The first William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar is scheduled for Friday, August 29, 2014 at noon. The guest speakers will be Eric Pachman and Mark Dingler of CSX. The title of their presentation is “Railroad Capacity Analytics at CSX”. See the Hay Seminar page for more details.
The dates of the 16th Annual RREC conference are 28 – 29 October 2014. Registration will open mid-late August.
In the News
2014 NURail Annual Meeting
August 2014: The NURail annual meeting, held this year in Altoona, PA on August 18 – 19, 2014 was hosted by NURail Affiliate Member Penn State Altoona. The two day meeting provided the opportunity to recap highlights of the previous year and discuss plans for 2015. In addition, a variety of presentations on education, outreach, workforce development, and research were given. To see copies of the presentations, click here.
GLXS Symposium a Success
August 2014: The 2014 Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium (GLXS) on 3 – 8 August was a huge success. Over 230 attendees represented 26 countries and 27 states. The symposium provided an opportunity for participants to exchange information and share best practices to improve the safety of the at-grade interface between highway and rail systems. Highlights included rides on Little Obie and a keynote speech by Administrator Joe Szabo of the Federal Railroad Administration. Click here to see local coverage of these events, here to see conference presentations, or here to see the conference photo gallery.
Rail Safety with Little Obie
July 2014: Educating the public about railway safety will be the aim of CN Railroad (CN) when they bring a miniature train, known as Little Obie, to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus next month. The locomotive’s appearance is part of the 2014 Global Level Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention Symposium being held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on August 4-5, 2014. Click here to read full the press release.
Thailand HSR course completed
June 2014: RailTEC faculty, TC Kao, hosted an intensive course on high speed rail (HSR) systems in Bangkok, Thailand from June 16-21. The objective of the course was to inform the students of the different technologies used for high speed rail passenger transportation systems. The course included lectures and presentations about the core systems such as trains, power system and signaling as well as the civil work that surrounds high speed railway systems.
REES: A step towards higher learning
June 2014: Professors from around the country attended the Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) on June 23 – 25, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas. The objective of the symposium was to further inform the professors of the workforce crisis and give them materials to educate students about railway infrastructure, performance, engineering, and design at their respective universities. It also included trips to BNSF Railway’s Freight Yard and the Kansas City Intermodal Facility. Click here to see additional pictures from REES.
For over a century the University of Illinois has been a leader in railway engineering research and education. Beginning with Talbot's fundamental work on railroad track design, and Schmidt & Tuthill's work on train energy and power requirements, through Hay's textbook on railroad engineering, The U of I has a distinguished record of accomplishment and remains highly respected by today's railroad engineering community.
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