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Date Speaker Title and Links


Lee Clair
Senior Partner of Norbridge, Inc.

"Coal Transportation Issues and Opportunities"

Benchmarking Study (PDF)


Mike Garcia
Chief - Rail Engineering Unit
Illinois DOT

"Illinois High Speed Rail Track Project - Mazonia to Springfield (118 miles)"

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Rail Panel
Sandhouse Rail Group member Norm Carlson organized a panel of senior railroad executives to discuss the role railroads play in international logistics and the global economy.

Chair: Norm Carlson
Carlson Consulting International

Art Shoener, President & CEO, Kansas City Southern Railroad

Mort Fuller
, Chairman & CEO, Genesse & Wyoming Railroad Co.

Tom Hoback
, President & CEO, The Indiana Rail Road Company

Charles Swinburn
, CEO,RailAmerica, Inc.

Bob Gallamore
, The Gallamore Group Former director of the Transportation Center

"Swimming with the Giants in International Waters"

Shoener Presentation (PDF)
Hoback Presentation (PDF) (7.17 MB)
Swinburn Presentation (PDF)


Mike Blaszak
Chicago Attorney:
Senior Counsel, Earth Tech Inc.

"Reregulation: The Struggle for Prosperity"

Presentation (PDF)


Rick Harnish
Executive Director
Midwest High Speed Rail Association

"High Speed Passenger Trains on the Illinois Amtrak Network"


Norm Carlson
Carson Consulting International, LLC

"Transforming Innovation at the Illinois Central Electric"

Train From Randolph (Publication) (PDF)


Robert E. Gallamore
Former Director
Transportation Center
Northwestern University

"Enduring Enterprise: The Development of the North American Railroad in the Twentieth Century"

Presentation (PDF)


Earl Wacker
CSX Superintendent

Bill Thompson
Association of American Railroads CREATE Railroad Program Manager

"Update on Chicago's CREATE Program"

Presentation (PDF)

Article appearing in Progressive Railroad, July 2006: "Creative Solutions needed to finance CREATE" by Jim Giblin


David L. Gunn
Past President and CEO of Amtrak

"National Transportation Policy and Intercity Rail Passenger Service"


Phil Pasterak
Midwest Regional Manager of PB Transit and Rail Systems

David Kralik
New Start Project Leader - Star Line at Metra

"The Star Line"

Presentation (PDF - 8.4 MB)


J. Reilly McCarren
Chairman of the Arkansas Missouri Railroad, and former President and CEO of the Wisconsin Central Railroad System

"Impact of Weight Limits on Small & Medium Railroads"

Presentation (PDF)


Ian Savage
Professor of Economics, Northwestern University

"Trespassing and U.S. Railroads"

Presentation (PDF)