CN is one of the sponsors of our fall conference. The annual conference takes a close
look at current issues affecting the safe and efficient movement of goods. Previous
conferences looked at the role of Memphis in the global supply chain and recovery
after a man-made or natural disaster. The 2009 conference is going to look into the
best practices of public/private partnerships. The date has a tentative date of November
In the future CN and the University of Memphis will be hosting a workshop for first
responders in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and Eastern Arkansas. The day long
workshop will focus on how to react to a derailment. It will include a half day of
classroom training taught by experts in the rail industry, followed by an afternoon
of field exercises and hands-on training with rail motive power and rolling stock.
Look for this workshop in the spring of 2010.
CN has also developed a more detailed and comprehensive training program that will
be offered at the University of Memphis. This would be a weeklong training session
that will cover in greater detail how to handle a rail accident.