Chicago railroad superintendents to hold freight and passenger conference

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CHICAGO — A one-day conference in Chicago this fall will take a multi-disciplined look at the needs of freight and passenger railroads, transit systems, regulatory bodies and first responders in training and testing on physical railroad characteristics. The conference — titled “Railroad and Rail Transit Physical Characteristics Training and Testing — Are We Where We Need to Be?” — is being hosted by PTSI Transportation and the Chicago Railroad Superintendents Association.

The meeting will take place on Oct. 11 at Chicago Union Station. Among the topics that will be covered are current and best practices for teaching and testing physical characteristics; the different needs of Class 1, short line and transit railroads; and how to train first responders on the complexities of railroad characteristics and infrastructure.

The conference cost $95 or $195 if suppliers wish to exhibit their products. For further information or to obtain conference brochures, contact Michael Weinman, Managing Director of PTSI Transportation at, or Tim Fuhrer, President of the Chicago Railroad Superintendents Association at

The Chicago Railroad Superintendents Association is a professional organization of and for railroad and rail transit operating officers in the Chicago area. PTSI Transportation is a 44-year-old railway consultancy specializing in operations, service, and operating training, based in Rutherford, N.J.

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