Looking to add an extra bit of operation into my freelanced shortline by staging "breakdowns" which would take a unit temporarily (or permanently...?) out of service and, also, requiring periodic maintenance for all locomotives in the fleet. I know the big Class I railroads go by a 93-day inspection rule but I can't seem to find any information about how this works. Specifically, I would like to know if this applies to all railroads - regionals down to industrials - and, if so, do the requirements become less stringent the smaller the operation? If it does not apply, what is a reasonable maintenance schedule I can model for my locos?
My railroad will run dark on its own track about 90% of the time. A few trains will travel along a portion of the NEC which leads me to believe that the train's power would have to meet stricter regulations in order to "share the road" with Amtrak, CSX and the like. I could see how an industrial switcher that never leaves its home track may not fall under that category but I don't know how it would affect a shortie.
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