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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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

August 2019

  • Circular Letter: C-13393 
    • Implementation of Revision to General Rule 21 - Section 1 - GR 21.7.9 of the AAR Open Top Loading Rules Manual (OTLR)
       
  • Circular Letter: C-13392
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 25, Section 5 - Poles or Pilings, Untreated or Treated, with 1 1/4 In. x .044 In. High Tension Bands, Single or Double Piles - Bulkhead Flatcars, 50 Ft. Long or Over, with Cushioning Devices (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 27, Section 5 - Poles, Treated and Untreated, 35 Ft. and Longer, 62 Ft. and 70 Ft. Bulkhead Flatcars Equipped with a Minimum of Three Winches for 4 In. Polyester Web Straps and Six Pair of Steel Side Stakes (OTLR)
       
  • Circular Letter: C-13391
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 35, Section 5 - Panel Products, Uncoated, 6 Ft. Long and Over - Bulkhead Flats (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 37, Section 5 - Panel Products, Packaged 6 Ft. Long or Over, 40 In. Highr or Less - Center A-Frame Flatcars , with Cable Tie Downs (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 101-A, Section 5 - Gypsum Wallboard, Packages 8 Ft. Long or Over - Center A-Frame Flatcars, with Cable Tie Downs and Cushioned Underframe (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 101-B, Section 5 - Gypsum Wallboard, Packaged, Nominal Width 4 Ft., Uniform Length Package, Lengthwise or Crosswise, With Lumber or Pneumatic Dunnage Bag for Packout - Bulkhead Flatcars (OTLR)
    • Implementation of Revisions to Figure 112-A, Section 5 - Engineered-Wood Products, LVL, PSL and LSL Structural Beams and I-Joists, Packaged, 8 Ft. Long and Over - Bulkhead Flatcars, 48 Ft. and Over (OTLR)
  • Circular Letter: C-13389 
    • Solicitation of Comments: Revisions to Circular 42, General Rules Covering Loading of Carload Shipments of Commodities in Closed Cars (DP&FC)
    • Comments from interested parties are herewith solicited under the provisions of AAR Standard S-050. Please submit comments or questions to Kelsey Even, Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Committee Manager, at TTCI via email at dpls@aar.com.

July 2019

  • GIB No. 9: Product Performance Profile for Pneumatic Dunnage (Cancels G.I.B. No. 9 Issued December 2017)
  • GIS 821: 58 in. Diameter Paper Rolls T-Loaded in 60 ft. Boxcars with 16 ft. Wide Double Plug Doors Using Lengthwise Filler Panels (CCLG Part 2, Section 6.6.16.1.7 (T-Loading); 8.3.6.8 (Pattern); 5.7.12.1 (Risers)) (Revised; Cancels GIS 802)
  • GIS 820: 54 in. Diameter Roll Paper in 50 ft. Cushioned Boxcars with 20 Floor-Spots (CCLG Part2, Section 8; 50 ft. Cars - 54 in. Diameter Rolls)
  • GIS 819: 48 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. Cushioned Boxcars Using Horizontal Airbags (CCLG Part2, Section 8, 50 ft. Car - 48 in. Diameter Rolls; Cancels GIS 770)
  • GIS 818: 51 in. Diameter Roll Paper Loaded in 50 ft. and 60 ft. Cushioned Boxcars Using Horizontal Airbags (CCLG Part 2, Section 8, 50 ft Car, 60 ft. Car - 51 in. Diameter Rolls)
  • GIS 817: Case Goods Secured with Stopak Blocker D.I.D. Bags (ILG Method F-5 (NEW)

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)