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KEY APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED BY CSXT; EARL CURRIE NAMED CHIEF TRANSPORTATION OFFICER

 KEY APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED BY CSXT;
 EARL CURRIE NAMED CHIEF TRANSPORTATION OFFICER
 JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Several key management appointments and realignments were announced today by CSX Transportation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jerry R. Davis.
 Earl J. Currie has been named vice president and chief transportation officer, succeeding Glenn Michael, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Currie, 52, has been vice president-engineering at CSXT since May 1989.
 Thomas P. Schmidt has been appointed vice president-engineering, suceeding Currie. Schmidt, 43, was formerly assistant vice president- operating systems at CSXT.
 A realignment of the management at CSXT's eight operating divisions also was announced by Davis.
 Although there will still be eight divisions, they will report to one of three regional general managers in Jacksonville. The new general managers are:
 Alan F. Crown, 44, formerly manager of the Detroit Division; Robert L. Cart Jr., 43, formerly manager of the Baltimore Division, and Jeff L. Verhaal, 43, formerly assistant to the chief transportation officer.
 Overall responsibility for the eight divisions will be split among the three general managers. Each division will have a superintendent of operations at the present division headquarters locations. In addition to Detroit and Baltimore, the division headquarters remain at Atlanta, Chicago, Corbin, Ky., Florence, S.C., Huntington, W.Va., and Mobile, Ala.
 Prior to joining CSXT in May 1989, Currie was executive vice president-operations for the Soo Line Railroad in Minneapolis. He began his railroad career in summer employment with the Great Northern Railway in St. Paul, Minn., in 1961 and worked his way up the ranks to vice president and general manager of Burlington Northern in Seattle and to senior vice president-maintenance and transportation at Burlington Northern in Overland, Kan., before joining the Soo. Currie earned a B.A. degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and has done graduate work at Yale University.
 Schmidt joined a CSX predecessor, the Chessie System Inc., in 1985 as manager-transportation and from 1987-89 served as chief engineer- maintenance of way. He began his railroad career in 1969 at the former Penn Central Railroad upon graduation from Purdue University in 1969 and later worked for the former Missouri Pacific, the Rock Island and the Delaware & Hudson. Schmidt also earned a law degree from St. Louis University in 1975. In October 1991, following the acquisition of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railway Company, Schmidt was named head of a study and implementation team to integrate the RF&P and CSX rail systems. Schmidt continues to serve as president of the RF&P.
 Crown began his career with a CSX predecessor, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, in 1966 as a yard clerk in Baltimore. He worked his way up to become superintendent of operations in Huntington and assistant general manager of power utilization in Jacksonville before becoming Detroit Division manager. He attended the University of Baltimore.
 Cart also advanced through the ranks with CSX and its predecessors starting in 1967 with the Chesapeake & Ohio. He was superintendent of operations for the Chicago Division before being named division manager at Baltimore. He attended Marshall University in Huntington.
 Verhaal joined CSX in January, 1991 after 18 years with the Union Pacific Railroad. He held numerous operating positions including superintendent of operations and general director. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Utah State University.
 CSX Transportation Inc. and its 36,000 employees provide rail transportation and distribution services over an 18,800 route-mile network in 20 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada. CSXT is a business unit of CSX Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, Va.
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 /CONTACT: Donna W. Rohrer of CSX Transportation, 904-359-1505/ CO: CSX Transportation ST: Florida IN: TRN SU: PER


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