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AAR Circular Letter Summary – February 2020

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Mon, Mar 2, 2020 10:00 AM

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About AAR Circular Letters

Circular letter summaries are produced monthly by Greenbrier’s Regulatory Service team, a division of Greenbrier Management Services Group.

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AAR circular letters provide information of general applicability to the railroad industry, including proposed and final rules, revisions, standards and recommended practices, and calls for comments. These summaries provide the main points of circular letters issued in the prior month, as well as important implementation deadlines.

For access to the complete circular letter, please go to aarcirculars.aar.org. Circular letters are a fee-based service provided by the AAR’s Transportation Technology Center Incorporated (TTCI). You may subscribe online at [email protected] or call 719.584.0538.

 

Call for Comment

C-13508
DRAFT Standard S-9203.V1.1 - Automatic Equipment Identification, is available for review and comment. In support of AAR's MSRP, Section KIII, Office Architecture and Railroad Electronics Messaging
Issued: February 12, 2020
Effective: 30 days for comment

This document specifies requirements for the automatic electronic identification of equipment used in rail transportation, such as railcars, locomotives, intermodal vehicles, and end-of-train devices. This document describes a reflected energy system in which sensing equipment shall decode radio waves reflected by a tag mounted on equipment used in the transportation industry. The reflected radio waves shall indicate the identification code of the equipment as well as other information.

Individuals and organizations who have a company ID may access the document at www.railinc.com. Instructions for those without a company ID, and for submitting a comment, are included in the circular.


C-13509
DRAFT S-9203A.V1.1 - AEI Site-To-Host Consist Report Format, is available for review and comment. In support of AAR's MSRP, KIII, Office Architecture and Railroad Electronics Messaging
Issued: February 12, 2020
Effective: 30 days for comment

This document contains information about the AEI Site-To-Host consist report format developed by cooperating railroads and vendors, otherwise known as the "T-94" format.

Individuals and organizations who have a company ID may access the document at www.railinc.com. Instructions for those without a company ID, and for submitting a comment, are included in the circular.

Notice of Circulars

C-13507
Announcement - Town Hall Meeting on Early Warning System Rewrite & Car Repair Rates
Issued: February 10, 2020
Effective: March 26, 2020

The AAR will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Westin O’Hare (https://www.loewshotels.com/chicago-ohare).

The meeting will include input from non-Class 1 railroads and Running Repair Agents.


Preliminary Agenda:

Early Warning System Rewrite

  • Changing from a Notice Based System to a Car Based System
  • Simplification of Severity Codes
  • Rule 125 Revisions
  • XML Messaging to Replace TRAINII Messaging

Car Repair Rates Update

  • Final Details and Implementation Schedule

Please register with Peggy Kinzey ([email protected]) before March 18, 2020.

 

C-13510
Informational Circular, Changes to CRB Data Exchange – New Allowable Value for Machine Priceable Field
Issued: February 12, 2020
Goal Implementation Date: July 2020

The intent of this Circular Letter is to provide notice of upcoming changes to the “Machine Priceable” field in the Car Repair Billing (CRB) Data Exchange 500-byte file to allow comprehensive error handling with non-AAR pricing. Currently, the Machine Priceable field allows values “Y” – “Yes” and “N” – “No”. The AAR CRB Committee has approved a proposal that would add a third allowable value “H” – “Hybrid” in the Machine Priceable field. The intent of this new value is to perform the same edits as Machine Priceable = Y, but will not require that pricing match that of the AAR Price Master (allowing users to utilize non-AAR pricing). Included in the circular is a complete list of current edits that will be affected with the addition of the “H” value in the Machine Priceable field. Be advised that the error types (mandatory vs. informational) will be unaffected for the edits listed.

Comments or questions may be sent to Miles Lucero ([email protected]). All comments will be passed on to the CRB Committee for consideration.

 

C-13511
Subject: Open Registration for all 2020 AAR M-1003 Basic Auditor, Advanced Auditor and Root Cause Analysis Training Classes
Issued: February 20, 2020
Effective: Full schedule included in circular.

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) has scheduled all the 2020 Basic Auditor, Advanced Auditor and Root Cause Analysis Training classes. New M-1003 2019 revisions and program enhancements have been implemented in the new training materials for both the Basic and Advanced Training classes. Root Cause Analysis training class materials have also been improved. Full class descriptions, links and dates are included in the circular.

C-13512
Correction to the January 1, 2020 Release of the Office Manual - Rule 112
Issued: February 21, 2020
Effective: February 21, 202

After the issuance of the January 1, 2020 Office Manual, it was noted that editorial changes to Rule 112.3 and Rule 112.6 were required. The entirety of the changes are identified in the circular.

This Circular is identified as mandatory in accordance with Field Manual Rule 1.5.b.(11) and must be maintained until the next revision of the Office Manual. The Office Manual will be re-issued, as scheduled on April 1, 2020. Until then, print the attached changed pages and insert into your Office Manual, replacing pages 105-108.

 

Upcoming Event

Southwest Association of Rail Shippers Annual Meeting
March 4-5, 2020
Galveston, Texas

The Greenbrier Companies will be attending the SWARS Annual Meeting! Members of our staff will be in attendance and available to answer any questions you may have about Greenbrier's products and services.

More details about SWARS can be found on their website

Greenbrier’s Regulatory Services Group

Peace of mind for your business.

The Regulatory Services Group, led by James Rader, provides regulatory, engineering, process consulting and advocacy support to the rail car repair industry and the petrochemical rail shipper community.

  • ASNT Level III Subscription Services
  • DOT Compliance Assessments (Corporate and Plant)
  • DOT Hazardous Materials Training (Corporate and Plant)
  • Expert Witness Services in Rail-Related Litigation
  • Federal Government Claims Mitigation (e.g., FRA and PHMSA)
  • Nondestructive Testing Programs
  • Quality Assurance Program Development
  • Regulatory Counsel and Policy Advocacy
  • Railcar Repair Management (Design Review, Drawings, Engineering, and AAR Approval Administration)
  • Tank Car Reliability and Maintenance Programs (49 CFR Subpart F of Part 180)
  • Tank Car Maintenance Data Collection and Reliability Performance Analysis
  • Welding Program Development

For inquiries about these summaries or any of our services, please reach out to: [email protected]

 

About Greenbrier Management Services (GMS)

Greenbrier Management Services (GMS) is North America's most comprehensive railcar management solutions provider. GMS manages over 378,000 railcars and has invested over 20 years in developing technology, processes, and people to provide the best railcar management products and services in the industry. GMS is powered by proprietary software and the best subject matter experts in the railcar business.

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Combined, these two vitally important capabilities are able to deliver world-class solutions to every type of customer, from Class I railroads, lessors, and industrial shippers to financial investors. GMS brings broad expertise to cover nearly any railcar management need that customers may have and its integrated solutions and reporting can be customized for any customer function or management need.