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BRANDT ROAD RAIL CORP. ANNOUNCES DRAMATIC NEW VEHICLE ON TRACK

 BRANDT ROAD RAIL CORP. ANNOUNCES DRAMATIC NEW VEHICLE ON TRACK
 REGINA, Saskatchewan, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brandt Road Rail Power Unit, a unique vehicle designed to run equally well on rail lines and highways, will soon be seen across North America as a result of the formation of a new corporation.
 Brandt Road Rail Corp. (BRR) has a worldwide license to manufacture and distribute this remarkable light-weight locomotive type vehicle. The new corporation was formed as a joint venture of Brandt Industries Ltd. of Regina, a 54-year-old manufacturing company, Garex Consultants International Inc., and the Province of Saskatchewan.
 The prototype for this new type of vehicle was manufactured for Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation in the summer of 1990. It was leased by Southern Rails Cooperative of Rockglen, Saskatchewan, where it has been in regular service since October 1990, hauling short-line grain loads.
 The North American transportation industry has been quick to recognize the potential of this vehicle. BRR has received enquiries from across Canada and from several of the United States.
 BRR's manager, Jim Semple, says the industry is intrigued by the unit's potential.
 What has caught the industry's imagination is the unit's dual role capabilities, its power, and the ease with which it can be converted from rail use to road use and back again. The unit can easily pull 15 fully loaded, or 30 empty, 100-ton grain hopper cars at speeds as high as 25 mph on a level grade and then, in less than four minutes, be converted to highway use where it can travel at 60 mph.
 "In addition," Semple points out, "the road rail power unit is substantially cheaper to own and operate than a standard locomotive, making it extremely attractive for a variety of users."
 The unit is built around a highway semi-tractor chassis and engine, which means any semi-tractor dealer can provide maintenance at normal truck rates on all drive train and chassis components.
 But while low capital and operating costs make this type of vehicle particularly attractive to shortline railroad operators, BRR intends to target other markets.
 "We originally developed the unit with certain markets in mind," says Semple, "but as word gets out, we are constantly being approached by potential purchasers who can see uses we had never envisioned. For example, lately we've been getting enquiries from people who want to use it as a yard engine, while others are interested in it for rail maintenance functions."
 Semple also says that transportation companies are interested in the unit as an alternative to standard locomotives for pulling trains of intermodal intercity trailers.
 "The possibilities that people see constantly amaze us," he adds. "The power unit has certainly caught the industry's fancy."
 A second fully operational model is being built for demonstrations at transportation industry trade shows throughout the United States and Canada. Semple says production of subsequent vehicles will begin this summer.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Semple of Brandt Road Rail Corp., 306-791-7558/ CO: Brandt Road Rail Corp. ST: Saskatchewan IN: SU:


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