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December 2019

2019 Big Data in Railroad Maintenance Planning Conference

University of Delaware, Newark Campus
Newark, DE 19716 United States
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The 2019 conference is intended to expand on previous years’ conferences and introduce new and emerging analysis techniques, and to show how they can be applied to the large volume of inspection data collected by railways to improve their planning of the critical capital and maintenance programs. This year’s conference focuses on the railway’s specific needs and practical applications to date of “Big Data” analytics to include both infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance planning. The program for 2019 will continue…

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January 2020

MARS Winter Meeting

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center 70 Yorktown Shopping Center Lombard, IL 60148

The conference will start with registration and a get-acquainted reception at 5 p.m. on Jan. 14 and is scheduled to adjourn at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 16. There's a full agenda filled with many keynoters and topic experts. Some of the committed highlight speakers are (in order of appearance): Lance Fritz, Chairman, President and CEO, Union Pacific RR Darrell Wallace, Executive Director, NA Freight Car Association Eric Starks, Chairman and CEO, FTR Transportation Intelligence. Adam Nordstrom, Principal, Viking Navigation. Patrick Ottensmeyer,…

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2020 Southwestern Rail Conference

Magnolia Hotel – Park Cities/SMU, Dallas, 6070 N Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75206 United States
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The 16th Annual Southwestern Rail Conference is the premier freight and passenger rail conference in Texas. It will be held January 23-24, 2020 at the Magnolia Hotel – Park Cities/SMU, Dallas. It will feature speakers, panelists and special presentations that focus on the freight and passenger rail issues of the day. The audience comes from both the public and private sector. The last three conferences sold out weeks before the event. Special rates for the conference hotel—Magnolia / Dallas-Park Cities-SMU—will be accessible through this…

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AAR 32nd Annual Quality Assurance Auditor and Industry Conference

Hilton Fort Worth, 815 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102 United States
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AAR's 32nd Annual Quality Assurance Auditor and Industry Conference aims to improve the safety and productivity of rail transportation through quality. The conference will ​be ​held January 28-30 ​in Fort Worth, Texas.  ​Topics ​are ​based ​on ​recommendations ​from ​the ​QAC, ​AAR ​Auditors, ​and ​attendees ​from ​past ​conferences. AAR announced there will be "a ​full ​day ​of free QA ​workshops ​on ​January 30 ​open ​to ​all ​attendees. ​Please ​plan ​on ​attending ​three ​full ​days ​of ​informative ​presentations ​and ​workshops." Open sessions are on January…

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Railway Motive Power And Alternative Propulsion

Courtyard by Marriott- Long Beach CA, 500 East First Street
Long Beach, 90802 United States
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Air quality and volatile diesel prices pose challenges to railways, particularly in urban areas. Traditional wayside power supply requires large capital investment and has visual impact. Emerging propulsion systems have the potential to address these concerns: (a) Rapidly developing battery technology with opportunity charging offers a suitable way forward for some railway services. (b) Hydrogen fuel cell systems offer zero-emission, longer range, flexibility, and lower capital cost than electrification. Knowledge and understanding of these technologies is essential to increase the…

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March 2020

SWARS 2020 Annual Meeting

Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd
Galveston, TX 77554 United States
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Mark you calendars for the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers (SWARS) 2020 Annual Meeting on March 4-5, 2020 at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas. Visit the site later this year for more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities.

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SEARS 2020 Spring Meeting

The Westin Buckhead, 3391 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326 United States
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The Southeast Association of Rail Shippers (SEARS) serves a diverse membership in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Members represent such areas as heavy and light industry, mining, consumer products, forest products, agriculture, port operations and service organizations. Meetings are held twice a year in the spring and fall at various locations in the assigned territory. Topics of discussion are selected by members and cover a cross section…

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PNWARS 2020 Spring Meeting

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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The Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers (PNWARS) is headquartered in West Linn, Ore. General membership comes from the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and the states of Northern California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Membership dues are included in meeting registration fees. Seminars are held in the spring and fall of each year, generally alternating between Portland and Seattle. The one day seminars have a theme appropriate to current transportation trends and provide up to date…

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April 2020

Railway Management Certificate Program 2020 (Four Weeks – Entire Certificate Program)

Michigan State University, 220 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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MSU’s Railway Management Certificate Program was established in 2007 and is the only North American program that covers the breadth and depth of the very complex railway industry from both a conceptual and practical viewpoint. The program is aimed at individuals in the industry with the potential to become senior managers and leaders in their organizations. We draw participants from railroad operating companies (both freight and passenger), suppliers to the industry, shippers/customers, transit authorities, regulatory and representative bodies, to name…

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May 2020

Australian Study Tour on Railway Engineering


See firsthand the latest in heavy haul technology and large metropolitan passenger railway expansion projects in conjunction with Australia’s premier engineering conference, CORE 2020. The tour is designed for rail professionals to sample the myriad new freight and passenger rail technologies implemented in Australia over the last decade. This trip will include visits to many rail modes including high axle load rail, airport railway connections, multi-modal terminals, metros, light rail, streetcars and special purpose systems. Technology inspections will include notable…

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