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RAILROADS EXPEDITE RELIEF TO HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS

 RAILROADS EXPEDITE RELIEF TO HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- America's railroads are


providing free transportation of relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Louisiana, and many railroad employees are organizing efforts to collect ice, food, clothing and other high priority items. The collection of relief materials began shortly after Andrew struck the week of Aug. 24.
 "America's railroad companies, which are the freight arteries of this country, have a long history of support to victims of natural disasters," said Ed Harper, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads. In 1989, rail carriers participated in relief efforts in South Carolina after Hurricane Hugo battered Charleston and other areas of the state. Railroads provided free transportation of more than two dozen rail cars of food, supplies and equipment to Hugo victims.
 During the recent disaster, freight railroads operating in the storm-affected regions of Florida and Louisiana escaped major track damage, although some signal operations have been affected and power outages also caused some service disruption.
 CSX Transportation, which has a direct connection to storm- ravaged Homestead, Fla., reported that grade-crossing warning devices and signal systems were damaged or destroyed along the 30 miles of track between Miami and Homestead, but that limited service along the line has been restored. Damage to CSXT signal systems in Dade County was estimated between $1.5 million and $2 million.
 Florida East Coast Railway, which runs from Jacksonville to Miami, Fla., sustained no serious damage in the hurricane. A number of Amtrak passenger trains in southern Florida and Louisiana were disrupted and stopped short of their destinations during the week of Aug. 23. Amtrak operations have returned to normal.
 Railroads operating in Louisiana reported no major damage to their operations.
 A listing of specific relief efforts conducted by railroads follows. For further information on individual railroad operations, contact:
 -- Amtrak, Washington, 202-906-3855
 -- Conrail, Philadelphia, 215-977-4580
 -- CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, Fla., 904-359-1504
 -- Florida East Coast Railway, St. Augustine, Fla., 904-829-3421
 -- Illinois Central, Chicago, 312-819-7491
 -- Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk, Va., 804-629-2714
 -- Southern Pacific Lines, San Francisco, 415-541-1507
 Fact Sheet -- Railroad Relief Efforts
 Hurricane Andrew
 Florida Efforts
 -- A special CSX Transportation (CSXT) relief train -- the first train to operate into Homestead, Fla., since the hurricane struck Aug. 24 -- will arrive this afternoon. The train is carrying 61 rail cars of heavy equipment, including cranes, backhoes, front-end loaders, utility trucks and bulldozers. The equipment was donated by several North Carolina municipalities, utility companies and the state department of transportation. The relief train is also pulling five tank cars donated by A.E. Staley Co. of Decatur, Ill. The tank cars, carrying a total of 87,500 gallons of water, were moved from Danville, Ill. Volunteer train crews, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the United Transportation Union, are operating the train.
 -- CSXT and Norfolk Southern (NS) are cooperating to move several refrigerated boxcars of ice from Harrisonburg, Va., on NS to an interchange point with CSXT at Richmond, Va. CSXT will deliver the ice to Homestead this weekend, and the cars will remain in the area to provide refrigerated storage.
 -- CSX Intermodal has moved several refrigerated truck trailers of ice, originating at multiple points, including Chicago. Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is moving the trailers of ice and bottled drinking water from Jacksonville to Miami.
 -- The Alleghany County, Pa., Disaster Preparedness Agency is assembling equipment including portable sewage treatment facilities, field kitchens, generators, office trailers and other items that will be transported to Florida via Conrail and CSXT.
 -- Norfolk Southern also teamed up with FEC to move a trailer loaded with relief supplies donated by 93 Baptist churches in northern Georgia from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
 -- The same two railroads joined efforts to provide transportation for supplies collected by the Charlotte, N.C., police department for distribution to members of the Miami police department affected by the hurricane.
 Louisiana Efforts
 -- Southern Pacific Lines (SP) is bringing relief to cities in Louisiana. One carload of blankets, bedding, bottled water and non- prescription drugs was moved from Sacramento, Calif., to Houston Aug. 28, then to Lafayette, La., on Aug. 29, to benefit 300 victims in the Lafayette community.
 -- SP is moving two 45-foot trailers filled with canned food and personal hygiene items from Fresno, Calif., to Lafayette, for distribution to victims in New Iberia, La.
 -- SP will transport two refrigerator cars of ice from Houston to Lafayette for New Iberia victims.
 Other Efforts
 -- Amtrak employees are collecting donated goods at several locations to be transported to hurricane victims in Amtrak baggage cars.
 -- Norfolk Southern and Conrail are collaborating to move a trailerload of 40,000 pounds of canned food from Pennsylvania to Mobile, Ala.
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 /CONTACT: Carol B. Perkins of Association of American Railroads, 202-639-2552/ CO: Association of American Railroads ST: District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana IN: TRN SU:


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