AAR Circular Letter Summary – March 2018

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Tue, Apr 3, 2018 10:58 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.

 

Implementation Circulars

C-13074
Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section E, BRAKES AND BRAKE EQUIPMENT, Standard S-4010, Slack Adjuster, Tension – Inspection, Testing, Removal, and Application, Figure Update to Include All Slack Adjuster Manufacturers
Issued: March 1, 2018
Effective: March 1, 2018

Editorial changes to Figure 2.1 were made. A note was added below 2.4.2 reminding users to install the slack adjuster per the manufacturer instructions. Standard S-4010 (attached to the circular) is now implemented and effective immediately. This modification will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section E. Please update your library and be governed accordingly.

 

C-13075
Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section C, CAR CONSTRUCTION FUNDAMENTALS AND DETAILS, Standard S-213 Side Door and Door Frames, Boxcar – Plug Type
Issued: March 2, 2018
Effective: March 2, 2018

The EEC determined that the detail on conformance being based on car built dates was not necessary, and it was removed. The compliance date was moved back to March 1, 2018, based on the final release date of this Standard. It should be noted that compliance for doors manufactured after this date will require lifting lug installation on all doors. Standard S-213 (attached to the circular) is now implemented and effective immediately. This modification will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section C. Please update your library and be governed accordingly.

 

C-13078
Revised Implementation Date: Revisions to MSRP Section E, BRAKES AND BRAKE EQUIPMENT, Standard S-4027, Automated Single-Car Test Procedure, Conventional Brake Equipment-Design and Performance Requirements
Issued: March 6, 2018
Effective: January 1, 2019

Due to additional revisions that are underway, the Brake Systems Committee is issuing an extension to the implementation period in circular letter C-12443 and referenced in circular letter C-12777. Software implementation must now be completed by January 1, 2019.

 

C-13079
Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section C, CAR CONSTRUCTION FUNDAMENTALS AND DETAILS, Standard S-2034, Car Builder Certification, Updated Requirements/Definitions for Car Builders, Subcontracting, Subassemblies, and Inspections
Issued: March 9, 2018
Effective: March 9, 2018

Revised Standard S-2034, (attached to the circular), is now implemented and effective immediately. This modification will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section C. Please update your library and be governed accordingly.

 

C-13080
Implementation of New Specification in MSRP Section D: TRUCKS AND TRUCK DETAILS, Specification M-980, Friction Wedge Performance for Railcars, Dynamic Wear Test
Issued: March 10, 2018
Effective: March 10, 2018

Specification M-980, (attached to the circular), is now implemented and effective immediately. This specification will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section D. Please update your library and be governed accordingly.

 

C-13081
Implementation of Editorial Revisions to MSRP Section B, FREIGHT CAR DRAFT COMPONENTS, Unit Condition Indicator requirements for Cushioning Devices, M-921A Sliding Sill, M-921C Reconditioned, M-921H UCI
Issued: March 13, 2018
Effective: March 13, 2018

The revised Specifications M-921A, M-921C, and M-921H, (attached to the circular), are now implemented and effective immediately. These modifications will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section B. Please update your library and be governed accordingly.

 

C-13082
Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section G-II, WHEEL AND AXLE MANUAL, S-659, Wheel Storage, and RP-632, 2 Ton Limit for Wheel Mounting
Issued: March 16, 2018
Effective: March 16, 2018

S-659 and RP-632 (attached to the circular) are now implemented and effective immediately. These modifications will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section G-II. Please update your library and be governed accordingly.

 

C-13083
Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section I, INTERMODAL EQUIPMENT MANUAL, M-933, Addition of Intermodal Trailer and Container Securement Manual
Issued: March 16, 2018
Effective: March 16, 2018

M-933 (attached to the circular) is now implemented and effective immediately. This modification will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section I. Please update your library and be governed accordingly.

 

C-13085
Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section D, TRUCKS AND TRUCK DETAILS, Standard S-3016, Spring—Groups for Free, Unrestricted Interchange for 286,000 GRL Cars (M-976 and S-286 Approved Trucks), Updates to Table 1.1
Issued: March 29, 2018
Effective: March 29, 2018

Standard S-3016 (attached to the circular) is now implemented and effective immediately. This modification will be incorporated in the next issue of the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices, Section D. Please update your library and be governed accordingly.

 

Solicitation of Comments Circulars

C-13076
Solicitation of Comments for Revisions to MSRP Section C, CARCONSTRUCTION FUNDAMENTALS AND DETAILS, Standard S-2044, Safety Appliance
Issued: March 2, 2018
Effective: 30 days for comments

The AAR Safety Appliance Task Force is proposing two new appendices to Standard S-2044: Appendix E3, “Safety Appliances for Tank Cars with Side Ladders and Low Side-Mounted Hand Brakes” and Appendix E4, “Safety Appliances for Tank Cars with End Ladders and Low Side-Mounted Hand Brakes.” In the proposed appendices, the hand brake would be mounted on the side of the tank car and can be operated from the ground or from the sill step. The proposed application is similar to that of Appendix D2 for well and spine cars with side-mounted hand brakes. Existing Appendices E1 and E2 for tank cars with hand brakes mounted on the end of the car would remain in effect. The proposal is attached to the circular.

 

C-13077
Solicitation of Comments for Revisions to MSRP Section D, TRUCKS AND TRUCK DETAILS, Specification M-976 Truck Performance for Rail Cars. Addition of Traction Ratio Test
Issued: March 6, 2018
Effective: 30 days for comments

The curve and tangent rolling resistance test in paragraph 4.1.2.2 of M-976 has been replaced with a new test method, the “traction ratio” test. Changes are highlighted with change bars in the draft of M‐976 (attached to the circular).

 

Notice Circulars

C-13084
Car Repair Facility Labor Rate - Effective April 1, 2018
Issued: March 29, 2018
Effective: April 1, 2018

The Car Repair Facility Labor Rate, effective April 1, 2018 is $136.35, an increase of 7.1 percent ($9.06) The Car Repair Facility Labor Rate, effective April 1, 2018 is $136.35, an increase of 7.1 percent ($9.06).

 
 

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