14 locomotives, 7 train crews and regular freight service across 275 miles of track in 3 divisions that span Virginia
With fourteen locomotives, seven train crews and regular freight service across 275 miles of track in three divisions that span Virginia, the BBRR cannot afford a loss of power. Based at the Staunton Yard in the C&O Flats on the Richmond & Alleghany Division, the mechanical department consists of four mechanical specialists who maintain and ensure the efficiency of the 14 locomotives. The Engine House at the Staunton Yard provides the facilities to repair and store the motive equipment within the Locomotive Shop or on the two additional storage tracks that lead into the yard.
The locomotive maintenance team perform a variety of services such as preventative maintenance, service inspections, engine overhaul, traction motor replacements and electrical upgrades and diagnostics. An electrical testing facility is located within the shop as well as an inspection pit that rests under the repair track that has the capability of holding and storing two engines under roof.
Because of the different locations that are owned and operated by the BBRR, several of the fleet engines are stationed throughout Virginia and require the locomotive maintenance team to respond to service calls as well as perform the necessary maintenance at the site. The department has two mechanical service trucks that allow them to reach the destination and perform the work safely and efficiently. Each service truck is complete with all of the necessary tools and equipment needed to perform all aspects of the mechanical work required. The department capabilities include:
- Electrical overhauls
- Major and minor mechanical and electrical repairs such as:
- Engine components
- Traction motors
- Mechanical components
- Electrical components
- Wheel exchange
- Welding and fabrication