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USA: Westinghouse Air Brake Company Awarded Contract to Develop Positive Train Control Prototype

Westinghouse : Friday December 11, 1998

Westinghouse Air Brake Company (NYSE: WAB - WABCO) announced today that its Railway Electronics Division has been awarded a contract by Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC - news) to develop a prototype of the Positive Train Control (PTC) On-Board Platform for a joint program between Norfolk Southern, Conrail and CSX (NYSE: CSX - news). Positive Train Control (PTC) is part of the industry's goals to enhance anti-collision efforts and to further improve effective capacity throughout. This prototype will be used to verify the design for an on-board safety system platform for locomotives. The Railway Electronics Division developed the original specifications for this type of system under a previous contract with Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail). WABCO was one of two suppliers awarded a contract for the development of these prototypes.

WABCO Chairman and CEO William E. Kassling stated: "This order represents great potential for WABCO and the railroad industry. It is a significant step in the development of PTC systems. We are pleased to be a part of this program and view this as a substantial opportunity for our designs to be included as industry standards. We believe this new technology and the resulting safety systems will become critical components of the locomotive equipment. These systems will use state of the art technology to enhance the safety and reliability of the railroads. We have been working on these designs for some time and believe that this is another example of the innovations of the Railway Electronics Division."

The program includes testing of the design specifications, interoperability testing with other suppliers of such a prototype and actual field testing of the design. The program is scheduled to last for five months, with funding for this activity coming from Norfolk Southern, Conrail, CSX and the Federal Railroad Association.

Chairman and CEO William E. Kassling also stated: "While the initial program funding is modest, the total impact of this program and the products that will be developed could be considerable. Successful completion of the program would pave the way for adoption of the PTC platform as an industry standard, used for the implementation of interchangeable safety systems such as Positive Train Separation (PTS), Positive Train Control (PTC) and Cab Signals."


This news release contains various forward-looking statements and includes assumptions about future market conditions, operations and results. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties. They are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Among the many factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements are: changes in the competitive environment for the Company's product, changes in market conditions and other factors included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, incorporated by reference herein. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward- looking statements or advise of changes in the assumptions on which they were based.

Westinghouse Air Brake Company is North America's largest manufacturer of value added equipment for locomotives, railway freight cars and passenger transit vehicles. The Company's products, which are sold to both the original equipment market and the aftermarket, are intended to enhance safety, improve productivity and reduce maintenance costs for its customers. The Company's products include electronic controls and monitors, air brakes, couplers, air conditioning, door controls, draft gears and brake shoes.

Source:   Westinghouse Air Brake Company Friday, December 11 1998

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