to augment the battalion's capabilities. The railway car repair crew
may be assigned to a railway battalion to inspect and perform direct
support maintenance on railway cars at points distant from fixed
facilities. As mentioned earlier, this team works with the ambulance
train maintenance detachment in maintaining ambulance trains.
maintenance on diesel-electric locomotives and rolling stock in areas
where static facilities are inadequate or nonexistent.
GENERAL SUPPORT MAINTENANCE
In a theater of operations, general support maintenance is the
responsibility of the diesel-electric locomotive repair company and
the transportation railway car repair company.
Both companies are
normally assigned to the maintenance battalion of a supply and
maintenance command field depot.
They may be attached to a
transportation railway group of TASCOM's transportation command since
no one else but the railway service requires their support.
For locomotives, some examples of general support maintenance
are repairing undercarriages, removing and installing traction
motors, rewinding armatures, repairing electrical control equipment,
and assembling and testing new diesel-electric locomotive units. All
heavy repairs on railway cars, such as stripping and erecting, are
made by the railway car repair company.
It also assembles and
inspects knocked-down equipment brought into the theater.
The four categories of Army maintenance are organizational,
direct support, general support, and depot.
The four categories as
they relate to railway maintenance are the responsibility of various
units. For example, organizational maintenance is done by equipment
users in the operating units. Direct support maintenance is provided
by two platoons of the transportation railway equipment maintenance
Four railway service teams may be attached to the
battalion: the ambulance train maintenance detachment, the diesel-
electric locomotive maintenance crew, the railway car repair crew,
and the railway workshop mobile detachment.
maintenance is performed by the diesel-electric locomotive repair
company and the railway car repair company. In a theater, there is