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Thank you for attending the 7th Annual Southwestern Rail Conference held in the Grand Hall, Dallas Union Station on January 27-28, 2011.

Video and Power Points from many of the presenters will be made available and will be posted to this page.

Join us in 2012 for the 8th Annual Southwestern Rail Conference! Details will be announced this fall.

presenters
Ed Ellis, President, Iowa Pacific Holdings Inc.
Iowa Pacific Holdings (IPH) was formed in March 2001 to acquire railroads and create rail-related businesses. IPH has focused on smaller feeder railroads with annual revenues of $10 million and less. IPH has successfully acquired and operated six railroads – while working to increase their value to rail customers and the communities they serve, through improvements in services, facilities and equipment. [ View Presentation, 2.2MB, Video, mp4, 150 MB ]
William "Bill" Glavin, Director, Rail Division, Texas Department of Transportation
The TxDOT Rail Division is only one year old. Under the leadership of Mr. Glavin, he offers insight as as the Transportation Department looks to multi-modal approaches to keep Texans moving. [ View Presentation, 8.2MB, Video, mp4, 150 MB ]
• Gil Wilson, TxDOT Rail Division
The rehabilitation of the State Owned South Orient Rail Road and what it can mean for economic development in Texas. [ View Presentation, 10.0MB | View Presentation Video (requires Apple iTunes), 120.0MB, Video, mp4, 158 MB ]
• Darin Kosmak, TxDOT Rail Division
Grade crossing safety initiatives in Texas [ View Presentation, 4.8MB, Video, mp4, 160 MB ]
Dean Wise, Vice President, Network Strategy, BNSF Railway
Mr. Wise recently assumed his position at hometown based Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced and efficient railroads in the industry. What will the future bring? [ View Presentation Video, Video, mp4, 214 MB ]
Clint E Schelbitzki, Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad
A key indicator of the economy is our transportation and logistics industry. Union Pacific recently announced a new direction for growing it's business. Mr. Schelbitzki supplies more details. [ Video, mp4, 180 MB ]
Curtis Morgan, Program Manager, Texas Transportation Institute
Curtis will bring our audience up to date on intercity passenger rail corridor and ridership studies that have been performed by TTI and outline and discuss freight rail studies and their impact. [ View Presentation, 8.3MB, Video, mp4, 245 MB ]
William S. Lind - "Why Conservatives Should Like Rail"
A presentation by William S. Lind, Director of The American Conservative Center for Public Transportation, an affiliate of The American Conservative magazine, and co-author, with the late Paul Weyrich of "Moving Minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation." Preview Mr. Lind's topic here: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/107079873.html. [ Video, mp4, 273 MB ]
Cotton Belt Regional Passenger Rail Corridor An Innovative Finance Initiative
Tom LeBeau, Vice President - Rail Development and Capital Projects, Denton County Transportation Authority
Mr. LeBeau will discuss the soon-to-open "A" Train service in Denton County. [ View Presentation, 8.8MB, Video, mp4, 162 MB]
Denis Douté, Chief Executive Officer of SNCF America
SNCF stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français – the French National Railway, operating high-speed rail systems since 1981, with more than 1,100 miles of designated high-speed track and more than 800 high-speed trains running every day.

As America prepares to create its own high-speed rail systems, SNCF has come to be a part of these historic projects. http://www.sncfhighspeedrail.com/ [ View Presentation, 1.5MB ]
Robert J. Stewart, Chairman, National Association of Railroad Passengers
[ View Presentation, 9MB, Video, mp4, 127 MB]
Karl Ziebarth's paper on: The Coming PTC Disaster and What We Can Do About It
[ View Presentation, 3KB, Video, mp4, 12 MB]
sponsors
Media Sponsor
Railway Age
Railway Age
Dallas Terminal Railway
Dallas Terminal Railway
Fort Worth & Western
Fort Worth & Western
HDR
HDR
Rio Grande Pacific
Rio Grande Pacific
Permian Basin Railways
Permian Basin Railways
OmniTRAX
OmniTRAX
Colo Railroad Builders
Colo Railroad Builders
AECOM
AECOM
Sterling Rail
Sterling Rail
Parsons
Parsons
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Railworks
Railworks
Iowa Pacific Holdings, Inc.
Iowa Pacific Holdings, Inc.
STI-Global
STI-Global

 
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