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Northwestern University Transportation Center Hagestad Sandhouse Rail Group presents: Rails 2021: CP+KSU, CNI/TCI, the STB….plus REAL-RR bidness

When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Central

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Bret Johnson   (847) 491-2194

Group: Transportation Center Sandhouse Gang

Category: Academic


Anthony B. Hatch

Senior Transportation Analyst & Financial Consultant

ABH Consulting  


Hatch is a Senior Transportation Analyst with over twenty-five years of experience covering what he has named the “Railroad Renaissance.” He founded ABH consulting, which focuses on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface and intermodal transportation, in 1999 after 15 years Wall Street experience. He previously worked at Salomon Brothers, Argus, PaineWebber and Natwest Markets (USA). He provides traditional institutional transport research, and due diligence and other services to new forms of transport investment such as private equity, infrastructure, and hedge funds in such areas as intermodal, rail maintenance and construction, railcars, and 3PLS.

When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 12:00pm CT


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About: Sandhouse Rail Group

The Hagestad Sandhouse Rail Group began in 2002 as an effort to connect active and veteran rail practitioners with students and academics interested in rail-related issues. Named for Douglas Dean Hagestad, a primary group founder who passed away in 2007, Sandhouse meetings typically feature presentations from field experts and are followed by open forum discussions. 

Locomotives carry sand for traction, because steel wheels on steel rails sometimes slip, particularly in wet conditions.  In railroading's classic era, the sand for this purpose was dried in engine terminals in small buildings known as sandhouses.  With their sand-drying heaters, sandhouses were among the few warm places in the terminal, so they served an important function in bringing together many of the different roles in rail—hostlers, engineers, brakemen, oilers, maintenance technicians, carmen, etc.—away from management. This allowed a free exchange of facts, stories, and rumors. The Hagestad Sandhouse Rail Group is a continuation of such practices, aiming to stoke lively discussion and spur new ideas for the rail industry.



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