TRANS SUBCOURSE 690LOADING, BLOCKING, AND BRACING ON RAIL CARSINTRODUCTIONCargo is blocked and braced to make it as stationary as possible during railshipment. Unrestrained on a flatcar, cargo would be flung off the side on acurve, or pounded to rubble by bouncing, or hurtled forward in a suddenstop. The loading is done according to carefully detailed rules andspecifications of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). The shipperof military freight finds a ready source of information in the AAR's RulesGoverning the Loading of Commodities On Open Top Cars and in the many Armymanuals on the subject. This subcourse introduces you to the regulations,illustrating them with examples of military cargo commonly shipped byflatcar. After studying lesson materials, you should be able to describethe construction of a typical flatcar and to list the loading rules of theAAR having the greatest significance for the military shipper. You shouldalso be able to apply the principles and procedures for shipping militaryvehicles on flatcars.