Railway Age Next-Gen Freight Rail

Next-Gen Freight Rail
March 14, 2023 - March 14, 2023 | Union League Club | Chicago, IL
Creating Growth in Freight Rail

Event Info

Railway Age’s Next-Generation Freight Rail conference takes place March 14, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Union League Club of Chicago. The conference is a unique opportunity to discuss the freight rail industry’s future with thought leaders.


  • Interact with three Class I chief executives whose railroads span North America
  • Discover how the North American supply chain is changing, and its growth opportunities
  • Discuss the myriad challenges inherent in running a Class III/S&T railroad
  • Take a deep dive into the regulatory process with an STB member
  • Learn about one of the industry’s most significant engineering projects
  • Network in-person and create lasting connections with colleagues and peers

The event will also include a luncheon recognizing the nominees of Railway Age’s Women in Rail 2022 Awards.

Opening Session

Joseph Hinrichs

President & CEO, CSX
Closing Session

Katie Farmer

President & CEO, BNSF

Pat Ottensmeyer

President & CEO, Kansas City Southern

Tomeka Watson Bryant

General Manager, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad

John Cech

Vice President Engineering, BNSF

Patrick J. Fuchs

Member, Surface Transportation Board

Kellyanne Gallagher

CEO, Commuter Rail Coalition

Barbara Wilson

Freight Rail Industry C-Suite Executive

William C. Vantuono

Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age

David Lester

Editor-in-Chief, Railway Track & Structures

Marybeth Luczak

Executive Editor, Railway Age

Carolina Worrell

Senior Editor, Railway Age

Sponsorships are available for all Railway Age events. For more information, contact Jonathan Chalon at [email protected], 212.620.7224.

Hotel Reservations
Please contact the Union League Club directly for hotel reservations at the group rate of $199 per night (plus taxes/fees/non-member surcharge). P: 312-427-7800, E: [email protected], mention Railway Age Next-Gen Freight Rail. Our room block ends February 14, 2023.

Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

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7:00 AM
Exhibitor Set-up

8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM
Bringing ONE CSX to Life for Our Employees and Customers
Joseph Hinrichs, President and CEO, CSX
with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono

9:45 AM
Sponsor Spotlight – Duos Technologies
Jeff Necciai, Chief Technology Officer, Duos Technologies

10:00 AM
Coffee Break Sponsored by Edna A. Rice Executive Recruiters, Inc.

10:30 AM
The STB’s Role in 21st Century Railroading
Patrick Fuchs, Member, Surface Transportation Board
with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono

11:00 AM
Sponsor Spotlight – AmePower – Hybridize Your Fleet
Luis Contreras, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, AmePower

11:15 AM
Running a Complex Class III/S&T Railroad
Tomeka Watson Bryant, General Manager, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and 2022 Women in Rail Honoree
with Railway Age Executive Editor Marybeth Luczak and Senior Editor Carolina Worrell

11:45 AM
Luncheon Sponsored by Plasser American
Recognition of Railway Age’s 2022 Women in Rail Honorees

1:30 PM
Uncorking the Funnel: BNSF’s Lake Pend Oreille Bridge
John Cech, Vice President Engineering, BNSF and Railway Track & Structures 2022 Engineer of the Year
with RT&S Editor-in-Chief David C. Lester

2:15 PM
Sponsor Spotlight – Piper Networks
Robert Hanczor, Chief Executive Officer, Piper Networks

2:30 PM
Energy Break Sponsored by RailWorks Corporation

3:00 PM
Nearshoring in Mexico: A North American Opportunity
Pat Ottensmeyer, President and CEO, Kansas City Southern
with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono

3:30 PM
Railroading is a Momentum Business
Katie Farmer, President and CEO, BNSF and Railway Age 2023 Railroader of the Year
with Marybeth Luczak, Carolina Worrell, and Women in Rail Judges Barbara Wilson and KellyAnne Gallagher

4:00 PM


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