Maintenance of Railway Telecoms Equipment

The maintenance of the DFR telephone equipment will be based upon the following principles listed in the IRSE Guidelines for Minor Railways (Jan 2011)


From October 1st 2010 signal post and level crossing telephone maintenance is subject to the ROGS requirements on minor railways.

7.1 Details

To ensure that telephones are operational, clean and visible.

7.2 Maintenance Standards

The frequency of maintenance will be different for each railway, based on the following factors, this list is not exhaustive;

Usage of the telephone
Weather and/or exposure to salt spray or other corrosives
Liability to vandalism
Presence of dry or rechargeable batteries
Operational periods of the railway.
Maintenance of telecommunications equipment and telephones is usually reactive, as preventative maintenance often does not produce any improvement in the fault performance of the equipment. However it can be helpful if visible defects such as damaged cables are reported by members of staff working on the railway such as the Permanent Way patrol.

7.3 Maintenance Intervals

An inspection and test should be made before running commences if there is a seasonal break and thereafter at regular intervals in accordance with a documented maintenance plan. It is important that dry and rechargeable batteries at the lineside are tested regularly according to the type and usage and all telephones are tested before any running commences for the oncoming season.

7.3.1 Equipment

Routine maintenance should consist of a visual inspection of the equipment and to ensure that it is clean and dry.
Battery condition should be similarly inspected and the manufacturer's recommended routines adhered to.
A functional test as necessary.

7.3.2 Telephones and Wiring

Telephones should be inspected and tested regularly and cleaned as necessary.
Replace the telephone for later rectification if faulty.
Replace or refix faulty or loose cables.

7.4 Maintenance Records

It is recommended that every test or replacement is recorded in a logbook, record card or database. Generally the following items are recorded:
Date of the test
Who undertook the test
Condition of the equipment, including batteries if fitted.
Who made the test
What was replaced

7.41 Development of Maintenance Plan

The use of the detailed maintenance records will enable the development of a maintenance plan, which will make the best use of the available staff or volunteers.

The initial plan will be to visit all locations during 2012 and bring all items and records up to date.

The Excel forms below will be used to record the visits.
If action is required or taken, this will be noted in the comments space.
The forms will be kept permanently as a record of the maintenance work undertaken on the railway.

Should the location of the item be on the lineside, the form will be kept with the appropriate safety briefing for the item.

Maintenance Record Forms

Norchard Rack A1 Selectors

Norchard Rack A2 Selectors

Parkend Selectors

Norchard Rack A1 Wipers and Banks

Norchard Rack A2 Wipers and Banks

Parkend Wipers and Banks

Norchard Rack A1 Relays

Norchard Rack A2 Relays

Parkend Relays

Norchard - Power, Ringing, Alarms

Parkend - Power, Ringing, Alarms

Lineside Cabinets


Norchard Signal Box Concentrator

Lydney Signal Box Concentrator

Norchard Main Public Address Equipment

Norchard Station Master's Public Address Equipment

Lydney Junction Public Address Equipment

Clock System

Once the system has become established, the The Maintenance Schedule below will be followed as far as is practicable:

1) Jan/Feb : Norchard Exchange
2) Jan/Feb : Norchard PA and clocks
3) Mar : Parkend Exchange
4) Mar : Parkend on site phones
5) Mar : Norchard on site phones and cabinets
6) Apr : Norchard concentrator and phones
7) Apr : Norchard to Town cabinets and phones
8) May : Lydney Junction concentrator and phones
9) May : Lydney Junction to Town cabinets and phones
10) Jun : Norchard to Parkend cabinets and phones

This arrangement means that all telecoms installations will be inspected and tested during the first six months of the year. Any maintenance work that is too large to be tackled at the time can be undertaken in the second half of the year. The second half of the year can also be used for unscheduled work.

Large maintenance work of a one off type (eg reorganisation of a major cabinet to improve maintenance) will be undertaken separately from this schedule and will be treated as an installation type job.


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This page was last updated on
1st January 2016