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Coming (very) soon: RailTrends 2012


The countdown to Progressive Railroading's RailTrends® conference stands at about one week. The event will be held Nov. 1-2 at the W New York Hotel in Manhattan.

Titled "2012 Freight Game Changers: Coal, Commodities, Politics and Passenger Rail," this year's RailTrends conference includes comprehensive content that was created in response to the internal realities of the rail industry, top-of-mind topics and button-pushing subjects, such as the future of Amtrak, energy markets, information technology, intermodal and rail safety.

Speakers include Union Pacific Railroad Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Lynden Tennison; CN Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest; CSX Transportation VP of Intermodal Bill Clement; Kansas City Southern EVP of Sales and Marketing Patrick Ottensmeyer; Canadian Pacific VP of Energy and Merchandise Tracy Robinson; Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boardman; Genesee & Wyoming Inc. President and CEO Jack Hellmann; Watco Cos. L.L.C. CEO Rick Webb; Alaska Railroad Corp. President and CEO Christopher Aadnesen; Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel Elliott III; Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Hedlund; and National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman.

Also during the conference, Progressive Railroading and RailTrends will acknowledge Union Pacific Corp. Chairman Jim Young, who is the 2012 recipient of their "Railroad Innovator Award" that recognizes an individual's outstanding achievement in the rail industry.

For more information, including a complete conference schedule and full speaker lineup, and to register, log onto

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