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MORRISON KNUDSEN DEBUTS FIRST LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS LOCOMOTIVE

 BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Morrison Knudsen Corp. (MK) (NYSE: MRN) marked its entry into the original equipment manufacturer marketplace today with the debut of the first-ever locomotive fueled only by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the company announced.
 The MK1200G, a "switching" locomotive used in rail yards, was built by Morrison Knudsen in partnership with Caterpillar Inc., which manufactured the engine. The first two MK1200Gs have been leased by Union Pacific Railroad and will be tested in rail yard switching operations in Los Angeles.
 William J. Agee, MK chairman and chief executive officer, presented the ignition key of the first LNG switcher to Union Pacific in a ceremony in Boise attended by Federal Railroad Administrator Jolene M. Molitoris, Idaho Governor Cecil D. Andrus and Idaho Congressman Larry LaRocco.
 Heralding the event as additional proof of a "rail renaissance" in America, Agee said, "This is an exciting day for Morrison Knudsen, the transportation industry and our country. We are creating manufacturing jobs, not losing them overseas. We are replacing foreign-produced diesel fuel with clean-burning American gas and we are proving that railroads are a vital link in the future of our nation's transportation system." Agee added, "I am proud that MK is a leader in this renaissance."
 Federal Railroad Administrator Molitoris said the locomotive introduction is an important step in creating the transportation industry of the future. "We know that investing in new rail technologies can boost our economy and help our environment at the same time," said Molitoris. "I am encouraged to see private industries build partnerships and focus new technologies on environmental benefits along with other critical factors."
 Morrison Knudsen and Caterpillar agreed in March 1992 to manufacture the MK1200G. "The alliance is part of the division's far-reaching strategic plan to serve the strong demand for diesel locomotive engines while simultaneously becoming a leader in the development of alternative fuel technologies," said Caterpillar Engine Division Vice President Richard L. Thompson. He added that this first-of-a-kind locomotive represents "a huge step forward for natural gas engines."
 Innovations and features of the 1,200-horsepower unit include an advanced LNG mono-fuel management system consisting of cryogenic tanks, process piping, vaporizer and controls, and the MK-LOC, a state-of-the-art microprocessor-based locomotive control system, designed and developed by MK. It also features a modern, high- visibility cab design incorporating many human engineering and safety improvements.
 Morrison Knudsen Corp. serves the world's transportation, environmental, construction, industrial and power markets as an engineer, contractor and manufacturer, offering complete development, operations and financial services.
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 /CONTACT: Brent Brandon of Morrison Knudsen, 208-386-5387/
 (MRN) CO: Morrison Knudsen Corp.; Caterpillar Inc.; Union Pacific Railroad ST: Idaho IN: TRN SU: PDT


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