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AAR Circular Letter Summary – November 2019

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Mon, Dec 2, 2019 03:15 PM

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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

CPC-1352
Final Action, Revision to MSRP Section C Part III, M-1002, Specifications for Tank Cars, Chapter 1
Issued: November 5, 2019
Effective: November 5, 2019

The revisions update existing requirements for the retention of radiographic film (Chapter 1, Table T1.19) when used for the manufacture or repair of tank car tanks from “10 years” to “Current qualification interval.” This change is proposed to align Chapter 1 with the requirements of the Canadian TDG referenced in TP-14877 Section 9.8.2. Transport Canada has given guidance that to comply with Section 9.8.2, radiographic film must be retained until the next qualification interval. Refer to CPC-1346 for the entire text of the revisions.

 

CPC-1350
Implementation of Editorial Revisions to MSRP Section C-III, Specification for Tank Cars (M-1002), Appendix B - Certification of Tank Car Facilities and associated Chapter 1 Definitions (Docket T91.2.4)
Issued: November 5, 2019
Effective: January 1, 2020

The following is a summary of the editorial updates:

Appendix B

  • Updated M-1003 Section J references
  • Updated Table B.1 (footnote, reorganize B89 before B90)
  • Added back C9 activity code
  • Updated Table B.4 with Heater Systems to align with service equipment definition
  • Updated Exhibit B-1 and Exhibit B-3a to align with requirements
  • Removed Exhibit B-3 since now that information is covered in online application system
  • Updated Administrative Provisions to align with AAR MSRP Section J (M-1003)
  • This CPC supersede CPC-1347 - administrative provisions now include Change in Location

Chapter 1

  • Removed the term registration from definitions, paragraphs, and table titles
  • Add term Heater System to align with service equipment category in Appendix B

Appendix J, R, L

  • Removed the term registration

Refer to CPC-1338 for the entire text of the revisions.

 

C-13437
Implementation of Revisions to Figure 11-D: Logs and/or Pulpwood, Unpeeled, Hardwood or Softwood on Bulkhead Flatcars, 50 ft. or over, equipped with steel side stakes – Section 5 of the AAR Open Top Loading Rules Manual (OTLR) t
Issued: November 6, 2019 
Effective: November 6, 2019

The AAR's Open Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC) has approved the following revisions to Section 5 OTLR manual to Figure 11-D:

  • Added Detail 'A' sketch for better understanding of Stake pocket, Stake flange and Stake steel tube.
  • Added verbiage at the end of Note # 10. The new note reads, “All outside pieces in a pile must contact side stakes and be protected by two side stakes at all times regardless of load movement."

The implementation of these revisions is effective immediately and will be included in the next edition of the OTLR manual. In the interim, please insert the circular attachment for Figure 11-D in your Section 5 copy and be governed accordingly. Railroads are asked to ensure that copies of this circular letter are distributed to all concerned shippers and railroad personnel for their attention and guidance.

 

C-13436
Implementation of Revisions to Figures 14 and 14-A – Section 2 of the AAR Open Top Loading Rules Manual (OTLR)
Issued: November 6, 2019 
Effective: November 6, 2019

The AAR's Open Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC) has approved the following revisions to Section 2 OTLR manual to Figures 14 and 14-A:

  • LR 3.5.99 – Section 2, Fig. 14: Changed the length of pile in Chart – Item C to '10 ft. or 12 ft.' when No. of clamping pieces = 2 and Height of pile above bearing pieces = 24 in. or less.
  • LR 3.5.100 – Section 2, Fig. 14-A:
  • Added verbiage in the title “PLATE, 20 FT LONG OR OVER, HORIZONTAL, SINGLE LOAD, WITH OR WITHOUT OVERHANG – FLATCARS, 89 FT, WITH CUSHIONING DEVICES."
  • Edited the No. of Pieces Chart in Item F, Clamping Pieces for better understanding.

