AAR - Open Top Loading Circulars

Equivalency Certificate SR 11620

June 2015

AAR Casualty Prevential Circular

Pamphlet 34 Recommended Methods for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Non-Pressure (General Service) and Pressure Tank Cars.

Guideline for Bridge Safety Management

The objective of this Guideline is to provide railway companies with Transport Canada’s (TC) expectations with respect to bridge safety.

Guideline for Culvert Safety Management
January 2012
The objective of this Guideline is to provide railway companies with a guide for the development of their Culvert Safety Management Program (CSMP) in accordance with the Railway Safety Management Systems Regulation (SMS), the Railway Safety Act (RSA), and the Track Safety Rules (TSR).

Equivalency Certificate SR 10805
June 2014
This equivalency certificate authorizes the members of the Railway Association of Canada to handle, offer for transport or transport and authorizes any person to handle, offer for transport or transport, by rail vehicle, dangerous goods that are DIESEL FUEL, Class 3, UN1202, Packing Group III, in a manner that does not comply with subsection 5.14(1) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Guideline on Submitting a Proposed Rule or a Revision to a Rule under the Railway Safety Act

Guideline on Applying for Exemption or Filing of a Notice of Exemption
December 2011
The Group members decided to focus their efforts on improving the existing Guidelines on the Rule-Making Process and the Exemption Process by incorporating the principles suggested by the RSA review panel. These guidelines were developed through the collaborative efforts of the RSA review Rule-Making Process Working Group. The Working Group, consisted of representatives from Transport Canada, the railways, the unions, and the Railway Association of Canada, was formed in 2008 to respond to recommendation #10 of the RSA review, concerning a "process for the formulation and/or adoption of rules, standards and exemptions should be established by regulation.

Fatigue Management Plans: Requirements and Assessment Guidelines
September 2010
Description: This document provides detailed recommendations for developing fatigue management plans, and includes guidelines for assessing the quality of those plans.

No. M-12: Blue Flag Guide for Mechanical Employees (pdf 54kb)
(Effective April 1, 2010)

Canadian Railway Medical Rules Handbook
Revised: April 2013
Description: This handbook was designed to provide Canadian railway companies and medical service providers with the information necessary to implement the Railway Medical Rules for Positions Critical to Safe Railway Operations (Railway Medical Rules and Railway Rules Governing Safety Critical Positions).

Qs & A's on the Conversion of Railway Radio Communication to Narrowband Technology. (pdf 34kb)
Version: June 2009
Description: The following Q&A is designed to address general concerns about the transition to narrowband.

Guide to Railway Charges for Crossing Maintenance and Construction
Version: July 2014
Description: This Guide to Railways Charges for Crossing Maintenance and Construction, formerly known as "Schedule A Directives", is effective as of July 1, 2013. It provides a third-party assessment of rail costs. This guide may be used by Canadian federally-regulated railways when charging for work performed at crossings, crossing warning systems, or for any other crossing-related work either agreed to by the parties or authorized by an order of the Agency. The rates contained in that document are developed from Class I railway accounting data and might not be suitable for regional and shortline railways

No. 13: Recommended Practices for Manual Protection of Highway/Railway Grade Crossings (pdf 378kb)

No. M-2: Centre-Beam Cable Condemning Limits and Replacement Procedures (pdf 821kb)

No. M-3: Steam Locomotive Inspection, Maintenance, and Operating Standard (pdf 1mb)

No. 4: Suggested Overhead Charges on Direct Labour (pdf 7kb)
Description: Suggested Overhead Charges on Direct Labour

No. M-5: Procedures Governing the Application for Authority to Use Privately Owned Specialty Covered Hopper Cars on Canadian Lines (pdf 7kb)

No. 6: Passenger Train Handling - Safety & Emergency Procedures (pdf 37kb)

No. 9: Canadian Radio Frequency Assignment (pdf 8kb)

No. 10: Guidelines for the Submission of Radio Authorization Requests to the Railway Association of Canada (pdf 48kb)

No. DG-1: Instructions for the Safe Handling of Railway Cars Loaded with Dangerous Goods Delayed in Transit on Railway Property (pdf 348kb)

No. DG-2: Instructions for the Safe Transfer Of Dangerous Goods in Bulk on Railway Property (pdf 316kb)

No. DG-3: Recommended Practices for the Handling of Rail Incidents Involving Dangerous Goods (pdf 359kb)

No. DG-4: Guidelines for handling non-compliant cars containing Dangerous Goods (loads and residues) (pdf 46kb)


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