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NORFOLK SOUTHERN FREIGHT CARS TO BE USED IN TRAIN VISIBILITY STUDY

 NORFOLK SOUTHERN FREIGHT CARS TO BE USED IN TRAIN VISIBILITY STUDY
 NORFOLK, Va., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) trains are being used in a year-long study to test the effectiveness of highly reflective tape on a series of its freight cars, the company announced today.
 The reflective sheeting strips measure four inches wide and three feet long and are being applied to the sides of freight cars in alternating strips of white and red. Diamond Grade, the reflective sheeting manufactured by 3M, is being tested on rapid-discharge unit coal trains from Sheffield, Ala., to Wansley, Ga., as well as on single-unit double stack well cars moving on Norfolk Southern intermodal trains.
 Anya Carroll, project engineer for the Railway Safety division of the John A. Volpe National Transportation Center (VNTSC), said, "The purpose of the study is to research retroreflective material to increase conspicuity of rail cars." The tape reflects car headlights, an important factor in train visibility in rural areas without headlights.
 VNTSC, a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation funded by the Federal Railroad Administration, will monitor selected grade crossings on the NS system for one year and compare the accident rates from previous years in order to determine if the reflective sheeting can be effective in reducing collisions.
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 /CONTACT: Robert C. Fort, Assistant Vice President-Public Relations, 804-629-2714, or Don Piedmont, Director-Public Relations, 703-981-5407, Norfolk Southern Corporation/
 (NSC) CO: Norfolk Southern Corporation; John A. Volpe National Transportation
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