Bismarck, ND, Austin, TX, and Indianapolis, IN — In a series of rail technology “showcases” at three state capitals, GoRail recently had the opportunity to discuss with dozens of local leaders and state legislators. Below is a look at the events in Bismarck, Austin and Indianapolis, which featured an array of rail tech, from drones to track inspection systems to bridge impact tech. rail innovation GoRail helped coordinate the North Dakota Rail Tech Showcase in Bismarck on January 22. Here, GoRail State Director Larry Lloyd shares a shot of an attendee, Christopher Kalash of the North Dakota Chamber, experiencing the #RailTech virtual reality video. BNSF Railway displayed drones and discussed its equipment detectors in North Dakota, which monitor 2 million carloads a year and help find problems before they happen. Next up, Texas Railroad Day at the capitol in Austin. GoRail assisted with a technology showcase event as part of the day and also displayed the rail tech virtual reality experience. Here, GoRail State Director Weston McKee poses with the #RailTech virtual reality headset as the day begins. Showcase attendees enjoy learning more about freight rail’s use of drones, smart sensors, ultrasound and other tech, via virtual reality. GoRail State Director Weston McKee shares a shot of showcase attendees. More than 70 people interacted with the displays over the course of the day. Rail supplier Georgetown Rail Equipment Company Georgetown Rail exhibited its “Aurora,” a track inspection system. GE fielded a booth to explain its technology and ties to the industry. At its booth, SENSR presented on bridge impact detection. BNSF showcased a locomotive simulator as well as its drone projects. On January 30, several days after the tech showcases in North Dakota and Texas, GoRail Indiana State Director Michael Gaynor joined other rail advocates for a technology showcase at the statehouse in Indianapolis. Here, someone learns about rail innovation via virtual reality in the rotunda of the Indiana statehouse.