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To: BNSF Carload Customers
10/27/2009

AAR General Rules Change – Solicitation for Comments

BNSF has been advised that the Association of American Railroads (AAR) is reviewing Rule 5: Distribution of Weight – Crosswise of Car of Circular No. 42-J “General Rules Covering Loading of Carload Shipments of Commodities in Closed Cars” for possible revisions planned for January 1, 2010.

The AAR indicates that the current permissible maximum aggregate vacant crosswise space of 18” in this rule is excessive and potentially unsafe. The Damage Prevention and Freight Claim (DP&FC) Committee is soliciting comments from the industry to determine any effects of reducing the permissible maximum aggregate vacant crosswise space from 18” to 6” in closed cars.

The DP&FC committee is soliciting comments to Gary.Held@Railinc.com. All comments received by Sunday, November 7, 2009, will be considered by the committee prior to final implementation of the change.

For more information, please see the attached AAR Circular.
MN 10-27_AAR Closed Carload Loading rules - AAR_Circ-42J_Sept2009.pdf

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