RECORD COAL VOLUME
SHIPPED AT SANDUSKYCLEVELAND - BP Coal America Inc. and Norfolk Southern Corp. said a record amount of coal was shipped out of Sandusky Harbor on Labor Day weekend.
Nearly 62,000 net tons of low-sulfur steam coal for BP Coal America was loaded at Norfolk & Western Railway's Sandusky coal dock onto one of the largest ships in the Great Lakes, the MV Indiana Harbor.
FORM JOINT VENTURE
PITTSBURGH - Westinghouse Electric Corp. and AEG Aktiengesellschaft have signed a final agreement to combine their transportation businesses. No terms were announced.
The new venture company consists of both AEG Westinghouse Transportation Systems Inc. headquartered in Pittsburgh and AEG Westinghouse Transport- Systeme GmbH headquartered in West Berlin, Magnetic Transit of America Inc. in Los Angeles and Magnetbahn GmbH in Starnberg, West Germany.
The company will design mass transit propulsion and auxiliary power systems, automatic train controls, turnkey mass transit projects and automated people-mover systems. The people-mover projects utilize both the conventional rubber tire systems and the new magnetic levitation technologies.
AEG will hold a controlling interest in the joint venture.
CONRAIL DEDICATES PLANT
TO SPEED VAN DELIVERY
PHILADELPHIA - Conrail dedicated a new automotive terminal in Elkhart, Ind. to speed delivery of Econoline vans from Ford Motor Co.'s Lorain, Ohio, assembly plant to van converters in Elkhart, the Van Capital of the World.
Van converters add special features - such as captain's chairs, carpeting, refrigerators and other items - to the vans, based on customer orders.
Conrail will coordinate the entire transportation package from assembly plant to the van converters, enabling Ford to deal with only one party. This includes forwarding the vans from the new terminal by truck to converters in the Elkhart area.
The six-acre Elkhart facility, which began operation in January, features two unloading tracks, parking spaces for more than 450 vehicles and a comprehensive security system.
CARGO TRAFFIC RISES
BETWEEN CHINA, USSR
URUMQI, China - The Horgus trading port in the Ili city of Xinjiang autonomous region saw an increase in cargo traffic between China and the Soviet Union in the first six months of this year.
Statistics showed that trucks crossing the border during the period reached 5,414, compared with 2,056 in the same period last year.
The import and export volume recorded an increase of 77 percent to 31.94 million Swiss francs, including 14.83 million for imports and 13.5 million for exports. Cargo freight grew by 39 percentto 43,882 tons.