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Get Up Close & Personal with Freight Rail Technology
Test your skills on training simulators, high-tech inspection tools and fully immersive virtual reality that puts the power of #RailTech in your hands.
- AskRail: Check out the AskRail mobile app, which provides more than 25,000 first responders with immediate access to accurate, timely data about what types of hazardous materials a train is carrying so they can make informed decisions about how to respond to a rail emergency.
- BNSF Railway: Ever wonder what it’s like to fly a drone? Try your hand at BNSF’s drone flight simulator and learn how the company leverages the data collected by drones and artificial intelligence to create an even smarter and safer railroad.
- Canadian National: Explore CN’s new cutting-edge automated inspection technology portals, which uses advanced digital imagery and machine learning to inspect trains in real time — as they travel at full speed — and identify rail cars that need repair.
- Canadian Pacific: Specialized sensors beside rail lines and mounted on rail equipment are capturing terabytes of data every year. Learn how CP is applying this data to inform predictive maintenance months — and even years! — in advance, enhancing safety and customer service.
- CSX: Test drive a locomotive using CSX’s PTC locomotive engineer training simulator and interact with 3D models of rail facilities generated from drone imagery and LiDAR, a tool that uses lasers to make measurements.
- Genesee & Wyoming: Defects in rail are not always visible to the human eye. Use portable rail defect detector technology to get an ultrasonic view inside the rail and see if you can discern a healthy rail from one that needs maintenance.
- Kansas City Southern: KCS’s simulator puts you in the cab of a PTC-equipped locomotive where you can experience how the technology works to stop a train. Learn how the railroad is leveraging PTC data through geospatial mapping technology to enhance rail operations.
- Norfolk Southern: Experience some of the tools NS uses at their state-of-the-art training facility. Develop proper rail welding techniques through virtual reality and do a virtual inspection of a train’s air brake system using a new tool developed for train conductors and railcar mechanics.
- Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI): Every day, TTCI — the world’s leading rail research and testing facility — pushes the limits of the rail network and equipment moving across it. See their work in action and learn how they use dynamic testing and modeling to improve the longevity of bridges, health track and safety of rail cars.
- Union Pacific: Take a virtual ride in a HighRail truck, technology used to inspect railroad tracks to detect flaws and inform maintenance planning. UP will also take you inside their computer-based training modules for locomotive engineers, allowing you to operate digital trains using actual locomotive controls.
Watch Live Demos & Get to Know a Railroader
Talk in-person with Class I railroad employees and researchers from the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) to see how they use technology to train employees, inspect infrastructure, save fuel, support first responders and make railroads even safer. Want more face time? Stop by our interactive video display for short interviews from rail employees in the field.
12:00pm – 1:15pm
Lunch will be served and press is welcome.
Along with virtual reality and simulators, hands-on demos and one-on-one conversations with rail employees, this year’s RailxTech on Capitol Hill offers a panel discussion moderated by Mobility Podcast’s Greg Rogers and Pete Gould. The discussion will hone in on the rapid innovation occurring across the transportation sector, the societal and economic implications of this transformation and how policymakers can encourage innovation. Panelists include the following.
- Robert D. Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
- Jennifer Huddleston, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center
- Patrick Lortie, Partner and Global Rail Leader at Oliver Wyman
- James Ray, a former Senior Advisor for Infrastructure at the U.S. Department of Transportation