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 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Conrail Inc. (NYSE: CRR) has expanded the freight car repair and manufacturing services of its Hollidaysburg Car Shop to external customers. Located near Altoona, Pa., the shop's full-service capability was previously used exclusively to build and repair Conrail's rolling stock.
 "As we discovered when we entered the insourcing business for locomotives at our Juniata shop in Altoona, there is a great need in today's rail industry for this high-volume, high-quality kind of service," said John Nussrallah, Conrail's vice president and chief mechanical officer. "Since the talented workforce, top-rated equipment and technology are already in place at Hollidaysburg, it makes good business sense for Conrail to offer our complete rail car refurbishing and manufacturing services to other rail car owners, lessors, and brokers."
 Because of the on-site component facilities and equipment at Hollidaysburg, as well as the experienced workforce, Conrail offers comprehensive service programs that are tied directly to the needs of the customer. The Hollidaysburg facility is a certified Association of American Railroad (AAR) car builder and component facility, and has a complete staff of design engineers who are able to work with customers to develop customized cars -- from design through production.
 "The key advantage to using Hollidaysburg is that a large number of cars can be handled quickly," said Don Craine, assistant to general manager-Cars and Conrail's point man in this effort. "Because of the size of the facility, we can turn out up to 50 cars daily, as compared to a smaller repair company, which can only turn out one or two cars in the same period. Our large scale capacity offers tremendous economies to the customer, as well. Moreover, smaller repair shops frequently have to subcontract a portion of a repair job because of their limited in-house capabilities."
 Craine, a former general superintendent of the Hollidaysburg shop, said that other advantages are Conrail's ability to offer competitive car leasing programs, and lower transportation and delivery costs because of Conrail's extensive transportation network.
 Built in 1955 by the Pennsylvania Railroad (a Conrail predecessor), the Hollidaysburg Car Shop is the largest and, as a result of continual upgrading, most sophisticated rail car repair facility in the country. The main building, which is approximately 700,000 square feet, is more than one-half mile long and contains four tracks. In addition there are adjacent component shops and reclamation areas.
 Conrail's Insourcing Program was launched in 1990 to better utilize the capacity, state-of-the-art equipment, and expertise of the railroad's repair facilities. Under the direction of Frank D. Abate, general manager of Insourcing, the program, which initially involved Conrail's Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, has increased its revenue contribution from $1.5 million in its first year to $46 million in the following three years of operation.
 Conrail operates a rail-freight transportation network in 14 Northeastern and Midwestern states, the District of Columbia and the Province of Quebec.
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 /CONTACT: Andrea L. Just or Richard W. Husband of Conrail, 215-209-4594/

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