The following section contains guidelines and information for the use of privately marked equipment in which BNSF is the origination line-haul carrier.
Private rail equipment must meet the Association of American Railroads' Circular OT-5 for Rules Governing the Assignment of Reporting Marks, Mechanical Designations, and Use. Privately marked equipment must obtain loading authority from the origin line-haul carrier and the equipment must be registered via the OT-5 process that is administered by Railinc. To register, you will need your CIF number, proper UMLER information and the car numbers to be registered. For more information, please visit Railinc's Loading Authority (OT-5) web site.
See the OT-5 Frequently Asked Questions.
The following is not all inclusive however equipment must comply with all of the following key Mechanical Requirements:
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