NORTH AMERICAN RAILROADS CONTINUE TO TRANSPORT GOODS TO FLORIDA AND LOUISIANA
NORTH AMERICAN RAILROADS CONTINUE TO TRANSPORT GOODS TO FLORIDA AND LOUISIANA North American railroads are continuing to provide free transportation of relief supplies donated by charitable organizations to victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Louisiana. Many railroad employees are organizing efforts to collect ice, food, clothing and other high priority items for hurricane victims. An updated listing of specific relief efforts conducted by railroads follows. For further information on individual railroad operations, contact: -- Amtrak, Washington, 202-906-3855 -- Burlington Northern Railroad, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-878-7044 -- Conrail, Philadelphia, 215-977-4594 -- CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, Fla., 904-359-1504 -- Florida East Coast Railway, St. Augustine, Fla., 904-829-3421 -- Illinois Central, Chicago, 312-819-7491 -- Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk, Va., 804-629-2714 -- Soo Line (CP Rail System), Minneapolis, 612-347-8209 -- Southern Pacific Lines, San Francisco, 415-541-1507 -- Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, Neb., 800-544-1869 Railroad Relief Efforts Hurrican Andrew Florida Efforts -- A special CSX Transportation (CSXT) relief train reached Homestead, Fla., on Sept. 2. The train was the first to operate into Homestead since the hurricane struck Aug. 24. The train consisted of 61 rail cars of heavy equipment, including cranes, backhoes, front- end loaders, utility trucks and bulldozers. The equipment was donated by several North Carolina municipalities, utility companies and the state department of transportation. The relief train also included five tank cars, carrying a total of 87,500 gallons of water that were donated by A.E. Staley Co. of Decatur, Ill. Volunteer train crews, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the United Transportation Union, operated the train.
-- CSXT and Norfolk Southern (NS) cooperated to move several refrigerated boxcars of ice from Harrisonburg, Va., on NS to an interchange point with CSXT at Richmond, Va. CSXT will deliver the ice to Homestead this weekend, and the cars will remain in the area to provide refrigerated storage.
-- CSX Intermodal has moved several refrigerated truck trailers of ice originating at multiple points including Chicago. Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is moving the trailers of ice and bottled drinking water from Jacksonville to Miami. -- NS also teamed up with FEC to move a trailer loaded with relief supplies donated by 93 Baptist churches in northern Georgia from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In addition, Soo Line Railroad, part of CP Rail System, has a cooperative routing with NS and FEC to move goods donated by major charities to Miami, free of charge. One trailerload of clothing has been sent, and more goods are expected to be moved from Minnesota's Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago. -- The same two railroads joined efforts to provide transportation for supplies collected by the Charlotte, N.C., police department for distribution to members of the Miami police department affected by the hurricane. -- Southern Pacific Lines (SP) donated the use of an intermodal trailer to transport food and clothing to hurricane victims in Miami. SP has also loaned to CSXT two refrigerator cars to use as cold storage for relief efforts being staged out of the West Palm Beach, Fla., fairgrounds, and will absorb fuel costs to run the refrigeration units. -- SP will haul a boxcar of clothing and household goods donated by the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscon, Ariz. to the Red Cross in Homestead. -- In Chicago, Union Pacific Railroad (UP) is donating a 45-foot trailer, filled with clothing and other goods collected by employees, that will be moved over the highway to Florida. -- In Villa Grove, Ill, a boxcar of non-perishable items collected through the efforts of a UP employee (who is also the mayor) will be moved to Florida by UP via a CSXT connection in Illinois. The mayor is also attempting to coordinate a movement of 630,000 gallons of fresh water from Illinois to Florida, using 60 UP "bulktainer" intermodal containers. -- Bekins moving company in Los Angeles, a UP shipping partner, is shipping 10 trailers loaded with temporary storage units on five railroad flatcars to St. Louis. UP is donating transportation of the flatcars to Florida, with final delivery via CSXT. -- NutriSystems, in Reno, Nev., has arranged to send a trailer of non-perishable foodstuffs in a UP trailer-on-flatcar from Reno to Florida. -- Santa Fe Railway has approved a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide free transportation of ice in refrigerated trailers from Amarillo, Texas, to Miami. FEMA plans on transporting 100,000 pounds of ice per day -- one trailerload -- for approximately 30-days with a possible extension for an additional period. The trailers will move from Santa Fe to Kansas City Southern in New Orleans, then to CSXT and FEC. -- FEC Highway Dispatch, a subsidiary of FEC, has provided transportation to Homestead for a number of 20-foot and 40-foot marine containers donated by steamship companies. The containers will be used as storage. Louisiana Efforts -- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN) employees, working with the Seattle Jaycees, have arranged for transportation of a container full of food and clothing from Seattle to Houston. The container will then be moved from Houston to Lafayette, La., for distribution to Hurricane victims. -- Union Pacific Foundation, representing the operating companies of Union Pacific Corporation, has donated $50,000 to the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist relief efforts. -- Southern Pacific Lines (SP) is bringing relief to cities in Louisiana. One carload of blankets, bedding, bottled water and non-prescription drugs was moved from Good Shepherd Centers in Sacramento, Calif., to Houston Aug. 28, then to Lafayette, on Aug. 29, to benefit victims in the Lafayette community. SP also provided another boxcar in Sacramento for a second shipment of donated goods on Sept. 1. -- SP moved two 45-foot trailers filled with canned food and personal hygiene items donated to St. Anthony's Bread Basket in Fresno, Calif., from Fresno to Lafayette, for distribution to victims in New Iberia, and Franklin, La. A second shipment from St. Anthony's is planned. -- SP employees arranged for the donation of 22 tons of ice that was loaded into a refrigerator car by railroad volunteers and transported from Houston to New Iberia. The refrigerator car will remain in New Iberia for a month for use as cold storage. -- SP moved five trailers of clothing, household goods and canned food collected by the Antique Center of Houston, by flatcar from Houston to Avondale, La. The goods will be trucked into Lafayette. The center has requested six additional trailers. -- SP arranged truck transportation into Morgan City, La., of two trailers filled with ice and water. The trailers were delivered to SP by CSXT. Other Efforts -- Amtrak employees are collecting donated goods at several locations to be transported to hurricane victims in Amtrak baggage cars. -- NS and Conrail collaborated to move a trailerload of 40,000 pounds of canned foods from Pennsylvania to Mobile, Ala. CONTACT: Carol B. Perkins of the Association of American Railroads, 202-639-2552 -0- 9/4/92
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