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CHICAGO - May 21-24, 2024

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Now in its 29th year, the Wheel/Rail Interaction Conference (WRI '24) will be held in Chicago, IL, the site of the very first conference in 1994. The Wheel Rail Interaction Conference is designed to inform and educate professionals who work for railroads, transit agencies, contractors, government regulators, researchers, and consulting firms. The conference focuses on the complex and critical interaction between the wheel and the rail (vehicle/track).

WRI '24 conference is three freestanding seminars: The Rail Transit Seminar on May 21, the Principles of Wheel/Rail Interaction on May 22 and the Heavy Haul Seminar on May 23-24, 2024. We welcome back our Presenting Sponsor for the Rail Transit Seminar - Mass Transit Magazine and welcome for the very first time, our new Presenting Sponsor for the Heavy Haul Seminar - Railway Track & Structures (RT&S).

WRI

for Continuing Education

The Wheel Rail Interaction Conference is a dynamic event that continually seeks to inspire learning and innovation. By attending, you will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) toward fulfilling your annual Professional Engineering (PE or P.Eng) requirements.

WRI

for Technical Presentations

Hear from industry leading experts on the latest information on new and existing technology and how it's used to improve wheel/rail & vehicle/track interaction on freight, light rail & metro systems.

WRI

for Professional Networking

WRI offers a unique platform for fostering meaningful connections and creating lasting impressions. The opportunities for knowledge exchange, identifying new prospects, and enhancing visibility make WRI a great place for professional growth and industry influence.

  • ExpoZone
    during the entire
    WRI 2024 Conference

    The ExpoZone is a strategically designed space within the WRI conference venue that serves as a prime location for sponsors to showcase their brands to a highly engaged and diverse audience.

    Learn how to become a sponsor [PDF]
  • InfoZone
    included with the
    Heavy Haul Seminar

    Our InfoZone partners offer high-quality technical information on wheel/rail interaction. These sessions are built into the Heavy Haul Seminar program and designed for small group interaction.

    Visit the InfoZone page!

WRI 2024 Schedule at a Glance

Conference Location:

Loews Chicago O'Hare

5300 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018

Attend one, two or all three seminars.

Monday, May 20, 2024 - CTA Tour (Full - at capacity)

12:30pm

Depart Chicago Loews O'Hare Hotel

1:00pm

Arrive at Skokie Shops

2:00pm

Leave Skokie Shops

2:30pm

Arrive at Ardmore for RPM tour

4:00pm - 6:00pm

On-Site registration at Chicago Loews O'Hare Hotel

4:30pm

Depart for return ride to Chicago Loews O'Hare Hotels
  1. On-Site Registration

    - CDT

  2. Breakfast in the ExpoZone

    - CDT

  3. Gordon Bachinsky

    Founder
    Wheel Rail Seminars

    Welcome and Introductory Remarks

    - CDT

  4. Richard Stock

    Global Head of Rail Solutions
    Plasser & Theurer

    A Technical Analysis of Rail Grinding and Milling

    - CDT

  5. Teodor Pirvoaica

    Senior Mechanical Engineer, Engineering Assets
    BC Rapid Transit Company

    Lei Chen

    Principal Engineer, Mechanical
    BC Rapid Transit Company

    Alexandre Woelfle

    Project Engineer
    National Research Council of Canada

    Wheel-Rail Dynamics and Performance of Vehicles with Steerable Bogies at Vancouver Skytrain

    - CDT

  6. Brad Kerchof

    Senior Track Engineer
    Advanced Rail Management/Global Rail Group

    Corrective Rail Grinding on Cleveland RTA’s Red Line

    - CDT

  7. Presentation of the annual Worth Award

    - CDT

  8. Stuart Grassie

    Consultant

    Studs and Squats: The Current Status

    - CDT

  9. Lunch in the ExpoZone

    - CDT

  10. Davey Mitchell

    Commercial Manager, Friction Management
    L.B. Foster Rail Technologies

    Practical Issues Relating to the Implementation of Friction Management Systems

    - CDT

  11. Rail Transit Focus Topic moderated by Briony Croft

    Director, Sahaya Consulting (Canada) and Acoustic Studio (Australia)

    Focus topic: Wheel/Rail Interaction and Vehicle Design

    - CDT

  12. Shankar Rajaram

    Executive Project Director, Revenue Vehicles - Operations Department
    Sound Transit

    Developing Wheel/Rail Interaction Study requirements for a new Light Rail Vehicle Contract in North America

    - CDT

  13. Kevin McClain

    Director of Mechanical System Engineering
    Siemens Mobility Inc.

