railway engineering company assigned to the railway battalion. His job is the same as that of a division engineer
or maintenance-of-way superintendent on a civilian line. He is responsible for and is in charge of all engineering
pertaining to maintenance of way. His assistant is a lieutenant who acts in his absence and is responsible for
emergency stocks of material for the area of the battalion's maintenance responsibility.
The railway engineering company is divided into a company headquarters, a service support platoon, two
track maintenance platoons, a bridges and structures maintenance platoon, and a communications and railway
signal maintenance platoon. Its organization is shown in the chart in figure 5.8. The discussion in the remainder
of the paragraph covers all of these except the company headquarters and the service support platoon.
Figure 5.8. Organization Chart, Railway Engineering Company.
The two track maintenance platoons each have a headquarters section and three maintenance sections.
The platoon leader, a lieutenant, is the track supervisor for an assigned territory in the railway division where he
is responsible for the maintenance of the roadway and tracks. He assigns the working limits of each section,
prescribes the duties, and supervises the work. Each section has a gang foreman, an enlisted man, who directs 18
other enlisted men in