The 10th iteration of our annual RailTrends summit, held Nov. 20-21 in New York City, may have been our best yet — yes, we say it pretty much every year, but it doesn't make it any less true. Event takeaways? There were plenty. In our December issue, RailTrends program consultant and independent analyst Tony Hatch offers up his top 10 list, with the Chicago problem, in my view, as the story with the most legs as we turn the page on 2014. Coping with rail network congestion in the Windy City, or finding ways to minimize or steer clear of same, are key to the North American freight railroads' near-term fortunes, as it were. Meanwhile, it was great to reconnect with longtime friends and savvy RailTrends veterans, equally great to meet many other rail realmers. Thanks to the presenters (here are a few snapshots), attendees and sponsors who helped make RailTrends 2014 a place for strategists, analysts, suppliers, shippers, consultants and other thinkers to share insights, ideas and concerns (e.g., Chicago). See you next November in NYC.
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