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)
7 MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS
From October 1st 2010 signal post and level crossing telephone maintenance is subject to the ROGS requirements on minor railways.
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
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.
Routine maintenance should consist of a visual inspection of the equipment and to ensure that it is clean and dry.
7.3.2 Telephones and Wiring
Telephones should be inspected and tested regularly and cleaned as necessary.
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:
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.
Should the location of the item be on the lineside, the form will be kept with the appropriate safety briefing for the item.
Once the system has become established, the The Maintenance Schedule below will be followed as far as is practicable:
1) Jan/Feb : Norchard Exchange
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.