THE RAIL SUMMIT 2013

THE ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF SHORT LINE RAILROADS

The Rail Summit 2013

October 24, 2013
Union League Club
Chicago, Illinois

Click here for the 2013 program.

The Rail Summit 2013

October 25, 2013
Union League Club
Chicago, Illinois

Click here for the 2013 program.

“The Role Short Lines Can Play in the Revitalization of the US Economy”

Brad Skinner Chairman, OmniTrax Inc., www.OmniTRAX.com

The DIOLKOS Award – 2013
Andrew Fox President, South Shore Freight www.SouthShoreFreight.com

The Rail Summit’s Diolkos Award recognizes an individual whose outstanding leadership and vision have highlighted the importance of rail’s impact on our economy.
In 2013, Andrew Fox, President of South Shore Freight, was honored with the Diolkos award for his inspiring leadership and vision. Fox has long been recognized as an outstanding leader in the railroad sector. Prior to assuming the Presidency of South Shore Freight, Fox developed and ran The Pacific Harbor Line Railroad which was named the 2009 Short Line Railroad of the Year by Railway Age Magazine. ​
The award is named Diolkos because of the Diolkos wagonway that dates back to 600 B.C. and is considered to be the ancestor of the railway. While some dispute aspects of this archaeological discovery, there is agreement that it was used to transport boats over the Isthmus of Corinth. Men and animals pulled wheeled vehicles along limestone grooves, referred to as the original tracks. These grooves kept the heavily loaded wagons on the route. Evidence substantiates the fact that this 6 km to 8.5 km wagonway, the original Short Line, was used for more than 600 years, until 100 A.D. Although it took mankind nearly two millennia for the transcontinental railroad to be developed and jumpstart our national economy, the impact, efficiency, and profitability of Short Line Railroads on our economy continues to increase significantly year after year.

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