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CONRAIL'S NEW TRANSPORTATION SERVICE NETWORKS SERVE INTERMODAL/AUTO, BULK, GENERAL FREIGHT RAIL SHIPPERS

 PHILADELPHIA, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Consolidated Rail Corporation (NYSE: CRR) (Conrail) has created separately managed transportation service networks to meet the unique demands of moving different types of freight.
 Four distinct networks have been established for Conrail's intermodal/automotive, bulk commodity, general freight, and niche commodity transportation services.
 "Meeting the different needs of different customers over a single route system is complex," said David M. LeVan, senior vice president- Operations. "Our new operating philosophy of intensely managing separate networks for similar types of freight, utilizing computerized decision-making tools, will help us maintain and improve the high- quality service our customers expect, with on-time delivery according to clearly defined schedules, and defect-free handling of shipments, in a cost-effective manner at competitive rates. As we succeed, Conrail will benefit by attracting additional freight volume to the railroad."
 Conrail began to phase in its new operating philosophy last July, by the establishing a transportation service network for intermodal and finished auto shipments. Intermodal is the transport of goods in trailers and containers on specialized rail cars. The auto shipments, between assembly plants or ports and dealer distribution terminals, are handled in multi-level rail cars.
 An improvement implemented through this network changed the handling of shipments of new autos originating at Conrail-served assembly plants and ports. Rather than pushing multi-level cars carrying autos over artificial hills (humps) at classification yards and sorting them with an assist from gravity, the railcars are flat-switched at low, controlled speeds by locomotives, which significantly reduces the possibility of damage.
 In November Conrail established a network to manage general freight service. Commodities handled by this network include auto parts, chemicals, foods, forest products, and manufactured goods.
 The transportation service network for unit trains, which are dedicated to carrying a bulk commodity, such as coal, ore and grain, direct from origin to destination, started in January.
 Niche services, like Conrail's programs for handling "high and wide" oversized freight and stone/aggregate shipments, are also managed as separate transportation service networks.
 With the creation of the transportation service networks, Conrail appointed experienced railroad officials to lead the efforts: Dale A. Schaub, general manager-Intermodal/Multi-Level Operations; Ralph E. Gratz, general manager-General Freight Network; Thomas D. Newhart, general superintendent-Unit Train Network; Robert E. Huffman, general superintendent-Intermodal Operations; and Victor A. Giardini, director- Automotive Terminals. Schaub, Gratz and Newhart report to Gerald N. Corcoran, assistant vice president-Train Operations; Huffman and Giardini report to Schaub.
 Conrail also announced the appointment of Michael G. Peterson, who succeeds Gratz as general manager-Transportation and Customer Service, of Conrail's Albany Division, headquartered in Selkirk, N.Y.
 Schaub, who began his railroad career in 1975 with the Penn Central, a Conrail predecessor, has served in a variety of Operations Department positions, most recently as assistant vice president-Customer Service. He has also served as assistant division general manager and division superintendent at Dearborn. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
 Gratz began his career in 1953 with the New York Central System, also a Conrail predecessor. Before serving as general manager at Selkirk, he had been division and regional general manager at Pittsburgh, among many other positions in the Transportation and Operations departments.
 Before being named to succeed Gratz at Selkirk, Peterson was general manager-Intermodal Service in the Customer Service Department. He began his railroad career with Conrail in 1983 and has also served as assistant general manager at Indianapolis, division superintendent at Harrisburg and Chicago, and division transportation superintendent at Dearborn. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University- Fort Wayne.
 Newhart, who began his railroad career with the Penn Central in 1975, most recently was superintendent-System Operations Bureau. He has also served Conrail as division transportation superintendent at Selkirk and Harrisburg and division superintendent at Altoona. Newhart holds a bachelor of science degree from Penn State.
 Huffman most recently served as division transportation superintendent at Pittsburgh. He began his railroad career in 1972 with Penn Central; and has also served as division transportation superintendent at Indianapolis, assistant division transportation superintendent at Toledo and terminal superintendent at Conway Yard near Pittsburgh.
 Giardini, who joined Penn Central's Transportation Department in 1974, most recently served as superintendent-Intermodal Assets in the Customer Service Department. Prior to that, he has served in a variety of positions in the Marketing & Sales Department's Automotive Group, including director-Finished Vehicles. Giardini holds a bachelor of arts degree from La Salle College and a master of business administration degree from Drexel University.
 Conrail operates a rail freight network in 14 Northeastern and Midwestern states, the District of Columbia, and the Province of Quebec.
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