SOURCE: CNH

August 05, 2008 12:50 ET

Case Donates Loader/Backhoe to Railroad Preservation Group

Case Gift Reduces Need for Volunteer Labor for Track Maintenance

RACINE, WI--(Marketwire - August 5, 2008) - Case Construction Equipment has donated a Case 590 Super M Series 2 loader/backhoe to the Midwest Central Railroad (MCRR), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the nation's railroad heritage.

"We will use the loader/backhoe primarily for track repair and rebuilding projects," said Matthew Crull, president of MCRR. With volunteer labor risking sore backs when working by hand, Crull stated that they can replace two or three ties in a day. "With the Case loader/backhoe, we should be able to replace up to 100 ties per day," he said.

According to Crull, the timing of the donation is significant because the railroad plans to perform a total tear out and replacement of the eastern half of the track next spring. The project will involve moving many tons of dirt and rock, as well as replacing the thousands of railroad ties. When completed, the restored section should last 15 to 20 years.

MCRR owns a fleet of steam locomotives and rolling stock that it operates along a circular track approximately 1.25 miles long. The railroad is located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, about 30 miles from the Case Burlington plant where Case loader/backhoes are manufactured. The donated machine came from the Burlington plant.

The railroad is open to the public as a working museum that holds several events each year. The biggest is the annual Old Thresher's Reunion, an educational gathering held every August that includes demonstrations of antique farming equipment. Among the highlights are the restored Case steam-powered threshers that served as a mainstay of American agriculture during the early years of the industrial age. Case also will display a 580 Super M Series 3 loader/backhoe, the newest generation of this versatile machine.

Approximately 35,000 to 40,000 people visit MCRR each year. It is administered, operated and maintained by an all volunteer group.

"Case is proud to support the hard work of the many volunteers who serve the Midwest Central Railroad," said Jim Hasler, vice president, Case Construction Equipment, North America. "Their preservation of steam-powered equipment is consistent with our own commitment to conserve America's industrial and agricultural heritage for future generations."

The donated Case loader/backhoe is equipped with four-wheel drive and ExtendahoeTM along with the standard loader and backhoe buckets.

Case Construction Equipment sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world, including the No. 1 loader/backhoes, articulated trucks, excavators, motor graders, wheel loaders, vibratory compaction rollers, crawler dozers, skid steers, compact track loaders and rough-terrain forklifts. Through Case dealers, customers have access to a true professional partner--with world-class equipment and aftermarket support, industry-leading warranties and flexible financing. More information is available at www.casece.com. Case is a division of CNH Global N.V. (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. (FIA.MI).

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