yard so that bad order
railway battalion, will include only equipment necessary
cars can be placed in the repair yard without delay.
to per- form the above functions. In theaters of
Practically all classification yards have a sizable repair
operations, the TOE equipment may be greatly
track so located that a switch engine can readily place
augmented by facilities and equipment contained in
and remove cars.
existing shops, particularly where damage to car shops
The repair yard should be provided
with through tracks and a switching lead at both ends.
19-2. Planning Factors
With such an arrangement, switching moves are
reduced to a minimum. The size of the repair track
General. The shortage of all types of cars
layout will depend entirely on the number of cars to be
in a theater of operations makes it essential that repair
repaired in 24 hours, the extent of such repairs, the
tracks be designed and equipped to complete such
types of cars, the frequency of switching, and the size of
repairs in the shortest possible time. This is even more
the repair force. A careful study should be made of the
Important on a repair track where an appreciable
maximum number of cars to be repaired at one time to
percentage of the cars handled are loaded. Delay in
determine track standing space required.
Inspection, classification, switching, repairs, and return
Section II. LIGHT FREIGHT CAR (RUNNING) REPAIRS
Replacement, repair, or cleaning of
This section discusses the ideal standards
Renewing brakeshoes, levers, rods, or
for light repairs and facilities. The situation in the
oversea area concerned will dictate the degree to which
these standards can be adopted.
Changing worn or defective wheels,
truck side frames, bolsters, or draft gear.
Light freight car repairs can be considered
as comprising repair, renewal, or overhaul work which
Renewing or repairing ladders, steel
can be completed in 1 to 3 days (usually not exceeding
running boards, platforms, door hinges, latches,
40 hours). Such work includes one or more of the
Replacing journal boxes.