The implementation of these revisions is effective immediately and will be included in the next edition of the OTLR manual. In the interim, please insert the circular attachments for Figures 14 and 14-A in your Section 2 copy and be governed accordingly. Railroads are asked to ensure that copies of this circular letter are distributed to all concerned shippers and railroad personnel for their attention and guidance.

 

C-13435
Implementation of Revisions to General Rule 1, Inspection and Compliance and General Rule 2, Required Clearances – Section 1 of the AAR Open Top Loading Rules Manual (OTLR)
Issued: November 6, 2019 
Effective: November 6, 2019

The AAR's Open Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC) has approved the following revisions to Section 1 OTLR manual for General Rule 1 and General Rule 2:

  • LR 1.1.12 – Section 1, General Rule 1: Inspection and Compliance: Deleted the paragraph 1.2.17 and added new verbiage in 1.2.27. The rule now reads, “Any protective covering, including gondola cars with removable roofs or hoods, must be adequately secured to prevent it from working loose or becoming a potential operational hazard."
  • LR 1.2.06 – Section 1, General Rule 2: Required Clearances: Re-arranged the different sections – Brake Clearance, Wheel Type and Lever Type and updated the document for clarity.

The implementation of these revisions is effective immediately and will be included in the next edition of the OTLR manual. In the interim, please insert the circular attachments for General Rule 1, Inspection and Compliance and General Rule 2, Required Clearances in your Section 1 copy and be governed accordingly. Railroads are asked to ensure that copies of this circular letter are distributed to all concerned shippers and railroad personnel for their attention and guidance.

 

C-13485
Implementation of Revisions to the Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices (MSRP), Section M, LOCOMOTIVES AND LOCOMOTIVE INTERCHANGE EQUIPMENT: Standard S-5513 – LOCOMOTIVE ALERTER REQUIREMENTS
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: November 25, 2019

The revised AAR standard S-5513 is attached to the circular. The revised S-5513 standard will be reflected in the next issue of Section M. In the interim please insert this circular in your copy of MSRP Section M and be governed accordingly.

 

C-13477
Implementation of a new Specification in MSRP Section D TRUCKS AND TRUCK DETAILS:  M-979 Center Bowl Liner – Requirements for Approval.  Archiving of S-3004, M-976 Appendix A, and Section C RP-261.
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: November 25, 2019

M-979 is intended to be comprehensive for approval of bowl liners for any application, including M-976 Trucks and Intermodal cars. The proposed Specification includes the following tests:

  • Impact Tests (from Section D, S-3004 – Truck Center Plate Liners or Wear Plates)
  • Bolster Turning Moment, the equivalent value from the calculation of coefficient of friction of the liner material (From Section D, M-976 – Truck Performance for Rail Cars, Appendix A – Non-Metallic Center Bowl Liner Approval for M-976 Truck Applications)
  • On track hunting tests if the turning moment is too low (From M-976 Appendix A)
  • Laboratory Abrasion test (from Section C Car Construction Fundamentals and Details, RP-261 – Center Bowl Liner and Lubricant – Double-Stack Container Car)

Specification M-979, 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.

Call for Comment

C-13438
Subject
Issued: November 6, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes include sketches and photos of new void filler dunnage system for better understanding, a description of the LLP dunnage system, as well as addition of items and notes etc. The proposed changes to each section are attached to the circular.

 

C-13434
Solicitation of Comments for Revisions to MSRP Section G, Wheels and Axles, M-107/M-208, and S-669, Wheel Design Evaluation, Shot Peening Coverage, and Wheel Design Approval Process
Issued: November 6, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The purpose of this circular letter is to solicit comments for proposed revisions to MSRP Section G, Wheels and Axles, M-107/M-208, and S-669, update of the freight wheel design analysis to include the analytic evaluation in S-669, update of shot peening surface coverage description from “greater than” to “minimum of,” and update to the wheel design approval process. The proposed addition of the analytic evaluation S-669 to the freight wheel design analysis has a maximum one-year industry cost of $120,000 and 15-year net present cost of $965,000.  These costs are below the thresholds prescribed in AAR Standard S-050. The proposal is attached to the circular.

