‘Next-Gen Freight Rail’ Conference Set for March 12

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
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Railway Age’s Next-Gen Freight Rail 2024 Conference will take place on March 12, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Union League Club of Chicago. Join us as we discuss the freight rail industry’s future with thought leaders, covering a wide variety of relevant issues.

Speaker Lineup

Our lineup includes no fewer than three Class I C-Suite executives, whose railroads span North America. We will lead off with Beth Whited, President of Union Pacific (UP), with Jim Vena, CEO, UP, continuing the conversation. What is their perspective on building the UP of the future?

Next, Brent Laing, Vice President of Engineering, CN, and Railway Track & Structures’ 2023 Engineer of the Year, will discuss engineering excellence at the Class I railroad. And, Michael Miller, CEO, Genesee & Wyoming will discuss the company’s role in growing rail freight traffic in New England.

Keeping with our theme of next-generation freight rail, we will take a very deep dive into Norfolk Southern’s (NS) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Digital Train Inspection Portal with a speaker yet to be announced.

You won’t want to miss our closing session with Railway Age’s 2024 Railroader of the Year, Tracy Robinson, President and CEO, CN.

Session topics will include Building the Union Pacific of the Future, Engineering Excellence at CN, People Matter Most, Norfolk Southern/Georgia Tech Research Institution Digital Train Inspection Portal, and Serving a Dynamic Global Supply Chain.

Speakers will engage in informal “fireside chat” style conversations, offering their candid thoughts on each subject. 

This year’s conference will include an extra-special luncheon honoring Railway Age‘s 2024 “Fast Trackers” 25 Under 40 award winners. Established in 2016, this annual award is presented to railroaders under the age of 40 in the United States, Canada and/or Mexico for making an impact in their respective fields or within their company. Nominations are still open! Submit your candidate now.

Supporting Organizations

In addition to its speakers, Railway Age’s Next-Gen Freight Rail 2024 Conference is supported by the following sponsors: Piper (gold), TrintyRail (gold), 4AI Systems (case study), the Michigan State Center for Railway Research and Education (bronze), and The Greenbrier Companies (bronze).

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