U.S. Army locomotive engine (courtesy copy)
Army regulation, Federal Railroad Association (FRA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) require annual technical inspections on government-owned locomotives and rail cars.
These inspections are mandatory and qualified representatives from the Defense Non-Tactical Generator and Rail Center (DGRC) conduct at least one every twelve months.
Now listen up! Form FRA F6180-49A, Locomotive Inspection and Repair Record, must be in the locomotive’s cab. But a missing form is a common problem during inspections.
Form FRA F6180-49A (blue card) has two uses:
- Show proof that the locomotive and rail cars comply with regulations.
- Provide a record of maintenance required by the FRA and DOT.
So remember, the original copy of the form stays in the cab of the locomotive. Place it in a protected clear cover.
Another copy of the most updated form is put on file at the user level until the next periodic inspection.
A third copy is kept at DGRC, but only until a new report is made and the old forms are tossed away.
Instructions for properly filling out Form FRA F6180-49A are included on the back of the form. You can also find guidance in DA PAM 750-8, The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS) Users Manual (Aug 05, w/Rev, Sep 11).
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