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Destroy locomotives and rolling stock. Capture and/or destroy equipment and supplies. Capture weapons and ammunition. Weapons and ammunition are especially critical items and are primary objectives. They must be either in the hands of using personnel or properly secured at all times. Capture personnel and/or inflict personnel casualties. 3-1 FM 55-20 3-3. DEFENSE MEASURES Military planning includes the possibility of frequent and continuing military actions of special warfare occuring during low-intensity conflict.

D. Switch. This device consists of movable rails which can be positioned to allow cars or trains to move from one track to another. Power-operated switches are usually found in busy terminals, at interlocking plants, and in central traffic control (CTC) installations on the main line. Manually operated switches are normally equipped with locks for safety purposes–a switch usually is opened to the main track and closed to the spur or siding. The position of a switch is indicated by colored panels or blades by day and lights by night.

3) The shop platoon consists of a platoon headquarters and a shop section. The platoon headquarters is staffed by a railway machine shop superintendent and a platoon sergeant. The shop section is essentially responsible for repair and fabrication. It is supervised by a section chief and metal-worker foreman and is staffed with metal-worker repairers, tool and die makers, machinists, airbrake repairmen, railcar repairmen, and material storage and handling specialists. (4) The rail supply platoon consists of a platoon headquarters and a storage and issue section.

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