NORFOLK SOUTHERN SEEKS
NOD ON WORKERS' PLANNORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Southern Corp.'s newest voluntary separation program features a one-time special compensation package for some train and engine service employees of its railroad subsidiaries who entered service prior to Nov. 1, 1985.
If approved, train service employees (conductors and trainmen/switchmen), will receive $40,000 while active engine service employees (engineers and firemen) would get $50,000.
For those who are over age 55 by Dec. 31, 1988, the program also will provide some medical care coverage and a $10,000 death benefit.
This program is similar to the ones conducted for train and engine service employees earlier this year but is limited to specified seniority districts.
The new program becomes effective Dec. 1 and all applications are due by Dec. 8.
SPT BUYING FLATCARS
FOR LUMBER TRANSPORT
SAN FRANCISCO - Southern Pacific Transportation Co. is acquiring 150 second-generation center-beam flatcars for about $7.2 million. SPT will use the cars to transport lumber for the Pacific Northwest.
The railcars weigh less than regular bulkhead flatcars and because of the center-beam, can carry heavier loads, SPT said. The 73-foot-long, 100-ton cars will be delivered to SPT in Portland, Ore.
SPT acquired 300 60-foot-long versions of the cars in 1986, which it uses to haul lumber from Oregon to California and Arizona.
BN PLANS TO PURCHASE
200 GM LOCOMOTIVES
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Burlington Northern Railroad said it is buying 200 SD60 high-horsepower locomotives from the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corp. over the next four to six years.
The 3,800 horsepower locomotives will be placed in coal service replacing an aging fleet of locomotives acquired in the early 1970s.
Fifty of the locos will be delivered during the 1989 fourth quarter with another 50 scheduled for delivery in 1991. The deal also means BN can take delivery of another 100 locomotives in the 1990s.
BN is also acquiring 250 low-horsepower locomotives from Morrison-Knudsen Co. and General Motors. The first 50 of those are due in early 1989, with delivery of the remaining units based on a sliding quality scale of the initial units, BN said.
8 RIGS COLLIDE IN FOG
ON CALIF. HIGHWAY 99
TULARE, Calif. - Eight truck and trailer rigs and several cars collided in the fog along Highway 99 in Tulare County shortly after dawn Tuesday.
California Highway Patrolman Tom Duncan said one of the big rigs was carrying 72,000 pounds of flammable liquid, which reportedly was leaking.
Mr. Duncan said there were some major injuries in the 7 a.m. accident, and the highway's northbound lanes were closed just south of Tulare.