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CN NORTH AMERICA AND CONRAIL AGREEMENT EXPEDITES TRANSBORDER FREIGHT FLOW

 MONTREAL, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- CN North America and Conrail have announced changed international freight operations to improve customer service and allow both railroads to be more competitive with truckers in the Montreal-New York rail corridor.
 Through freight trains, powered by both CN and Conrail locomotives, now operate between Montreal and Selkirk, near Albany, N.Y., in 19-hours - cutting overall transit time by up to 24-hours.
 Some 90 percent of the traffic moving over the route - 25,000 carloads a year - is southbound. The majority of that business, which will benefit from the service improvements, is newsprint and aluminum being shipped from Quebec to northeastern U.S. markets, said John Guppy, CN North America's senior vice-president, marketing.
 Gordon Kuhn, senior vice-president of marketing and sales for Conrail, said that the railroads will make joint sales calls on both shippers and receivers in a determined effort to grow the business.
 Intermediate switching of both north and southbound traffic will occur at Massena, N.Y. Switching traditionally done at Huntingdon, Quebec, has been eliminated and operating costs reduced.
 Construction last Fall of a new connection between CN and Conrail at Valleyfield will also allow CN to abandon 40 miles of unnecessary track south of Beauharnois, Quebec, subject to regulatory approval. Traffic handled by CN's New England railroad subsidiary, Central Vermont, is not affected by the agreement.
 -0- 2/19/93
 /CONTACT: Roger Cameron of Canadian National, 514-399-6630; or Christine A. Wagner of Conrail, 215-209-4594/


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