Digest: WRI postponed to 2021, moves to Chicago

News Wire Digest third section for July 14: Amtrak Downeaster to increase service; train hits truck driven by 10-year-old
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Wheel Rail Interaction logo and graphic showing downtown Chicago and 2021 conference dates of May 17 to 20.

Tuesday afternoon rail news:

Wheel Rail Interchange rescheduled to 2021 in Chicago

Wheel Rail Interchange’s 2020 conference, originally planned for Vancouver, British Columbia, has been postponed to 2021 and will be held in Chicago. New dates are May 17-20, with the site the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. The conference features seminars on Rail Transit (May 17), Principles (May 18), and Heavy Haul (May 19-20). Registration has opened for the new dates; those who had already registered the 2020 dates will have their registration transferred automatically to the rescheduled event. For more information, visit the Wheel Rail Seminars website. Trains is the presenting sponsor for the WRI ’21 Conference.

Downeaster to increase service to four daily round trips
Amtrak’s Downeaster will increase service to four daily round trips beginning Monday, July 20, the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority announced. Since June 15, a single round trip has served the route, which saw all service suspended as of April 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, the route saw five round trips daily. The new schedule and other information is available at the Downeaster website.

Truck driven by juvenile hit by train
A truck being driven by a 10-year-old was struck by a BNSF Railway train in New Madrid, Mo., leading to minor injuries for the child at the wheel. The Sikeston, Mo., Standard Democrat reports that the accident occurred at 3:44 p.m. on Monday when the truck driven by the juvenile failed to yield to the northbound train. The report makes no mention of possible citations for the incident.


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