Norfolk Southern Railway to purchase Railpower's new RP-series yard locomotives

    TSX Symbol: P

    MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW/ - Railpower Technologies Corp. ("Railpower" or
the "Company") (TSX: P), a leader in specialized energy technology systems for
the transportation industry, today announced that Norfolk Southern Railway
purchased two Railpower RP-series multi-engine, low-emission, fuel-efficient
kits to build yard locomotives, for delivery in 2007. The purchase order
includes an option for Norfolk Southern to purchase additional units in the
    Under the terms of the purchase order, Norfolk Southern will complete the
conversion of two conventional locomotives using SW1500 platforms with
Railpower-supplied kits for the model RP14BD, the Company's newest yard
locomotive. The kits will include all components, drawings and necessary
engineering support. The work will be performed by Thoroughbred Mechanical
Services ("TMS"), at Norfolk Southern's Juniata Locomotive Shop located in
Altoona, Pennsylvania.
    "We are very pleased that Norfolk Southern has selected again our
RP-series locomotive technology and components in support of their initiative
to adopt robust, cleaner energy solutions and achieve reduced fuel costs,"
said José Mathieu, President and CEO of Railpower. "This purchase order is in
line with our strategy of expanding our multi-Genset locomotives product range
and positions us well for future orders."
    "Norfolk Southern recognizes the promise of multi-engine, or genset, yard
locomotives to significantly improve emissions while reducing fuel
consumption," said Tim Heilig, Norfolk Southern's Vice President Mechanical.
"This purchase supports our strategy to evaluate different configurations of
horsepower and powered axles to optimize this new technology for our yard and
local operations."
    Railpower's RP14BD model's design aims to significantly improve the
efficiency of the yard operations. This model is expected to provide fuel
savings of up to 70 percent and reduce NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) and other
particulate emissions by approximately 80 percent. With this order,
Railpower's order backlog currently stands at 65 units.

    About Railpower
    Railpower (TSX: P), ( ) is engaged in the development,
construction, marketing and sales of specialized, patented, environmentally
friendly technology systems for the transportation and related industries.
Railpower's technologies significantly reduce fuel usage, operating and
maintenance costs, and emissions. While Railpower's origins are in the
transportation industry, its technologies have broad potential and
applications in other markets and industries. Railpower is headquartered in
Montreal, Quebec. Its U.S. office is located in Erie, Pennsylvania.

    About Norfolk Southern
    Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:   NSC) is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates
approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states, the District of Columbia and
Ontario, Canada, serving every major container port in the eastern United
States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers. NS
operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is North
America's largest rail carrier of metals and automotive products. For more
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For further information:

For further information: José Mathieu, President & CEO, Railpower
Technologies Corp., Tel: 450-678-5277 ext.501, Toll Free: 1-866-678-5277,
Email:; Eric Bouchard or Arianna Vanin, Investor
Relations, The Equicom Group Inc., Tel: 514-844-7997 or 416-815-0700 ext. 266,
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