 

C-13433
Solicitation of Comments for Revisions to MSRP Section G-II, WHEEL AND AXLE MANUAL, RP-633, Axle W Dimension References and Axle K Dimension Update
Issued: November 6, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposal includes a revision to the references for the Axle W dimension, removal of Fig. 4.76 Shop Status Code Explanation, and increase of the K dimension for Class F and Class K axles. The proposed revisions to RP-633 do not have costs associated with implementation. The proposal is attached to the circular.


C-13456
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 61, Body Side Bearings
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Rule 61 are included in the circular.

 

C-13455
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 58, Side Sills
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Rule 58 are included in the circular.

 

C-13451
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 90, Cars and/or Car Parts Prohibited in Interchange
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Rule 90 are included in the circular.

 

C-13450
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Appendix B, Multi-level Maintenance Pools
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Appendix B are included in the circular.

 

C-13449
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rules 4 and 9
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposal revises Field Manual Rule 4 to remove all brake cylinder information and place it into a new Rule 9. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular.

 

C-13448
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 88.C.3, Minimum Requirements
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes refer to the Minimum Mechanical Requirements Chart. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular.

 

C-13447
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field and Office Manuals, Rule 91, Service Interruption
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field and Office Manuals Rule 91 are included in the circular.

 

C-13446
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 112.E.1 and CRB Procedures Manual - Revised November 20, 2019
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

This Circular Letter was originally published on November 8, 2019 addressed to "Members and Private Car Owners-Internet Users Only". The November 20, 2019 revision was published to reflect correct addressees, "All Subscribers". This editorial revision is the sole change from the original release. All comments should be submitted to the AAR by December 8, 2019 (30 days from the original publication date). It is recommended that this information be shared with all Car Repair Billing and IT personnel in your company that work with or are responsible for Car Repair Invoices submitted to and/or received from Railinc's Data Exchange.

 

C-13445
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual Rules 44 and 63, and Office Manual, Rule 112
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Rules 44 and 63 and Office Manual Rule 112 are included in the circular.

 

C-13444
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 89, Conditions Governing Delivery and Acceptance
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed change seeks to identify cars approaching over age status and move cars to desired location prior to aging out. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular.

C-13443
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Removal of Low Usage Job Codes
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

Due to low usage, the Arbitration and Rules Committee approved the following list of Job Codes to be deleted effective January 1, 2020:

Rule Number  

Job Code

Job Code Description

4

1403

E/L PROPORT. VALVE MNTING GASK (O-RING) (GROUP 1)

4

1405

EMPTY LOAD PROPOR VALVE MNTING GASK (GROUP 1)

7

1656

BRK BEAM HGR TYP-24, CAST IRON

64

2572

INSP. & LUB HITCH; SCREW OPERATED TYPE

65

4132

BELT, ENG FAN, GEN DRIVE, EVAP FAN DRIVE

68

4920

CONTAINER PEDESTAL W/LATCH RETRACTABLE

The changes to identified Rules are included in the circular.

 

C-13442
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 112.H.4
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Office Manual Rule 112.H.4.d are included in the circular.

 

C-13441
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 60, Body Center Plates
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Rule 60 are included in the circular.

 

C-13440
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 112.G
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Office Manual Rule 112.G are included in the circular.

 

C-13439
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 90.B.5, Cars and/or Car Parts Prohibited in Interchange
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Rule 90.B.5 are included in the circular.

 

C-13453
Solicitation of Comments for New EHMS Alert, WPDAXLE
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed EHMS Alert, WPDAXLE, supports Field Manual Rule 41.A.1.q. The alert has one alert level:  ATSI Window Open. The WPDAXLE alert brings visibility to cars that have two wheels that do not meet the industry standard wheel profile measurement back to back. The proposed alert will become active on December 11, 2019. Railinc EHMS screenshots are included in the circular.

