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ASLRRA puts on a wide variety of educational meetings during the course of the year. From the Annual Convention and the three regional meetings to numerous safety training seminars to Railroad Day on Capitol Hill, meetings are truly the public face of the ASLRRA.

Annual Convention

ASLRRA holds an Annual Convention each Spring. This event encompasses an Annual Meeting and Breakout Tracks with an Exhibition. Meeting topics are determined by current trends, changes, or developments in the rail industry with timely presentations by industry leaders, safety experts and government officials. Attendees are railroad officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, rail supply representatives and government officials. This Exhibition is the only one dedicated to short line and regional railroads and the meeting attracts over 1,500 attendees.

2015 Connections Convention
March 28-31, 2015
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida
2016 Connections Convention
April 3-6, 2016
Gaylord National Harbor
National Harbor, MD (Washington, DC)
2017 Connections Convention
April 22-25, 2017
Gaylord Texan
Grapevine, TX

Regional Meetings

Additionally, ASLRRA holds Regional Meetings each Fall. Current trends, changes or developments in the industry determine topics for the business sessions. Attendees include railroad owners, operators, general managers, railroad supply industry representatives and government officials.

2014 Eastern Region Meeting
September 14-16, 2014
Hershey Lodge
Hershey, Pennsylvania

2014 Southern Region Meeting
October 12-14, 2014
Naples Grande Beach Resort (formerly the Waldorf Astoria Naples)
Naples, Florida

2014 Central Pacific Region Meeting
November 8-11, 2014
Worthington Renaissance Hotel
Fort Worth, Texas

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill

Early each year, the ASLRRA membership joins forces with the AAR, RSI, NRC, RSSI, REMSA, and other organizations to come to Washington, DC to bring the rail industry's message to Capitol Hill. In recent years, our combined memberships have participated in more than 250 Hill appointments as well as the Annual Legislative Dinner which takes place in conjunction with this event.

2015 Railroad Day on Capitol Hill
June 4, 2015
Renaissance Washington
Washington, DC

2016 Railroad Day on Capitol Hill
March 3, 2016
Renaissance Washington
Washington, DC
2017 Railroad Day on Capitol Hill
March 2, 2017
Renaissance Washington
Washington, DC


Finance & Administration Seminar and Legal Symposium


Once again in the meeting lineup for 2014, is the joint Finance & Administration Seminar and General Counsel Symposium. This meeting will cover timely topics that will put your company in front of the curve when it comes to having the information you need on the most current legal and financial topics.

Finance & Administration Seminar
October 27 - 28, 2014
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri

General Counsel Symposium
October 28 - 29, 2014
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri

ASLRRA/FRA Drug & Alcohol DER Training
October 29 - 30, 2014
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri

Safety Training Seminars


ASLRRA conducts Safety Training Seminars throughout the year on an as-required basis. Seminar topics are determined by current issues and new or changed federal regulations. Topics include Employee Safety Training, Engineer Certification, Drug and Alcohol Training, On-Track Safety Awareness, Roadway Worker Protection, Continuous Welded Rail, Hazardous Materials, Equipment Inspection and EPA Mentoring Programs. ASLRRA also works with federal agencies such as the Federal Railroad Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal Highway Administration to design training that keeps small railroads updated and informed on existing and new or changed regulations. Much of this training is conducted by the regulatory agencies with the assistance of ASLRRA and its members. Click above to view the current listing of Safety Training events.