Dan Hampton and Wesley Thomas presented as part of 26th Annual Wheel Rail Interaction Conference (WRI 2021).

CSX presented case study of designing new rail profiles with National Research Council of Canada and Sentient Science, including:

  • Lessons from multiple iterations of rail profile designs, leading to an improved rail profile for sharp curves
  • Rail life extension testing of each iteration with DigitalClone for Rail software
  • $15M+ economic annual savings of improving rail profile on CSX sharp curves


Dan Hampton
Daniel Hampton is the Manager of Contract Services for CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, FL, responsible for the contract programs of rail grinding, shoulder ballast cleaning, ditching, undercutting, yard cleaning, and vegetation management.

Daniel started on CSX in 2003 as a manager in Maintenance of Way in Fort Lauderdale, FL, working on the double track construction project between West Palm Beach and Miami, FL. He then worked four years in Design and Construction as a Project Engineer in Cincinnati, OH, managing over $32M of projects that included drainage, tunnels, bridges, roadbed stabilization, siding additions, line speed increases, flat yard, and hump yard projects. In 2010, he moved to Jacksonville, FL, to work in the cross-functional Process Excellence department as an Industrial Engineer and then as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt supporting the Engineering department. In 2014, he received the Chairman’s Award of Excellence for work as an Enterprise Asset Management Project Manager, before beginning his current job in 2015.

Dan has a BS in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is also a graduate of the Army Field Artillery School, the Army Ranger School, and is a current member of Subcommittee 9 in Committee 4 – Rail.


Presenter Wesley Thomas
Vice President, Rail

Wesley Thomas leads Sentient Science’s DigitalClone for Rail business, and the Vehicle Track Interaction (VTI) Economics Group for the ICRI-RCF.

He has presented work at WRI 2018, APTA Rail 2018, Contact Mechanics 2018, ICRI-RCF 2019, Transit State of Good Repair 2021, and Progressive Railroading.

He works closely with customers and partners to connect science, digital tools, and financial value analysis to help organizations improve asset management, supply chain, and maintenance. For railroads, he is focused on helping providing evidence to quantify the value of methods to achieve cost savings for rail.

Wesley received an Honours in Business Administration degree from Western University's Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.