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Upcoming events

    • 23 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
    Register

    Gary Wolf, President, Wolf Railway Consulting, offers valuable derailment investigation information you can’t get elsewhere.  Click here to view seminar agenda.

    Railroad managers, superintendents, engineers, trainmasters and others gain a working knowledge of basic track structure, performance, causes of common problems; examination of detail on axle loads, traffic density, operating speeds; optimal learning potential with presentations on railroad turnouts, crossings with details handling spots and much more.

    Participants of the two-day seminar will receive a certificate of completion along with a binder full of course content to share with colleagues.

    Hotel Information

    The seminar will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Center, a short walk from the 30th and Market St. station.  

    Please make your hotel reservations directly with the hotel at the phone number listed below.  The special room rate for AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar attendees is $179/night.  To access this rate, please mention your participation in the AARS seminar and make your reservation prior to April 6, 2018.  

    Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

    3549 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

    215-387-8000


    Registrants must be employed in the rail industry and meet qualifications for AARS membership to register for this seminar.

    • 08 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    • 09 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • DoubleTree San Pedro - Port of Los Angeles
    Register

    Gary Wolf, President, Wolf Railway Consulting, offers valuable derailment investigation information you can’t get elsewhere. Click here to view seminar agenda.

    Railroad managers, superintendents, engineers, trainmasters and others gain a working knowledge of basic track structure, performance, causes of common problems; examination of detail on axle loads, traffic density, operating speeds; optimal learning potential with presentations on railroad turnouts, crossings with details handling spots and much more.

    Participants of the two-day seminar will receive a certificate of completion along with a binder full of course content to share with colleagues.

    Hotel Information

    The seminar will be held at the DoubleTree San Pedro at the Port of Los Angeles.  

    Please make your hotel reservations directly with the hotel at the phone number listed below or at the hotel reservation link below.  The special room rate for AARS Derailment Investigation Seminar attendees will be established soon and hotel reservations will be also available soon.  To access this rate, please mention your participation in the AARS seminar and make your reservation  prior to April 22, 2018.  

    DoubleTree San Pedro -- Port of Los Angeles

    Address: 2800 Via Cabrillo-Marina, San Pedro, CA 90731

    Phone(310) 514-3344

    Click here to make online reservations.

    Registrants must be employed in the rail industry and meet qualifications for AARS membership to register for this seminar.

    • 22 Jul 2018
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • 24 Jul 2018
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • W Lakeshore Hotel, Chicago, IL
    Register


    Register now for the AARS 122nd Annual Meeting, July 22-24, 2018 at the W Lakeshore in Chicago.

    Registration is open!

    The meeting will open with a reception on Sunday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m.

    AARS will host the Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Award Dinner as part of the AARS Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

    Registration to the AARS Annual Meeting includes a ticket to the Rising Stars dinner.  For more information about the Rising Stars dinner, visit http://www.progressiverailroading.com

    The meeting program will continue Monday, July 23 at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude on Tuesday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m. 

    Golf Outing:  On Tuesday, July 24, the AARS will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the AARS Scholarship Fund at the Harborside Golf Course in Chicago.  Click here to visit the Golf Outing page.  

    Hotel Information

    The meeting will be held at the W Lakeshore in Chicago at 644 N. Lake Shore Drive.  http://www.wchicago-lakeshore.com/

    Make your reservation before June 29, 2018 by calling the hotel directly at 312-943-3200 or 888-627-9034 and mention your participation in the American Association of Railroad Superintendents Annual Meeting to receive the special discounted nightly rate of $199/night.  

    You may also make your hotel reservation at this link:  https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/AARS2018    

    Sunday, July 22

    1:00 p.m. Rail Tour:  Tour of Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's transition to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).  Bus departs the W Lakeshore Hotel at 12:15 p.m., return to the hotel by 4:00 p.m.

    5:00 pm Opening Reception and Technical Showcase

    6:30 pm Progressive Railroading Rising Stars Awards and Dinner

    Monday, July 23

    7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical Showcase

    8:00 am Charge to Superintendents:

     Keith Creel, President and CEO, Canadian Pacific Railway

    9:00 am Precision Railroading

    Jamie Boychuk, VP Precision Scheduled Railroad Implementation, CSX

    9:30 am Regional Perspective:

     Jim Derwinski, Incoming CEO and Executive Director, METRA

    10:30 am

    Panel Presentation: 

    Attracting and Retaining Employees Panel

    11:45 am Break in Technical Showcase

    12:00 Annual Industry Luncheon

    Lantern Awards

    1:15  Performance Metrics

    John Friedmann, VP Network Operations & Strategic Planning, Norfolk Southern Corporation

    2:00   Economic Outlook

    Melissa Peralta, Senior Economist, TTX

    2:45 p.m. Break in Technical Showcase

    3:15 pm Rising Stars Panel

    4:15 p.m. Update on the “Railroad Renaissance”

    Tony Hatch, Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting

    5:00 pm Adjourn

    6:00 p.m. Michael A. Paras Foundation Fundraiser at Biggs Mansion Chicago

    Tuesday, July 24

    7:00 am Continental Breakfast and Technical

    Showcase 

     8:00 am Safety Culture Topics

     8: 00 a.m. DOWDuPont Safety Focus

    o    Rail Fleet management & maintenance, 

    o     NAR Prevention

    o    TRANSCAER and ER support

    9:00 a.m.  Developing a Safety Culture within Your Railroad - Panel

    David Tarwater, GM at Birmingham Terminal Railway and Alabama Warrior

    Mo Savoy, Vice President and Deputy Chief Mechanical Yards & Terminals, Amtrak

    10:00 am Transitioning to CNG

    IHBRR representative

    10:30 am Business Session

    11:00 am Adjourn

     

    11:45 pm Bus Departs for Annual Golf Outing

    Bus departs to Harborside Golf Course for the AARS Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship



    • 24 Jul 2018
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Harborside Golf Course, Chicago, IL
    Register

    The AARS will host a golf outing during the AARS 121st Annual Meeting at the Harborside Golf Course in Chicago on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

    Proceeds from the outing will benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund which provides educational scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. 

    Shotgun start: 1:00 p.m.

    Registration opens at 12:00 p.m.

    Dinner:  6:00 p.m.

    Registration is will be open soon!  Take advantage of the early bird rate of $140 per player or $560 per foursome before May 15. 

    Additional prize fund:  to contribute funds to for additional prizes, click here.  The additional prize fund contribution link is not on the registration page.  

    The AARS Annual Golf Outing will be held at the conclusion of the AARS 121st Annual Meeting in St. Louis.  Event registration is $140 per person and includes green fees, cart, refreshments, box lunch, dinner after golf, and a prize for every participant. Golf outing registration is NOT included with registration for the 121st Annual Meeting.

    Register as an individual player or as a foursome. 

    Proceeds of the event will benefit the Frank J. Richter Scholarship Fund.

    Need to rent clubs?  Contact the course directly.

    Transportation from the Annual Meeting at the W Lakeshore Hotel to the course and return to the hotel is complimentary with your registration.  You do not need to be an AARS member, nor do you have to register for the Annual Meeting to participate in the golf outing.  Golf outing registration is NOT included with 122nd Annual Meeting registration.

    Questions?

    Contact Carrie Foor at 331-643-3369. 




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