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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Thursday, September 14, 2006

NS starts safety whistle-stop tour

A special train operated by Norfolk Southern Railway will visit Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio September 18-22 to promote Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response, “TRANSCAER,” a nationwide program to increase understanding of the safe transportation of hazardous materials and the importance of emergency response training and planning.

“The TRANSCAER tour underscores NS’s commitment to the safety of the communities in which we operate,” said Chuck Wehrmeister, Norfolk Southern’s vice president safety and environmental. “The training provides first responders with a unique opportunity to gain important hands-on knowledge about railroad equipment and the transport of hazardous materials by rail.”

The schedule for the 2006 TRANSCAER Whistle-Stop Tour will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as follows:

Sept. 18 – Baltimore (North Point Boulevard and Rolling Mill Road)

Sept. 19 – Harrisburg (McClay Street between Seventh and Cameron)

Sept. 20 – Pittsburgh (2700 Preble Avenue)

Sept. 21 – Columbus (1875 Frebis Avenue)

Sept. 22 – Cincinnati (735 Laidlaw Avenue)

At each location, state and local emergency planning committees, emergency responders and government officials can participate in hands-on drills and training sessions. Railroad training tank cars, specialized emergency response vehicles and over-the-road tank trucks will be on display. More than 150 participants are expected for each stop.

This is the seventh TRANSCAER train Norfolk Southern has sponsored since 1994. More information, including local contacts, tour times and program information, is available at www.transcaer.org.

TRANSCAER members include volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation and distribution industries, and government. TRANSCAER sponsors include the Association of American Railroads, American Chemistry Council, The Chlorine Institute, Chemical Educational Foundation and National Tank Truck Carriers Inc.

UP lays track in Arizona

Union Pacific Railroad is spending $4.9 million this year in Casa Grande, Ariz., constructing two "staging" tracks to support continuing growth in area businesses that transport materials and goods by rail.

The carrier said on Tuesday crews began preparing the site for track construction in July, with construction beginning in August. Each track will be 6,000 feet long and will be able to handle 100 cars per track. The project is scheduled to be completed in December. Fifty-five UP employees will work on the construction project.

These improvements are part of the railroad’s $180 million plan to enhance commercial facilities across its more than 32,400-mile system this year.

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