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DFW International Airport Hosts Fifth Internet Auction Featuring Historic Last Airport Train Car

More than 250 lots up for bid; Great deals for public as Airport reduces surplus

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TEXAS (April 21, 2006) - Surplus buses, dump trucks and the last historic train car from the retired Airport Train system are on sale today beginning at 10 a.m. as DFW hosts its fifth online auction for the next two weeks. Web surfers and shoppers can log on to www.renebates.com to see photographs of the items and make bids. The auction will also be linked from www.dfwairport.com, giving the public 24/7 access to a variety of surplus airport equipment and supplies. Bidding starts today and individual lots will begin closing at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 4th. Past auctions have generated in excess of $1.6 million for DFW, a new source of nonairline revenue for the Airport. 

“Online auctions have been a huge success for DFW over the past two years,” said John Wesley White, Vice President of Procurement and Materials Management at DFW. “This has been a great experience for DFW; we have realized a significant increase in sales since going to the online auction format. We've been able to reduce our surplus inventory as well as give the public some great deals.”

The last Airport Train car, a service vehicle, is up for auction after 60 other cars were sold in September of 2005. While servicing DFW, these train cars made history by covering a cumulative 97-million miles and carrying more than 250 million passengers over a 31-year span. The last train car measures 10'2" tall, 7'2" wide, and 22'2" long with an empty weight of 14,000 pounds. The Airport Train was replaced last year by the new Skylink system - the world's largest airport train. 

Numerous passenger cars, vans and SUVs will also be auctioned off along with bicycles, ladders, mowers, rebar, fork lift, telephones and much more. The auction items are currently available for inspection from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Airport Surplus & Salvage Yard, located at 2400 East Airfield Drive on the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport grounds.