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This notification provides a brief summary of each AAR Circular Letter issued during the prior month. TrinityRail monitors these Circular Letters as they relate to or may impact TrinityRail’s fleet, its customers, its shop network and its manufacturing operations. Circular letters may be viewed in their entirety by accessing the fee-based circular letter library from the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) at https://www.aar.org/publications/.

These Circular Letter – Quick Notes are intended to improve accessibility to the users and are not proof of revision to the AAR, MSRP’s, Office or Field Manuals per M-1003 2.3.5.

C-13672
Subject: Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section S-III, COUPLER & YOKE DETAILS
Date Issued: November 2, 2020
Date Effective: November 2, 2020
Group: Manufacturer
Summary:
The purpose of this circular letter is to notify the industry of revisions to Standards S-102, S-103, S-107, S-154, S-163, & S-164, Standards for E-Type Couplers.

C-13673
Subject: Implementation of Revisions to MSRP Section S-III, COUPLER & YOKE DETAILS
Date Issued: November 2, 2020
Date Effective: November 2, 2020
Group: Manufacturer
Summary:
The purpose of this circular letter is to notify the industry of revisions to S-108, S-109, S-155, S-165, S-170, & S-172, Standards for E/F-Type Couplers.

C-13674
Subject: Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 81, Tank Cars
Date Issued: November 2, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Manufacturer, Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the Equipment Engineering Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 81, was approved.

C-13675
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 4
Date Issued: November 2, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Information
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the Brakes Systems Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 4.E to remove the conditional mark from Empty Load Devises, was approved.

C-13676
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Office Manual, Appendix B
Date Issued: November 3, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee, a proposal as advanced by the Specially Equipped Freight Car Committee to revise Office Manual Appendix B to add Forrm SE-3 was reviewed and approved.

C-13677
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 107 Exhibit IV
Date Issued: November 3, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Information
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee, a proposal to revise Office Manual Rule 107 Exhibit IV to provide clarification based on confusion regarding the per annum percentage for cars was approved.

C-13678
Subject: Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 112.H.4
Date Issued: November 3, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
IMPORTANT NOTE: 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. At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee, a proposal advanced by the Car Repair Billing Committee to revise Office Manual Rule 112.H.4 was approved.

C-13679
Subject: Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 112.E.1
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
IMPORTANT NOTE: 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. At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee, a proposal to revise Office Manual Rule 112.E.1 & the Car Repair Billing Procedures Manual was approved.

C-13680
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 5
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the Brakes Systems Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 5 Job Codes 1165 & 1167 to address situations where no air hose support exists, was reviewed & approved.

C-13681
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 7
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the Brakes Systems Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 7, was approved.

C-13682
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rules 8 and 59
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal to revise Field Manual Rules 8 & 59 to move component tracking from Section E to Section B to align with other component tracking Rules, was reviewed & approved.

C-13683
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 9
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee a proposal as advanced by the Brakes Systems Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 9 to add Condition Code 9 to Job Code 1476, was reviewed and approved.

C-13684
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rules 12 and 13
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal as advanced by the Brakes Systems Committee to revise Field Manual Rules 12 & 13, was approved.

C-13685
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 13
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the Brakes Systems Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 13 to remove the conditional mark from 31000-SR, 31000SR-2, 33000-SR & 33000SR-2, was approved.

C-13686
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rules 16, 17 and 18
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the CSTC Committee to revise Field Manual Rules 16, 17 and 18 was approved.

C-13687
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 17
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee a proposal by the CSTC Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 17 was reviewed & approved.

C-13688
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 22
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the CSTC Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 22 was reviewed & approved.

C-13689
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 36.E
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the WABL Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 36.E, was approved.

C-13690
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 37.B.5
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee a proposal as advanced by the WABL Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 37.B.5 Figure 37.3 to add the new ASF Adapter Plus, was reviewed and approved.

C-13691
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rules 47
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the 9/20 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee multiple proposals by the CSTC Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 47 was approved.

