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To: BNSF Fly Ash and Cement Customers
08/15/2006

Clean Cars Mean Fewer Injuries

BNSF needs your help. Failure to clean the tops of hopper cars used to transport bulk cement and fly ash may result in hazardous conditions. These products can be spilled on top of the cars during the loading process at a customer’s facilities. When either of these products comes in contact with moisture, they can harden or cake, creating a potential hazard to people and property.


Hardened Cement Powder Caked Fly Ash

For the safety of your employees, our employees and the general public, BNSF asks that you clear the tops of all cars before releasing them to BNSF. Movement of bulk cement and fly ash will be covered by the following Item from BNSF Rule Book 6100.



Item 3251 – Covered Hoppers Unfit for Movement
Due to Residue/Debris on the Exterior of the Car

Upon release of railcars for loading/unloading, the consignor/consignee (as it may be acting through its loader/unloader) has the responsibility to clean lading residue and debris from the exterior of covered hopper cars prior to releasing from their facility. For failure to do so:

1. AT ORIGIN/DESTINATION: If found at the origin or destination after having been removed from the facility or railroad tracks where loaded or unloaded and found to be unsafe for movement due to lading residue and debris on the exterior of the hopper car, the car will be returned to the facility or cleaned by BNSF. The consignor/consignee respectively will be assessed a $500 penalty charge per car found to be unfit for movement plus actual costs incurred by BNSF to remove and dispose of the lading residue and debris. The applicable switch charges as found in BNSF Switch Book 8005-Series will be assessed if the car is returned to the facility or switched to a cleaning track.

2. WHILE IN TRANSIT: A car that is found to be unsafe for movement due to lading residue and debris on exterior of the hopper car will be switched to a cleaning track. The consignor will be assessed a $500 penalty charge per car found to be unfit for movement plus actual costs incurred by BNSF to remove and dispose of the lading residue and debris. The applicable switch charges as found in BNSF Switch Book 8005-Series will be assessed to and from the cleaning track.

3. Assessment and/or payment of any of the foregoing charges will not relieve the consignor or consignee respectively of responsibility for property damage, personal injury or death attributable to the presence of lading residue or debris which it has left on the exterior of railroad cars.

Safety to the public, shippers and BNSF employees is our top priority. Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe operation.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Customer.Notifications@bnsf.com