MAJOR RAILROADS PLACE ORDERS WITH BRANDT ROAD RAIL CORP.
REGINA, Saskatchewan, Canada, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest railroad in Canada and one of the largest rail transportation companies in the United States are the newest owners of Brandt Road Rail Power Units. Officials with CN North American (CN) headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and The Burlington-Northern Railroad (BN) based in Fort Worth, Texas recently signed purchase orders with Jim Semple, General Manager of the Brandt Road Rail Corporation (BRR) based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Semple says Burlington-Northern was extremely pleased with the unit after demonstrating it in the southern U.S. "They used it in Texas and Oklahoma for picking up rail ties and kegs of spikes and for distributing ballast (crushed rock) along the rail line", Semple said. CN also intends to use the light-weight power unit primarily for maintenance work on rail lines in western Canada. The unit is built around a highway semi-tractor chassis and engine. It can be converted from a railway power unit into a road vehicle in less than 4 minutes. Unlike a railway locomotive it can be easily serviced by a semi-tractor dealer. "The fact that it costs substantially less than a locomotive to own and operate, makes it a very attractive piece of equipment for any railroad company to own'', Semple points out. Depending on how the unit is equipped, the purchase price can vary from $300,000.00 to $350,000.00 (US). Since selling their first unit to a shorline railroad in Canada, the Brandt Road Rail Corp. has been responding to a barrage of enquiries from all over the world. "We've had quite a number of people calling us about the unit largely from the U.S., but we've also heard from groups in Australia, the Orient and the Middle East", says Semple. Aside from being used for track maintenance work, it can also generate revenue for its owners as a rail yard shunting unit or shortline power unit. It can easily pull fifteen fully loaded, or thirty empty, 100 ton grain hopper cars at speeds as high as 25 MPH (40 KPH) on a level grade. In fact, Semple says some organizations are looking at using the unit to pull intermodal trains of highway truck trailers. "There are 3 different groups interested in purchasing the unit to pull highway semi- trailers equipped with bogie wheel systems," Semple concluded. -0- 8/11/93 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photo available on INS PhotoLink Network/ /CONTACT: Jim Semple, Brandt Road Rail Corporation, 306-525-1314, or fax 306-525-1077/
CO: Brandt Road Rail Corporation ST: Saskatchewan IN: TRN SU:
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