C-13692
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 57, and Field and Office Manuals Appendix A
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee a proposal to revise Field Manual Rule 57.E.3 and Field and Office Manuals Appendix A to create universal definitions of buckle and gouge, was reviewed and approved.

C-13693
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 78
Date Issued: November 4, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting the Arbitration & Rules Committee proposed a revision to Field Manual Rule 78 to clarify material only for Job Code 4550, was approved.

C-13694
Subject: IMPLEMENTED. AAR MSRP, Section K-I Railway Electronics Systems Architecture and Concepts of Operations, Standard S-9074.V1.0
Date Issued: November 5, 2020
Date Effective: November 5, 2020
Group: Locomotive
Summary:
S-9074.V1.0 describes the minimum set of requirements for connecting to the ITC Federated Network & limitations on acceptable traffic. The ITC Federated Network is a secure, private network to be used for the exchange of PTC messages & other applications as detailed in this standard over the ITCM between railroads.

C-13695
Subject: Implementation Circular: Revisions to S-920 AAR Component Identification Bar Code Standard Modifications to Section 17 – Emergency Brake Valve Portion CID Labels and Section 18 – Service Brake Valve Portion CID Labels.
Date Issued: November 5, 2020
Date Effective: November 5, 2020
Group: Manufacturer
Summary:
This implementation circular is being released to the industry of revisions to the AAR’s MSRP Section F – Sensors / Standard S-920 / Sections 17 & 18.

C-13696
Subject: Implementation Circular: Revisions to S-920 AAR Component Identification – Bar Code Standard / Addition of Data Glossary Elements for Side Frames and Bolsters
Date Issued: November 5, 2020
Date Effective: November 5, 2020
Group: Manufacturer
Summary:
This implementation circular is being released to the industry to notify of revisions to the AAR’s MSRP Section F – Sensors, Standard S-920, Appendices B & C.

C-13697
Subject: Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field Manual, Rules 1 & 41, & Office Manual, Rule 41
Date Issued: November 6, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the November 2020 meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal by the WABL Committee to reformat Field Manual Rule 41, & revise Field Manual Rule 1 & Office Manual Rule 41, was approved.

C-13698
Subject: Informational Circular, New CRB Data Exchange Error Codes S1 and U1
Date Issued: November 10, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
IMPORTANT NOTE: 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. At the September 2020 meeting of the Car Repair Billing (CRB) Committee, a proposal to add new Error Codes S1 and U1 to the CRB Data Exchange and CRB Procedures Manual was reviewed and approved.

C-13699
Subject: Implementation; New Figures 105-C & 106-C and Archive Figures 105, 105-A, 106, 106-A, and 106-B from Section 2 of the AAR Open Top Loading Rules Manual
Date Issued: November 12, 2020
Date Effective: November 12, 2020
Group: Shipper
Summary:
The AAR’s OTLR Committee has approved to implement two new figures 105-C & 106-C & archive the figures 105, 105-A, 106, 106-A, & 106-B from Section 2 of the OTLR Manual.

C-13700
Subject: Implementation of Revisions to Figures 14-B, 22-D, and 40-B from Section 2 of the AAR OTLR Manual
Date Issued: November 12, 2020
Date Effective: November 12, 2020
Group: Shipper
Summary:
The AAR’s OTLR Committee has approved the following revisions to Figures 14-B, 22-D, and 40-B from Section 2 of the AAR OTLR Manual.

C-13701
Subject: Implementation of Revised MSRP Section S-III, COUPLER & YOKE DETAILS, 2020
Date Issued: November 12, 2020
Date Effective: November 12, 2020
Group: Manufacturer
Summary:
The AAR Coupling System & Truck Castings Committee is pleased to announce a new edition of the MSRP, Section S-III, COUPLER & YOKE DETAILS.

C-13702
Subject: 2021 Field & Office Manuals of the AAR Interchange Rules – Preorder Now
Date Issued: November 13, 2020
Date Effective: November 13, 2020
Group: Information
Summary:
The 2021 editions of the Field & Office Manuals of the AAR Interchange Rules are scheduled to be available 1/4/21. The manuals will be delivered via ground transportation (paper) or by electronic means starting January 4.