    Vehicle Design — Simulation Methods Using Measured Track Datasets

    - CDT

  14. Beñat Sarasola

    Vehicle-Track Dynamics Engineer
    CAF/Spain

    In-Service Monitoring of Wheel Wear to Determine Critical Factors and Optimize Maintenance Strategies

    - CDT

  15. Sergio Perez

    Manager of Carbody & Calculation in the Truck Engineering and Development Department
    Stadler Valencia

    A Case Study: Analysis of Ground Vibrations Produced by LRVs

    - CDT

  16. Closing Remarks

    - CDT

  17. Rail Transit Reception in the ExpoZone

    - CDT

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Employee Registration

Employee Pricing is designed for direct, full time employees of qualifying railroads, transit agencies and government agencies. (You must be paid directly from a railroad, transit agency or government agency and receive a W-2 or similar). No Contractors are eligible for Employee Pricing.

Employees registering for more than one event will receive special Multi-Event Discounts.

Employee Registration - Individual Event Pricing

Rail Transit Seminar (1 Day)

Cost: $600

May 21, 2024

Principles Course (1 Day)

Cost: $450

May 22, 2024

Heavy Haul Seminar (2 Days)

Cost: $1,000

May 23 - 24, 2024

Employee Registration - Multi-Event Pricing

Rail Transit Seminar Plus Principles Course (2 Days)

Cost: $850

May 21 - 22, 2024

Heavy Haul Seminar Plus Principles Course (3 Days)

Cost: $1,300

May 22-24, 2024

Rail Transit Seminar Plus Principles Course Plus Heavy Haul Seminar Seminar (4 Days)

Cost: $1,650

May 21 - 24, 2024

Professional Registration

Professional Pricing is for suppliers, contractors, consultants and others who are not an employee of a railroad, transit agency or government agency.

Professionals registering for more than one event will receive special Multi-Event Discounts.

Professional Registration - Individual Event Pricing

Rail Transit Seminar (1 Day)

Cost: $750

May 21, 2024

Principles Course (1 Day)

Cost: $600

May 22, 2024

Heavy Haul Seminar (2 Days)

Cost: $1,200

May 23 - 24, 2024

Professional Registration - Multi-Event Pricing

Rail Transit Seminar Plus Principles Course (2 Days)

Cost: $1,150

May 21 - 22, 2024

Heavy Haul Seminar Plus Principles Course (3 Days)

Cost: $1,600

May 22 - 24, 2024

Rail Transit Seminar Plus Principles Course Plus Heavy Haul Seminar Seminar (4 Days)

Cost: $1,950

May 21 - 24, 2024

Virtual Option

All attendees are eligible for the following virtual pricing.

Attendees registering for more than one event will receive special Multi-Event Discounts.

Virtual Registration - Individual Event Pricing

Rail Transit Seminar (1 Day)

Cost: $300

May 21, 2024

Principles Course (1 Day)

Cost: $300

May 22, 2024

Heavy Haul Seminar (2 Days)

Cost: $500

May 23 - 24, 2024

Virtual Registration - Multi-Event Pricing

Rail Transit Seminar Plus Principles Course (2 Days)

Cost: $500 (Save $100)

May 21 - 22, 2024

Heavy Haul Seminar Plus Principles Course (3 Days)

Cost: $650 (Save $150)

May 22 - 24, 2024

Rail Transit Seminar Plus Principles Course Plus Heavy Haul Seminar Seminar (4 Days)

Cost: $800 (Save $300)

