Presented by
Progressive Railroading
Platinum Sponsor
Oliver Wyman
RailTrends 2020


Be a Part of 2020's Most Highly Anticipated Virtual Event

RailTrends, the exclusive rail industry event, is going virtual this year but we are still connecting you with Presidents, CEOs and executives of six Class Is and many other industry professionals.
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New In 2020

Join the Railroad Elite in a Virtual Environment for RailTrends 2020

Although we cannot be together in New York City this year, we are still gathering the railroad industry to discuss key trends and future predictions. Join us for the same industry insider information you've come to expect at RailTrends. Hear directly from Class I and shortline CEOs and executives on how they are planning for 2021.

Ask questions directly to Class I CEOs through our virtual platform

Hear from industry experts on future trends

Network virtually with all stakeholders from the industry

Take advantage of lower cost to participate with no travel needed

Exclusive opportunity – limited spots available


2020 Railroad Innovator Recipient

2020 Railroad Innovator

James Foote

President & CEO - CSX

Progressive Railroading and RailTrends have named CSX President and Chief Executive Officer James Foote the 2020 recipient of the Railroad Innovator Award, which recognizes an individual's outstanding achievement in the rail industry.

"Since taking the railroad's reins in late December 2017, Foote has focused on safety and service, transitioning CSX into the next PSR phase. In doing many of the things Jim said he would do, he has led CSX past PSR 1.0 into 2.0, what I call the Post-Hunter Railroad, or PHR," says independent transportation analyst and RailTrends consultant Tony Hatch. "While he follows some great rail leaders, it is Jim who has finally taken CSX to industry leadership."

We are excited to celebrate Jim Foote on Friday November 20 during the virtual RailTrends event.

All 2020 Speakers

2020 Agenda

All times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Thursday November 19

10:00AM Welcome
10:15AM State of the Rail Industry
11:15AM Thursday Morning Networking Break
11:30AM Oliver Wyman
12:00PM ESG Efforts at UP
12:30PM Lunch Break
1:00PM Market Conditions in 2020 and beyond
1:45PM Rail Pulse Venture
2:15PM Thursday Afternoon Networking Break
2:30PM Short Line Viewpoint
3:30PM Kansas City Southern
4:00PM Rail Car Counts
4:30PM Virtual Happy Hour

Friday November 20

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Discovering Railtrends


The only event in a class of its own—RailTrends is returning for its 15th year and continues to uphold its reputation as the must attend event of the year for railroad professionals.


Our agenda is carefully crafted and composed of some of the most renowned executives in the industry who are eager to share their thoughts and expertise. Gain the compelling perspectives of notable Class Is, Regionals and Short Lines.


We set out on a mission to provide our attendees with the pulse of the rail industry. This two day event is a unique opportunity to hear first hand the latest news on today's economic operations and directions in rail.


The status of yesterday's rail market may not be the same as today's. Each year's event will always remain relevant to the current successes and challenges of the latest state of the industry.


Brought to you by Progressive Railroading and Tony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting, this conference was designed for rail people by rail people.


Our networking opportunities are unmatched, giving you the chance to position yourself as an industry elite. Expand your professional network and participate in powerful discussions and dive into all that RailTrends has to offer.


Through two days of thought provoking sessions, discussions and debates, you'll walk away with newfound clarity on where the industry is at and where it's going.

The Venue

The New York Marriott Marquis Hotel

1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

(212) 398-1900

The New York Marriott Marquis is in the heart of New York, located in the theater district with convenient access to theater, dining, shopping, popular landmarks and the all-important TXTS booth! The New York Marriott Marquis offers guests large rooms, a state of the art fitness center, a grand atrium, and a revolving rooftop restaurant with stellar views of the city. The entire RailTrends program will be located at the Marriott Marquis property.

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Contact Us

Questions about the event

Amy Brown

Director of Events and Education
(414) 228-7701 ext 458

Questions about sponsorship

Kirk Bastyr

(502) 500-3524


Platinum Sponsor

Oliver Wyman

Virtual Happy Hour Sponsor

Bloom Global

Gold Sponsors

Bloom Global
The Greenbrier Companies
Norfolk Southern
Terra Pact
Trinity Rail

Silver Sponsors

Amsted Digital Solutions
Andrew Stahl
Hum Industrial
Navis Rail
Wabtec Corporation
WVCO Railroad Solutions