 

C-13454
Solicitation of Comments for New EHMS Alert, WPDWHEEL
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed EHMS Alert, WPDWHEEL, supports the Field Manual Rule 41.A.1.a, 41.A.1.c, 41.A.1.h, 41.A.1.y. The alert has one alert level: ATSI Window Open. The WPDWHEEL alert will provide visibility to cars that have individual wheels that do not meet the industry standard wheel profile measurements. The proposed alert will become active December 11, 2019. Railinc EHMS screenshots are included in the circular.

 

C-13452
Solicitation of Comments for New EHMS Alert, AEIUMLER
Issued: November 8, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed EHMS Alert, AEIUMLER, supports AAR Field Manual Rule 63.A.3. The AEIUMLER alert has one alert level: ATSI Window Open. The AEIUMLER alert will provide visibility to cars that do not have matching data associated between the AEI Tag read and the Umler Equipment Registry. The proposed alert will become active December 11, 2019. Railinc EHMS screenshots are included in the circular.

 

C-13461
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 37, Roller Bearing Adapters
Issued: November 11, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Rule 37 are attached to the circular.

 

C-13460
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 36, Roller Bearings
Issued: November 11, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Rule 36 are attached to the circular.

 

C-13457
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 8
Issued: November 11, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Rule 8 are included in the circular.

 

C-13458
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 4, DB10-C
Issued: November 11, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Rule 4 DB10-C are included in the circular.

 

C-13459
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 4, DB-10
Issued: November 11, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposed changes to Field Manual Rule 4 DB-10 are included in the circular.

 

C-13468
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rules 16, 17 and 18
Issued: November 12, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposal includes the following:

  • Update and re-arrangement of A.1 and A.2 criteria to better reflect federal regulations and to prioritize when different criteria are to be addressed.
  • Anti-creep requirements were added along with instructions on how to inspect for anti-creep protection and
  • Reporting requirements were added for MD-502 (Broken couplers).
  • Rule 17, trainline support criteria were moved to “At Any Time” and the corresponding corrective actions were moved to Correct Repairs.

The entire text of the proposal is included in the circular.

 

C-13463
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 59, Cushioned Underframe Devices
Issued: November 12, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The entire text of the proposal is included in the circular.

 

C-13463
Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 57, Center Sills
Issued: November 12, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The entire text of the proposal is included in the circular.

 

C-13465
Solicitation of Comments for New Standard S-6200- Machine Vision Detector to be added to MSRP SECTION F-SENSORS
Issued: November 12, 2019
Effective: 30 days for comment

The proposal concerns the identification of conditions of interest using a wayside visual inspection system. The entire text of the proposal is included in the circular.

 

Notice of Circulars

C-13432
Informational Circular, Revisions to CRB Procedures Manual, Error Codes 2E - 2H
Issued: November 1, 2019
Effective: July 1, 2020

At the October 2019 meeting of the Car Repair Billing Committee, a proposal to implement new error codes 2E, 2F, 2G, and 2H was reviewed and approved. These error codes will be implemented as informational edits immediately after the January 2020 Data Exchange run. The goal is for these edits to become mandatory rejects after the July 2020 Data Exchange run. The edits are included in a table, attached to the circular.

 

CPC-1351
Notification to Tank Car Facilities regarding the AAR Online Application System and the M-1002 Appendix B Transition Plan (Docket T91.2.4)
Issued: November 5, 2019
Effective: November 5, 2019

AAR has integrated the AAR M-1002 Tank Car Facility initial certification application process within the existing AAR M-1003 online application system. Facilities seeking M-1002 and M-1003 initial certification must apply through the single online application system at the AAR Quality Assurance Resource Center (https://aar.iirx.net/).

Applications received prior to this CPC will be processed by the AAR as follows:

  • For incomplete or not yet accepted application AAR/TTCI staff will contact the applicant.
  • For complete and accepted applications, the AAR BOE Lead Auditor will contact the facility for scheduling.

