AAR Open Top Loading or Closed Car Rule Updates

For Solicitations of Comments for Revision:
In accordance with the requirements of AAR Rule 123, comments are herein solicited and should be sent with any additional attachments to:

Manager-AAR Loading Rules and Damage Prevention
TTCI
P.O. Box 11130
55500 DOT Road
Pueblo, CO 81001

Or send an email.

All comments received within 30 days from the date of the Circular Letter will be considered by the OTLR Committee prior to any action on the implementation of these changes.

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All AAR open top loading and closed car loading standards are available online for free download.

As a courtesy, we are providing the following information to inform our customers about new AAR rule changes. For more information regarding AAR rule updates, please contact Brent Lichty, Senior Engineer - Shipment Quality. 

Implementation of Revisions

June 2019

  • Circular Letter: C-13374
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 11-D, Section 5 - Logs and/or Pulpwood, Unpeeled, Hardwood or Softwood - Bulkhead Flatcars, 50 Ft. Long or Over, Equipped with Steel Side Stakes (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 15, Section 5 - Logs, Unpeeled - Flatcars or Bulkhead Flatcars, Equipped with Permanent Side Stakes (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 18, Section 5 - Poles, other than Treated, 20 Ft. Long or Over - Gondolas (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 19, Section 5 - Poles or Pilings, Round Stock, Untreated, Entirely Treated, Partially Treated, 12 Ft. Long and Over - Gondolas (OTLR)
       
  • Circular Letter: C-13368
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 14, Section 2 - Plate or Slab, 10 Ft long or over, Horizontal - Flatcars or Bulkhead Flatcars, 66 Ft or Less (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 43-S, Section 2 - Logs, Extrusion, Aluminum, 3 In. to 20 In. OD, 8 Ft Long and Over - Bulkhead Flatcars, with Cushioning Devices and Web Tie-Down System (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 88, Section 2 - Iron Ore, Limestone, Coal, Coke, Bulk Minerals and Similar Material - Hopper and Gondolas (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 89, Section 2 - Ferromanganese or Other Ferro Products of Similar Density - Hopper Cars with Dump Doors (OTLR)
  • Circular Letter: C-13367
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 129, Section 2 - Pipe, Steel, Uncoated and Varnish Coated, 4 in. to 10 3/4 In. O.D. - Bulkhead Flatcars (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 147-D, Section 2 - Pipe, Ductile, 3 In. to 64 In. I.D. - Flatcars, Fixed Wood Bearing Pieces and Lading Anchors (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 154-B, Section 2 - Tubing, Steel, Squares, Rectangles, Hollow Structural and Rounds, Over 12 Ft Long, Packaged - Bulkhead Flatcars, with Cushioning Devices (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 267-A, Section 2 - Pipe, Steel, Bare, Coated or Wrapped: 6 5/8 In. to 16 In. O.D., 45 Ft to 65 Ft in Length - Flatcars, 89 Ft. with Cushioning Devices (OTLR)
  • GIS 816: Pallet Grip Stretch Wrap (CCLG Part 1, Section 5.4.3; CCLG Part 6, Section 4.6.3 - NEW)
  • GIS 815: Doorway Protection for Baled Paper and Wood Pulp Products in Boxcars (Cancels GIS 806; CCLG Part 8, Section 8.4 (revised))
  • GIS 814: Bales of Wood Pulp in Boxcars (CCLG Part 8, Section 6.5.1 (revised); Section 6.5.5 (NEW); (Cancels GIS 805)
  • GIS 813: Roll Paperboard in Boxcars with Doorway Stack on Risers and Rubber Mats (Cancels GIS No. 763)
  • GIS 812: 49 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. and 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars Using Horizontal Airbags (CCLG Part 2, Section 8, 50 ft. Cars - 49 in. Diameter Rolls; 60 ft. Cars - 49 in. Diameter Rolls)
  • GIS 811: Plastic Intermediate Bulk Containers with Disposable Inflatable Dunnage Bags - Horen (CCLG Part 7, Section 6.11 - NEW)