Army Rail Transportation Units, Oprns [US Army TM 55-20]

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RECORDS AND REPORTS Records and reports are essential in TRS. The transportation railway battalion, as the basic operating unit, reports the following information to group headquarters for relay to logistical planners at all command levels: total tonnages moved, number of empty and loaded cars on hand at midnight, number of serviceable locomotives, delays and interruptions to traffic for the preceding 24 hours, fuel requirements, and operational reports required by higher headquarters and transportation movement control agencies for daily planning.

The platoon headquarters is staffed by a railway machine shop superintendent and a platoon sergeant. The shop section is essentially responsible for repair and fabrication. It is supervised by a section chief and metal-worker foreman and is staffed with metal-worker repairers, tool and die makers, machinists, airbrake repairmen, railcar repairmen, and material storage and handling specialists. (4) The rail supply platoon consists of a platoon headquarters and a storage and issue section. The platoon headquarters consists of a railway supply officer, a platoon sergeant, a clerk-typist, and several material control/ accounting specialists.

The nature and frequency of inspection depend on the age and type of poles and lines and the terrain, weather, and other conditions. Normally, regular inspections can be made from the ground; however, pole-top inspections should be made frequently at points in the line where defects are most likely to develop. Inspection crews are equipped with tools and equipment for making minor repairs and for trimming small branches and vegetation. Unsatisfactory poles, crossarms, and so forth should be replaced.

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