a. Before-operation service is performed by the equipment
operators and users to find out if the locomotive and rail cars are
ready for use and if there have been any changes since the last
after-operation service. This may include no more than an inspection
to insure that the equipment is ready to do its job; however, it
should never be neglected.
b. During-operation service consists of noting any unusual or
unsatisfactory performance of equipment or components during their
If any deficiencies are detected in a locomotive, they should
be investigated, corrected if authorized, and then reported to the
proper mechanics upon return from the road.
c. After-operation service prepares the equipment to do its
next job without unnecessary delay. Most of this service consists of
inspecting a locomotive and rail cars to detect deficiencies that may
be corrected before they develop into more serious problems.
DIRECT SUPPORT MAINTENANCE
The transportation railway equipment maintenance company of the
transportation battalion has two platoons that are responsible for
the direct support maintenance of locomotives and cars.
repair platoon is responsible for maintenance, repair, and inspection
It performs light car repairs and inspects cars passing
over the division for defects.
On rolling stock, direct support
repairing trucks, and changing defective wheels. The diesel-electric
locomotive repair platoon is responsible for maintenance and running
repairs to locomotives, cranes, and similar equipment.
maintenance includes repairing end items and replacing unserviceable
parts, subassemblies, and assemblies--wheels and journals, for
Four railway service teams may be attached to the battalion to
perform direct support maintenance on locomotives and rolling stock.
They are the ambulance train maintenance detachment, the diesel-
electric locomotive maintenance crew, the railway car repair crew,
and the railway workshop mobile detachment.
The ambulance train
maintenance detachment augments the railway car repair crew when
required to perform direct support maintenance on ambulance trains.
This team provides refrigeration and supply specialists necessary for
this support. The diesel-electric locomotive maintenance crew may
be assigned to a railway battalion to perform direct support
maintenance on locomotives and cars at a small terminal or