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2/9/2007



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Anacostia & Pacific to install RMI's wireless transportation management system on 34 locomotives



Anacostia & Pacific Co. Inc. (A&P) recently purchased computer equipment and software from RMI to automate several operational processes.

The short-line holding company will install the equipment and “mCrew” software in 34 locomotives operated by subsidiary railroads, including the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co., New York & Atlantic Railway Co., Chicago, SouthShore & South Bend Railroad and Pacific Harbor Line Inc.

To be delivered and installed in the second quarter, the equipment and software will enable train crews to interface with mainframe computer systems over a wireless connection. Crew members will use mCrew to receive real-time information via a mobile tool onboard a train, and submit updated work orders and other train event information to a transportation management system.

“When our train personnel set a car out in a nearby yard, the customer, using a Web interface, will know that the car is available almost immediately,” said Jack Spiese, A&P director of MIS, in a prepared statement.


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