Section VI. PREPARATION FOR STORAGE OR SHIPMENT
4-51. STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS
These instructions provide the minimum requirements for interim storage of the
Storage of Locomotives.
Locomotives authorized under the provisions DOD 4140.50-R, Management and Standards of DOD
Locomotives, may be placed in storage when there is no immediate requirement for the equipment, but
must be retained for contingency or other valid reasons.
Consideration will be given to retaining the locomotive in active service through a rotation program with
assigned locomotives in operation at the installation to which the unit is assigned.
The high acquisition cost, the long procurement cycle, the transportation cost incurred in the movement or
reassignment, and the time frame required to secure a locomotive or replacement are factors to be
considered in determining whether a locomotive should be retained in storage or declared excess.
Locomotives placed in storage shall be processed in accordance with the applicable regulations of the
DOD component owning the locomotive.
The Department of the Army Technical Bulletin (TB) 740-97-5, Preservation of Railroad Equipment for
Storage, may be used instead of service regulations.
Storage Locations. The following factors shall be weighed in determining storage locations for locomotives:
Strategic location in relation to mobilization or emergency requirements
Availability of rail track age
Resource availability for dynamic dehumidification (cocooning) and
enclosed storage facilities
Access to major trunk lines
Storage at User Installations.
Administrative storage, where the user installation places the locomotive in a limited care and preservation
status in accordance with applicable technical manuals for short periods of time, is authorized.
The allowable time that a locomotive may remain in administrative storage will vary with the storage