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CONRAIL RAISES THE ROOF, AUTOMAKERS SELECT RAIL FOR 11,000 NEW VEHICLE SHIPMENTS FROM BALTIMORE

 PHILADELPHIA, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Consolidated Rail Corporation (NYSE: CRR) (Conrail) "raised the roof" of the railroad, and as a result, domestic and international automakers shifted more than 11,000 new vehicles from truck to rail shipments from Baltimore during the first four months of 1993.
 Conrail's $4.3 million investment increased the vertical clearance to 19'-1" along the tracks between Baltimore and Perryville, Md., allowing the tall multi-level railcars which transport new cars and trucks to travel the route.
 With the clearance work completed late last year, Conrail began transporting imported vehicles from Dundalk Marine Terminal and trucks and vans from General Motors' Baltimore assembly plant.
 For the Dundalk service, which can also handle inbound shipments, Conrail has contracted with Premier Automotive Services, Inc. to provide loading and unloading, shuttling, and related services. Vehicles shipped via Dundalk include Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Toyota, and Range Rover products.
 Most of the General Motors shipments are transported to van converters in the Elkhart, Ind., area. Other General Motors shipments are destined to the Midwest market.
 Conrail embarked on the project prior to receiving any traffic commitments from customers.
 Conrail modified 14 vertical obstructions to ensure that the tall multi-level railcars could operate along the route. Because most of the route is along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, where Conrail provides freight service, work included modifications to Amtrak's Susquehanna River Bridge. The project also included, where needed, increasing clearance under the electric wires from which Amtrak passenger trains draw power. At Perryville, shipments are routed via Conrail's Port Road Branch to Harrisburg and points throughout the Conrail system.
 Conrail operates a rail freight 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 Christine A. Wagner of Conrail, 215-209-4594/
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