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"DGRC is the only facility of its kind in the Department of Defense (DoD). It is the only organization in DoD that performs all levels of rail maintenance. DGRC currently services 80% of the Army's rail fleet. It is the only facility in DoD that provides overhaul and modification of Non-Tactical Generators. September 28, 1999 was another mark in DGRC history. Again, this mission transferred to a new Command. The US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, Michigan will take command and control effective October 1, 1999. The 39 civilian employees at DGRC remained at the facility located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah."

"The Defense Nontactical Generator and Rail Equipment Center is located at Hill Air Force Base, located 70 miles north of Tooele. This the only rail overhaul facility in the Department of Defense. Locomotives for military services are overhauled at this location, as well as large rail mounted non-tactical generators which are capable of powering small cities. The facility also provides on-site maintenance of Department of Defense locomotives and rolling stock for all services across the nation with its mobile and rail maintenance contract teams"  (Site survey, Tooele Army Depot)


Opened as the Transportation Depot Maintenance Division of the Ogden Arsenal, which was located adjacent to the Army's Hill Field (which itself was opened 1 December 1939). An eight-track brick structure ("Building 1701") was constructed along with a mechanical shop. The facility initially shared Army major railroad maintenance duties with Ft. Holabird, Baltimore, Maryland with each shop handling roughly half of the country.

January 13, 1948
Hill Field was transferred to the new United States Air Force and renamed Hill Air Force Base. The Maintenance Division continued in its role by providing service to both the Army and new Air Force. The Army functions became tenants on the Air Force Base while remaining under Army command and control.

November 1949
Ogden Arsenal subordinated to newly named Tooele Army Depot.

Ogden Arsenal closed; Tooele Army Depot took over direct control of remaining activities, including the rail shop. (note: some sources list 1964 as the transfer year to TEAD)

The Army closes the eastern rail maintenance activity at Ft. Holabird, Baltimore MD, making the Utah operation the sole such facility for the Army/Air Force.

September 1, 1964
The Transportation Maintenance Division was renamed the Rail Equipment Division of the Tooele Army Depot (TEAD).

October 1,1994
The Rail Equipment Division was renamed Defense Non-Tactical Generator and Rail Equipment Center (DGRC).

September 28,1999
DGRC was transferred to US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM, Warren, Michigan)

September 2000
DGRC transferred to Anniston Army Depot


Rick Morgan via email dated May 29, 2011.

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