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BURLINGTON NORTHERN ORDERS ROADRAILER CHASSISRAILERS

 LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Burlington Northern has placed an order for a pilot fleet of ChassisRailer trailers, RoadRailer President Lawrence J. Gross announced today. The ChassisRailer trailer is a RoadRailer container chassis capable of carrying a 48-foot domestic container on both rail and highway. It will operate in standard RoadRailer trains or at the back of a standard train.
 The Burlington Northern order for 25 ChassisRailer trailers is contingent on the successful structural testing of a prototype unit that meets Burlington Northern's requirements. A phase-one prototype is currently undergoing structural testing at the Wabash National Research Center in Lafayette, Ind. The results of these tests will be used to modify the design to reduce weight and cost. The production version of the trailer is expected to be ready for testing in December.
 "The ChassisRailer trailer brings great flexibility to domestic container and RoadRailer operators," Gross said. "ChassisRailer trailers can serve as feeder units to double stack hubs. In addition, they can operate as RoadRailer trailers on those lanes where RoadRailer service is in place and where double stack is not available."
 Wabash National engineers are using new techniques and designs to drastically reduce the tare weight of the chassis. However, even at the reduced weight, the RoadRailer chassis will be capable of running with trains of up to 125 RoadRailer units.
 RoadRailer is a division of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC), which designs, manufactures and markets standard and customized truck trailers and railroad equipment. The company believes that it is among the two largest U.S. manufacturers of truck trailers, the leading manufacturer of both fiberglass reinforced plastic trailers and aluminum plate trailers, and through its RoadRailer Division, the leading manufacturer of bimodal vehicles.
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 /CONTACT: Lawrence J. Gross of RoadRailer, 516-767-2870, or Donald J. Ehrlich of Wabash National, 317-449-5310/
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CO: Wabash National Corporation; Burlington Northern ST: Indiana IN: TRN SU:

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