Railway Interchange trade show and conference postponed to 2023
Railway Interchange, the biennial rail conference and exhibition that is the largest event of its kind in North America, has been postponed to 2023. The event had been set for September 2021 in Indianapolis. In a message on its website, organizers say they have made the “difficult decision” to postpone, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and global reach of the event means they are “ultimately unable to guarantee a safe and successful event that would meet the goals and expectations of our exhibitors, attendees, and other industry partners.” The next Railway Interchange is now set for Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2023, in Indianapolis.
Norfolk Southern train derails in Front Royal, Va.
No injuries were reported when 15 cars of a Norfolk Southern train derailed Thursday afternoon in Front Royal, Va. The Northern Virginia Daily reports no hazardous materials were involved, with preliminary information indicating the cars involved included loads of paper, wood pulp boards, and steel plates. A railroad spokeswoman said railroad personnel and contractors were on site for cleanup, and did not have an estimate when service would be restored. Front Royal is about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C.
Northern Indiana transit officer involved in shooting at Chicago South Shore Line station
A Northern Indiana Commuter Transit police officer will be placed on administrative leave during investigation of an shooting Thursday at the South Shore Line Hegewisch station in South Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times report a 33-year-old passenger was reported in critical condition at the University of Chicago medical center after being shot in the abdomen during an altercation with the officer. WLS-TV reports the incident began when the 33-year-old man confronted crew members on board a train at Hammond, Ind.; the train’s conductor called police for assistance, and the shooting occurred during an altercation when police tried to remove the man from the train. The officer, a 15-year veteran of the department, was taken to a hospital with a facial injury. Chicago police, who were not involved in the incident, are investigating the shooting.