The DB operates 8,570 motive power units, 16,000 passenger coaches, 280,000 freight wagons and 16,000 service wagons. These vehicles have a replacement-cost value of about 36 billion DM. Some 2.1 billion DM, or 6 per cent of the replacement value, was spent on maintenance in 1978. The article deals with principles of maintenance and explains the maintenance system on the DB. The legislators exercise an indirect influence on the organization of the DB in that they have decreed intervals between vehicle inspections and have laid down general conditions for the system of vehicle maintenance. The essentials of the present system of maintenance on the DB are described. In technology, however, nothing is static, and in the engineers' search for new and better methods this system also is subject to dynamic laws. It is undergoing a process of optimation in which the cost factor is an important criterion.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hestra Verlag

    Holzhofallee 33, Postfach 4244
    6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Frerk, H W
  • Publication Date: 1980-5


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00319990
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 1980 12:00AM