As of 2020, there were over 23,000 class 1 fleet locomotives in the United States. These form a vital part of the transportation infrastructure of the country. Therefore, regular inspections are required to ensure these locomotives’ proper upkeep and maintenance. In this post, we will discuss Locomotive Inspection Checklist.

  • What do a locomotive inspection checklist generally include?
  • Why are these forms so essential for proper inspection management by railroad companies?
  • How does Fielda help improve the speed and efficiency of these inspections?

What do locomotive inspections include: Typical locomotive inspection checklist list basic information about the vehicle such as the model number, locomotive number, the name of the operator and owner, date of manufacture, etc. It also includes information about the locomotive system – what vehicle is powered by and the horsepower specifications of the engine. Among engine types, they could have Diesel-Electric, Electric, Electric Multiple Unit, Diesel Multiple Unit, etc. Inspectors check vital components like the air brake, consumables, fluid levels, running gear, cabin equipment, mechanical, electrical, radio, safety equipment, and tools. They note observations about any noise or repairs needed and add remarks for service teams to work on if needed. Inspectors also document the cabins, floors, passageways, lights, alarms, heating, AC, speed indicators, horn, etc. They also check equipment at the bottom of the vehicle, including couplers and uncoupling levels, snowplows, jumper cables, and wheels. 

What makes these forms so vital: Whether they are passenger vehicles or suitable carriers, these locomotives require meticulous maintenance to perform optimally. Safety is a crucial concern especially given the size and scale of the locomotive. Repairs not conducted on time can pose serious risks, cause accidents and endanger life and property. Locomotive management is governed by the U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Railroad Administration which outlines critical inspection guidelines for routine checks to ensure the safety and efficiency of locomotive fleets.

How Fielda helps streamline Locomotive Inspection Checklist: Given the scale of operations involved in managing large fleets of locomotives, inspections must be controlled precisely. The vast amount of data collected needs to be processed and acted on to ensure smooth day-to-day operations. Fielda helps locomotive fleet operators effectively schedule inspections, assign inspectors and review action needed through custom workflow management. Inspectors can customize forms as required for flexible and rapid data collection. Management teams can also review reports and inspection data in real-time, enabling them to make crucial decisions with complete operational oversight.   

Configure: Set up workflow routines to suit your organization’s unique inspection protocols

Adapt: Leverage Fielda’s custom locomotive inspection and repair forms for instant digital data collection 

Manage: Enable real-time data review, task assigning, and status tracking for streamlined operations 


About Fielda: Fielda helps companies manage and maintain their assets and gain real-time oversight of all tasks, workflows, and projects to improve operational efficiency, enhance team productivity and impact the bottom line. Whether it’s installations, inspections, repairs, replacement of parts, servicing and maintenance, or routine audits, with Fielda’s mobile data collection, GIS-enabled technology, automated and custom workflows, and analytics, you can eliminate errors, enhance response time, ease workflow bottlenecks, and simplify your field operations.

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