C-13703
Subject: Implementation of New Standard for MSRP Section M – LOCOMOTIVES & LOCOMOTIVE INTERCHANGE EQUIPMENT: Standard S-5516 – LED HEADLIGHTS & AUXILIARY LIGHTING FOR LOCOMOTIVES
Date Issued: November 16, 2020
Date Effective: November 16, 2020
Group: Locomotive
Summary:
The purpose of this Circular is to notify the industry of the implementation of new standard S-5516 – LED HEADLIGHTS & AUXILIARY LIGHTING FOR LOCOMOTIVES.

C-13704
Subject: Implementation of a Revisions to Figure 8-B and Archive Figures 8 and 8-A from Section 2 of the AAR Open Top Loading Rules Manual (OTLR)
Date Issued: November 17, 2020
Date Effective: November 17, 2020
Group: Shipper
Summary:
The AAR’s OTLR Committee has approved to implement the revisions to figure 8-B and archive the figures 8 and 8-A from Section 2 of the AAR OTLR Manual.

C-13705
Subject: Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Field & Office Manuals, Rule 81 & Field Manual Rule 83
Date Issued: November 17, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Manufacturer, Repair Shop
Summary:
At the August 2020 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee a proposal to revise Field and Office Manuals Rule 81 and Field Manual Rule 83 to add component tracking for pressure relief valves, was reviewed and approved.

C-13706
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 120, Damaged Car Information
Date Issued: November 17, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee a proposal advanced to revise Office Manual Rule 120.A.4, was reviewed and approved.

C-13707
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 88.C, Automatic Equipment Identification
Date Issued: November 17, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee a proposal as advanced by the Equipment Engineering Committee to revise Office Manual Rule 88., was reviewed and approved.

C-13708
Subject: Solicitation of Comments, Revisions to Office Manual, Rule 112.G.13
Date Issued: November 18, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the November meeting of the Arbitration & Rules Committee, a proposal to revise Office Manual Rule 112.G.13 was reviewed & approved. The intent is to add clarity regarding which party is responsible for furnishing billing information to the car owner when repairs are performed by a railroad or its running repair agent.

C-13709
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field Manual, Rule 4
Date Issued: November 23, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Repair Shop
Summary:
At the September 2020 meeting of the Arbitration and Rules Committee a proposal as advanced by the Brakes Systems Committee to revise Field Manual Rule 4.A.3.a, was reviewed and approved.

C-13710
Subject: Implementation of Revised MSRP Section M, LOCOMOTIVES AND LOCOMOTIVE INTERCHANGE EQUIPMENT, 2020
Date Issued: November 24, 2020
Date Effective: November 24, 2021
Group: Locomotive
Summary:
The AAR Locomotive Committee is pleased to announce a new revision of MSRP, Section M, LOCOMOTIVES & LOCOMOTIVE INTERCHANGE EQUIPMENT.

C-13711
Subject: Informational Circular, Revisions to Field & Office Manuals, Rule 125, Early Warning – Delayed until April 1, 2021
Date Issued: November 24, 2020
Date Effective: April 1, 2021
Group: Information
Summary:
Circular C-13590, issued 5/22/20, solicited comments on the rewrite of Field & Office Manuals Rule 125 & the Early Warning System. Based on industry feedback, the implementation of these revisions will be delayed until 4/1/2021.

C-13712
Subject: Informational Circular, Editorial Revisions to Field Manual, Various Rules
Date Issued: November 25, 2020
Date Effective: January 1, 2021
Group: Manufacturer, Repair Shop
Summary:
Circular C-13475, issued November 22, 2019, announced revisions to various Field Manual Rules to the standard Section A format. At the September 2020 meeting, the Arbitration & Rules Committee a proposal to revise various Rules to clarify & align with the standard Section A header verbiage was approved.