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IMPROVEMENTS IN CONRAIL'S FREIGHT TRAFFIC FLOWS REDUCE OPERATIONS, EMPLOYMENT IN HARRISBURG AREA

 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A reorganization by Conrail (NYSE: CRR) of its freight train operations to reduce unnecessary handling of shipments will change Conrail operations and reduce employment in the Harrisburg area.
 The changes, effective Oct. 4, will eliminate the need to process freight cars not originated by or destined to Harrisburg area customers. As a result, classification operations at Enola Yard will be discontinued along with associated support functions, including car inspection and repair, customer service and clerical operations.
 While the car repair facility at Enola will close, the Enola Diesel Terminal, with 300 employees and one of three basic maintenance and repair facilities for locomotives on Conrail, will remain in operation. Through-train crew reporting points will be transferred from Enola to other locations in the Harrisburg area.
 Local switching service for area customers will continue to be provided at other local yards.
 A total of 198 of Conrail's more than 1,100 area employees will be affected. However, many will have the opportunity to transfer into other positions. Employees can also exercise seniority rights in accordance with their union contracts. Employees will be able to obtain additional job opportunity and personnel information by telephone and at informational meetings to be held this week at convenient locations.
 Conrail will retain its strong presence in the area, including its Harrisburg Division. The division, one of six on the Conrail system, has its headquarters at 2605 Interstate Drive in Harrisburg's Commerce Park. It controls train operations and service throughout central Pennsylvania north to Buffalo, N.Y., and south to Washington, D.C.
 Harrisburg remains a hub for rail intermodal service for the Mid-Atlantic area with two major facilities. At Conrail's Harrisburg Intermodal Terminal, located at Lucknow Yard in Harrisburg, trailers and containers are transferred between railcars and trucks for Conrail customers. A new terminal was established this summer at Rutherford Yard in Harrisburg for Triple Crown Services, an intermodal joint venture of Conrail and Norfolk Southern Corp.
 Also at Lucknow, Conrail operates a rail cropping and welding plant where used rail is recycled for installation throughout the Conrail system. Yards continuing to provide service for Harrisburg area customers include Lucknow, Reily Street in Harrisburg, Rutherford, Shiremanstown, and Steelton.
 Conrail operates a rail freight transportation network in 14 Northeastern and Midwestern states, the District of Columbia, and the Province of Quebec.
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 /CONTACT: Andrea L. Just or Robert L. Libkind of Conrail, 215-209-4594/
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