Transition Plan:

  • AAR has transitioned from a six-year certification cycle for M-1002 to a three-year certification cycle to align with M-1003. Once the facility is processed in accordance with CPC-1350 the certification expiration dates for M-1002 and M-1003 will align.
  • Prior to scheduling the 2020 M-1002/M-1003 audit, the AAR BOE lead auditor will contact the facility primary point of contact and request the completed Exhibit T-1 form.
  • The tank car facility primary point of contact is responsible for completing the attached Exhibit T-1 Form.
  • Once the AAR BOE lead auditor receives the Exhibit T-1 form, the AAR BOE lead auditor will determine the resources required to witness the technical demonstrations of the certification elements; and then schedule and perform the M-1002/M-1003 audit in accordance with CPC-1350.
  • The 2020 M-1002/M-1003 audit results will be processed through the online system and once finalized the facility will be notified.
  • Existing M-1002/M-1003 certified tank car facilities can only perform the certification elements they are certified to perform. Once transitioned, only then can the facility perform work to those certification elements in accordance with CPC-1350 M-1002 Appendix B.

 

C-13469
Announcing The 2020 AAR M-1003 Quality Assurance Training Classes Have Been Scheduled For Planning Purposes
Issued: November 14, 2019
Effective: N/A

The Basic Auditor and Advanced Auditor training classes and the Root Cause and Corrective Action training class registrations are currently being set up and an AAR Circular Letter will be issued announcing when registration is open for each class. For the Basic Auditor and Advanced Auditor training classes, the training materials have been updated and will also include the new 2019 M-1003 revisions. The complete schedule is included in the circular.

 

C-13476
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 46, Truck System Performance
Issued: November 22, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

The entire text of the revision is included in the circular and includes one new Running Board and a name change. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.


C-13475
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Various Rules
Issued: November 22, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

The Field Manual Rules have been revised to the standard Section A verbiage for the following: Rules 3-8, 10-13, 21, 23, 41, 43, 47, 48, 53, 59, 62, 63, 65, 66, 68, 69, 71-74, 76-79, 81 and 82 . The entire text of the addition(s) are included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13474
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 13
Issued: November 22, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13473
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 6, End Hose Arrangement Performance and Angle Cock Replacement
Issued: November 22, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Rule 6 has been revised to correct Figures 2 and 13. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13472
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 3, Testing of Air Brakes
Issued: November 22, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Rule 3 has been revised. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13471
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 3, Testing of Air Brakes
Issued: November 22, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Rule 3.E has been revised. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.


C-13483
Informational Circular, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 88.C.3, Mechanical Requirements for Acceptance
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Office Manual Rule 88.C.3 has been revised. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13482
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 95, Handling and/or Delivering Line Responsibility
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Field Manual Rule 95.B has been revised. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13481
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 53, Running Boards
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Field Manual Rule 53 has been revised. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13480
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 48, Truck Side Frames, Transoms and Springs Planks
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Field Manual Rule 48 has been revised. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13479
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 75, Miscellaneous Labor
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Field Manual Rule 75 has been revised. See Maintenance Advisory MA-0187 for Inspection of ACF Built Center Flow Hopper Cars for Cracked Side Sills. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13478
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 72, Manufactured Material
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Field Manual Rule 72.F has been revised. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13483
Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual Rules 3 and 4, and Office Manual Rule 88
Issued: November 25, 2019
Effective: January 2020 release of the Field Manual

Field Manual Rule 3 and 4, and Office Manual Rule 88 have been revised. The entire text of the revision is included in the circular. These revisions will be included in the January 2020 release of the Field Manual.

 

C-13486
Open Registration for AAR M-1003 Quality Assurance Auditor & Industry Conference, Basic Auditor, Advanced Auditor, and Root Cause Analysis Training Classes
Issued: November 27, 2019
Effective: November 27, 2019

Registration links are included in the circular.

 

Upcoming Events

Midwest Associate of Rail Shippers 2019 Winter Meeting– Lombard, Illinois 
January 16-17, 2019
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The Greenbrier Companies will be attending the MARS 2019 Winter Meeting, we hope to see you there!

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