by University of Wisconsin Superior
Posted on Jul 18, 2018
Transportation and Logistics Research Center hosts Rail and Intermodal Summer Youth Program
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center partnered with Michigan Technological University to host the 9th annual Rail and Intermodal Summer Youth Program in July.
The 16 high school participants coming from as far away as New York, Florida and Colorado began the event at Michigan Tech before arriving in the Superior-Duluth region for two days of industry tours.
Participants toured a BNSF railroad yard and maintenance facility in Superior and had the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Halvor Lines trucking company and drive a semi-truck simulator.
Participants also assisted a Wisconsin Department of Transportation intern and UW-Superior Transportation and Logistics Management student Hunter Alitz analyze a highway rail crossing for compliance with state law.
A tour of the Canadian National’s rail intermodal terminal in Duluth, which opened in 2017, was a new feature of the program this year. The two employees who led the terminal tour, Brian Granholm and Natalie Berger, are both graduates of Transportation and Logistics Management. Participants learned about the terminal’s operations, the maintenance and repair of containers, the kinds of products moving through the terminal, and how the Duluth terminal fits into the North American intermodal network. The reach stacker at the terminal was a favorite point of interest.
Before leaving the Twin Ports, the participants enjoyed a North Shore Scenic Railroad train ride from the Duluth depot to Lester River and back, as well as spending time looking at the array of locomotives and rolling stock at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.
“I had a fun time being around the students and getting the opportunity to go on all the tours with them,” said Allison Busick, UW-Superior Transportation and Logistics Management student and Summer Youth Program chaperone. “It was a great experience to see these enthusiastic kids come together to learn about rail and intermodal transportation.”
A special thank you to all of the companies and organizations which support this program to help recruit and train the next generation of transportation professionals.