May 21 - 24, 2024

Thank you to our sponsors

MassTransit Presenting SponsorRT&S Presenting SponsorPlatinum Sponsor Amsted RailPlatinum Sponsor EnscoPlatinum Sponsor LoramPlatinum Sponsor Plasser AmericanGold Sponsor HollandGold Sponsor GoldschmidtGold Sponsor VosslohGold Sponsor HBKPlatinum Sponsor Sperry RailGold Sponsor Wayside Inspection DevicesCloud ARM GRGSilver AthenaCloud LbfosterSilver Sponsor Railroad SoftwareSilver Sponsor Robel GroupSilver Sponsor Interface JournalLinsinger Silver SponsorRemsa Silver SponsorInfoZone Sponsor FTSInfoZone Sponsor BossPacSilver Sponsor WabtecSilver Sponsor Rhombnerg SersaBronze Sponsor Steel DynamicsBronze Sponsor Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers
MassTransit Presenting SponsorRT&S Presenting SponsorPlatinum Sponsor Amsted RailPlatinum Sponsor EnscoPlatinum Sponsor LoramPlatinum Sponsor Plasser AmericanGold Sponsor HollandGold Sponsor GoldschmidtGold Sponsor VosslohGold Sponsor HBKPlatinum Sponsor Sperry RailGold Sponsor Wayside Inspection DevicesCloud ARM GRGSilver AthenaCloud LbfosterSilver Sponsor Railroad SoftwareSilver Sponsor Robel GroupSilver Sponsor Interface JournalLinsinger Silver SponsorRemsa Silver SponsorInfoZone Sponsor FTSInfoZone Sponsor BossPacSilver Sponsor WabtecSilver Sponsor Rhombnerg SersaBronze Sponsor Steel DynamicsBronze Sponsor Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers
MassTransit Presenting SponsorRT&S Presenting SponsorPlatinum Sponsor Amsted RailPlatinum Sponsor EnscoPlatinum Sponsor LoramPlatinum Sponsor Plasser AmericanGold Sponsor HollandGold Sponsor GoldschmidtGold Sponsor VosslohGold Sponsor HBKPlatinum Sponsor Sperry RailGold Sponsor Wayside Inspection DevicesCloud ARM GRGSilver AthenaCloud LbfosterSilver Sponsor Railroad SoftwareSilver Sponsor Robel GroupSilver Sponsor Interface JournalLinsinger Silver SponsorRemsa Silver SponsorInfoZone Sponsor FTSInfoZone Sponsor BossPacSilver Sponsor WabtecSilver Sponsor Rhombnerg SersaBronze Sponsor Steel DynamicsBronze Sponsor Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers
MassTransit Presenting SponsorRT&S Presenting SponsorPlatinum Sponsor Amsted RailPlatinum Sponsor EnscoPlatinum Sponsor LoramPlatinum Sponsor Plasser AmericanGold Sponsor HollandGold Sponsor GoldschmidtGold Sponsor VosslohGold Sponsor HBKPlatinum Sponsor Sperry RailGold Sponsor Wayside Inspection DevicesCloud ARM GRGSilver AthenaCloud LbfosterSilver Sponsor Railroad SoftwareSilver Sponsor Robel GroupSilver Sponsor Interface JournalLinsinger Silver SponsorRemsa Silver SponsorInfoZone Sponsor FTSInfoZone Sponsor BossPacSilver Sponsor WabtecSilver Sponsor Rhombnerg SersaBronze Sponsor Steel DynamicsBronze Sponsor Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers
MassTransit Presenting SponsorRT&S Presenting SponsorPlatinum Sponsor Amsted RailPlatinum Sponsor EnscoPlatinum Sponsor LoramPlatinum Sponsor Plasser AmericanGold Sponsor HollandGold Sponsor GoldschmidtGold Sponsor VosslohGold Sponsor HBKPlatinum Sponsor Sperry RailGold Sponsor Wayside Inspection DevicesCloud ARM GRGSilver AthenaCloud LbfosterSilver Sponsor Railroad SoftwareSilver Sponsor Robel GroupSilver Sponsor Interface JournalLinsinger Silver SponsorRemsa Silver SponsorInfoZone Sponsor FTSInfoZone Sponsor BossPacSilver Sponsor WabtecSilver Sponsor Rhombnerg SersaBronze Sponsor Steel DynamicsBronze Sponsor Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers
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WRI Announcements

Wheel Rail Seminars announces two WRI 2025 conferences!

Now in its 30th year, Wheel Rail Seminars is thrilled to announce some exciting developments for the upcoming WRI Conference in 2025! To better cater to the diverse needs of our attendees, the WRI Conference will split into two specialized conferences - WRI 2025 Heavy Haul Conference to be held in Kansas City, MO from June 10-12, 2025 and WRI 2025 Rail Transit Conference to be held in Seattle, WA in the Fall of 2025. See more details

Congratulations Stuart Grassie, the WRI 2024 Worth Award Winner

Stuart Grassie Worth Award

Congratulations to Stuart Grassie for receiving this year's Art Worth Award at the WRI '24 Conference in Chicago!

The Art Worth Award presented by Wheel Rail Seminars at the annual Wheel/Rail Interaction Conference, is named after Art Worth, Retired as Senior Manager, Standards - Advanced Technology at Canadian National, and was known throughout the industry as a walking encyclopedia of railway engineering, standards, and practices. The award is a Lifetime Achievement Recognition.

WRI 2024 HOST HOTEL

loews-hotel
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
5300 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Making Reservations/Discounted Rate:

The Conference room Block at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel has expired. There are a limited number of rooms available through the Conference Coordinator.

If you require a hotel room for WRI '24, please contact:

Brandon Koenig at brandon@wheel-rail-seminars.com

The Remaining Rooms will be on a first come basis and can not be guaranteed at this late date.

Room Deposits/Guarantees:

Hotel reservations requires a credit card guarantee to secure your room reservation. Should you need to cancel your reservation, reservations must be canceled a minimum of 48 hours prior to arrival, 5PM hotel time, to avoid a one night cancellation penalty.

Reservation Confirmation:

You will receive your hotel confirmation email directly from the hotel.

Reservation must be cancelled by 5:00pm, local hotel time, two days prior to arrival date. Failure to cancel by 5:00pm, 48 hours prior will result in the loss of one night's room and tax on your credit card.