WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                  SCHEDULE TO
                                (RULE 14d-100)

          14(d)(1) OR 13(e)(1) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                               XTRA CORPORATION
                      (Name of Subject Company (Issuer))

                         BX MERGER SUB INC. (Offeror)
                   BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. (Offeror Parent)
(Name of Filing Persons (identifying status as offeror, issuer or other person))

                    COMMON STOCK, PAR VALUE $0.50 PER SHARE
                        (Title of Class of Securities)

                    (CUSIP Number for Class of Securities)

                                MARC D. HAMBURG
                                VICE PRESIDENT
                            BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC.
                               1440 KIEWIT PLAZA
                               OMAHA, NE  68131
                           TELEPHONE: (402) 346-1400
(Name, address and telephone number of person authorized to receive notices and
                  communications on behalf of filing persons)

                                   COPY TO:

                            R. GREGORY MORGAN, ESQ.
                          MUNGER, TOLLES & OLSON LLP
                            355 SOUTH GRAND AVENUE
                             LOS ANGELES, CA 90071
                           TELEPHONE: (213) 683-9100


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XTRA Corporation To Be Acquired by Berkshire Hathaway $55.00 Per Share Offered

Westport, CT and Omaha, NE (July 31, 2001) XTRA Corporation ("XTRA") (NYSE: XTR)
and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. ("Berkshire Hathaway") (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B)
announced today that they have approved and entered into a definitive Merger
Agreement which calls for a cash tender offer of $55.00 per share to holders of
XTRA common stock by a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

The tender offer is expected to commence on August 14, 2001 and will be for all
of XTRA's outstanding common stock.  Upon successful completion of the tender
offer, the Merger Agreement calls for a merger pursuant to which the remaining
stockholders will receive cash in the same amount as paid in the tender offer.

The value of the transaction is approximately $590 million.  Upon successful
consummation of the transaction, XTRA will become a wholly owned subsidiary of
Berkshire Hathaway and will continue to be headquartered in Westport,

The Board of Directors of XTRA has unanimously approved the Merger Agreement.
In addition, Tiger Management LLC and Tiger Performance LLC, which own in the
aggregate approximately 27% of XTRA's common stock, support the transaction and
have agreed to tender their shares in the tender offer.  Goldman, Sachs & Co.
acted as financial adviser to XTRA and delivered a fairness opinion to the Board
of Directors of XTRA.

Robert B. Goergen, Chairman of XTRA and Lewis Rubin, President and Chief
Executive Officer of XTRA, together stated, "We believe that this transaction
provides fair value to our stockholders and that the association with Berkshire
Hathaway will allow XTRA to both grow its business and benefit from a lower cost
of capital.  We would like to recognize all those individuals who have helped
build XTRA into such a successful transportation entity.  It is a

credit to the quality of our equipment fleet, brandname, operations, and
employees that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway have chosen to make this

Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, said, "XTRA is an outstanding
business with a wonderful reputation.  It will be a great addition to the
Berkshire Hathaway group of businesses."

The tender offer is subject to certain conditions, including the tender of not
less than a majority of XTRA's outstanding common stock, on a fully diluted
basis, and the obtaining of all necessary governmental approvals.  The tender
offer will expire twenty business days after it is commenced, but may be
extended under certain circumstances.

XTRA, a leading operating lessor of transportation equipment, was founded in
1957.  Headquartered in Westport, Connecticut, XTRA leases over-the-road
trailers, marine containers, and intermodal equipment, including intermodal
trailers, chassis, and domestic containers.

Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in a number
of diverse business activities.  The most important of these is the property and
casualty insurance business conducted on both a direct and reinsurance basis
through a number of subsidiaries.

XTRA stockholders are advised to read the tender offer statement regarding the
acquisition of XTRA referenced in this news release, which will be filed by
Berkshire Hathaway and BX Merger Sub Inc. with the SEC, and the related
solicitation/recommendation statement which will be filed by XTRA with the SEC.
The tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, letter of
transmittal and related tender offer documents) and the
solicitation/recommendation statement will contain important information which
should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to this offer.
These documents will be made available to all stockholders of XTRA at no expense
to them.  These documents also will be available at no charge at the SEC's web

XTRA expects to report its fiscal third quarter earnings in a regularly
scheduled press release later today.  Interested parties are invited to listen
to a simultaneous webcast of XTRA's Fiscal 2001 Third Quarter analyst conference
call tomorrow, Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The webcast can be
accessed via the corporate section of XTRA's Web site, A replay of
the webcast as well as a copy of the presentation will be available on the Web
site for one week following the call.

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to
management's beliefs about the financial condition, results of operations and
businesses of XTRA and Berkshire Hathaway in the future.  These statements
involve risks and uncertainties.  The actual outcome could differ materially
from that contemplated by such statements.  Factors that could cause or
contribute to such differences could include, but are not limited to:  general
business conditions; the variability of XTRA's revenues and its fixed operating
expenses; the impact of the North American and international economies on
revenues, lease rates and utilization; and fluctuations in interest rates and
foreign exchange rates.  These risks are discussed under the caption "Cautionary
Statements for Purposes of the `Safe Harbor' Provisions of the Private
Securities Litigation reform Act of 1995" in XTRA's Annual Report on Form 10-K
for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2000 on file with the SEC.

CONTACT:  Berkshire Hathaway, Marc Hamburg, 402/346-1400 or XTRA Corporation,
Stephanie Johnson, 203/221-1005.