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To: BNSF Industrial Products and BNSF Agricultural Products Customers

BNSF Private Car Registration

BNSF Railway is announcing the introduction of a new Private Equipment Registration System. This system is being implemented to ensure that all private cars meet railroad safety standards and allow for planning of future infrastructure needs.

The Private Car Registration System will be available effective January 2, 2007. This registration will also serve as the OT-5 authority for those cars which are subject to OT-5.

    All owners/lessees/shippers of private cars will be required to register their private cars by using a newly developed web-based registration system. Registration is required for equipment loading on the BNSF.
      As a condition of registration, BNSF will request basic car information to ensure all cars are in compliance with AAR and BNSF safety and mechanical standards. Registration will not be accepted on any car not meeting these standards and this equipment will not be allowed to move on BNSF property.
        The registration process will allow BNSF to better plan for future capacity expansion and additional resources that may be needed to provide the best possible service to our customers.
      Please see the attached list of Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this new Private Equipment Registration System.
        Your business is important to us. Thank you again for choosing BNSF as your transportation provider.

        MN 11-13_BNSF Private Car Registration FAQs.doc

        If you have any questions, please send an email to