Technical Tour Information

The Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) would like to welcome you to the 2016 Symposium Technical Tour to the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL). RailTEC would like to extend our appreciation to NDT Corp. and Paul Fisk for hosting a demonstration in conjunction with the technical tour at RAIL. After the technical tour, we will have our keynote address and dinner at the Allerton Mansion and Retreat Center in nearby Monticello, Illinois.

Wednesday 15 June 2016
3:00-3:30 Depart Yeh Center via Charter Bus to RailTEC Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL)
3:30-4:45 Tour RAIL (Exhibits Located Indoors and Outdoors. Refreshments Located Outdoors in Tent)
4:45-5:15 Travel from RAIL to Allerton Park and Retreat Center
5:30-6:00 Keynote Address given by Mr. David Connell (Vice President of Engineering at Union Pacific Railroad, Retired)
6:00-7:00 Reception (Games on Lawn)
7:15-8:30 Dinner (Inside Allerton Mansion)
8:30-9:00 Travel from Allerton Park back to Champaign
9:00-TBD Drop off at Symposium Hotels

Important Requirements for Tour::
Steel toed boots are required at RAIL. Please plan accordingly when packing for this trip. Safety glasses will be provided to conference attendees on site.

Non-US Citizens: A portion of the technical tour takes place on the US Army Corps of Engineers facility that houses the new RailTEC Research and Innovation Laboratory. All non-US Citizens that submitted their passports by the requested deadline (1 May 2016) MUST bring their passport on the day of this tour (Wednesday 15 June 2016). Submit your passport now at:

US Citizens: You MUST bring a state ID (driver's license) on the day of the tour in order to access RailTEC's Research and Innovation Laboratory (Wednesday 15 June 2016).

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