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Railroad Track Inspection & Safety Standards

03/06/2023 - 03/10/2023

Track is the foundation of the railroad’s physical plant. Although railroad track components are relatively simple in concept, they interact in a complex fashion to form a system capable of withstanding the extremely large forces applied by rail vehicles. Safe and reliable train operations rely upon the track system remaining within established specifications. Because the combined effects of traffic and environment degrade track, regular inspection is essential to identify defects and initiate remedial action before problems develop. This course describes track defects and acceptable corrective actions, presents a recommended methodology for conducting inspections, and discusses in depth the Federal Track Safety Standards in 49 CFR, Part 213.

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SWARS Annual Meeting

03/29/2023 - 03/30/2023

San Antonio, TX


ASLRRA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2023

04/02/2023 - 04/04/2023

April 2-4, 2023
New Orleans, LA


NEARS Spring Conference

04/19/2023 - 04/23/2023

Newport, RI


Basic Railroad Track Maintenance

05/08/2023 - 05/09/2023

This workshop provides two days of classroom instruction on basic track maintenance practices, with an emphasis on shortline, branchline, and industrial freight track of FRA Class I or II (25 mph or less). The participant will learn to identify:

  • the basic elements of railroad track,
  • maintenance issues,
  • principles of maintenance planning, and maintenance approaches suited for various types of track, and
  • focus areas include drainage, turnouts and track crossings, crossties, continuous welded rail, and track geometry

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Railroad Track Design

05/10/2023 - 05/12/2023

This 2 and 1/2 day class addresses the design of railroad track, including horizontal and vertical alignment, cross section, turnouts and crossings, component selection, earthwork, drainage, and clearances. The design approaches highlight applicable AREMA recommendations and general industry practices. The attendee will learn how traffic characteristics and operational requirements affect design. The coverage distinguishes between high-speed, conventional, rapid transit, and light-rail systems. The course includes examples that showcase and help the student understand typical design procedures.

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Railroad Bridge Inspection

05/22/2023 - 05/24/2023

Objectives and Benefits:

  • Present and describe bridge terminology and functions of bridge components
  • Present bridge inspection procedures and a format for documentation of the inspection process
  • Acquire an understanding of the basic maintenance and rehabilitation practices

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Railroad Track Inspection & Safety Standards

06/12/2023 - 06/16/2023

Track is the foundation of the railroad’s physical plant. Although railroad track components are relatively simple in concept, they interact in a complex fashion to form a system capable of withstanding the extremely large forces applied by rail vehicles. Safe and reliable train operations rely upon the track system remaining within established specifications. Because the combined effects of traffic and environment degrade track, regular inspection is essential to identify defects and initiate remedial action before problems develop. This course describes track defects and acceptable corrective actions, presents a recommended methodology for conducting inspections, and discusses in depth the Federal Track Safety Standards in 49 CFR, Part 213.

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Tracks to the Future Summer Program

06/19/2023 - 06/23/2023

Summer Program in Railroad Transportation & Engineering Open for Applications

Railroads are the high-tech and environmentally sensitive transportation mode! Don't believe us? Come and learn why railroads remain the most energy-efficient mode of transportation. Engage with faculty from Universities across the country as you uncover what forms modern railroad track, explore equipment from around the globe and analyze communications/control systems.

Registration is now open with a deadline of March 12th for the first cut on session and location options.  We will continue to accept applications after that on a first come, first served basis until each session/locations is filled.  After locations are filled, applicants will be offered slots at remaining open locations.

With funding from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), we have expanded our summer program to 120 students and 6 universities! Michigan Tech, Penn State Altoona, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the University of South Carolina, the University of New Mexico, and California State University, Fresno have teamed up to offer up to 120 high school students across the U.S. an exciting opportunity to learn more about rail transportation and engineering in Summer 2023. All applicants who are accepted for the program will receive scholarships that cover the program fees, so don't wait, encourage your favorite student to get an application in today!

  • Open to high school students (who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 in Fall 2023
  • 20 full scholarships are available at each site!

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MARS Summer Meeting

07/10/2023 - 07/11/2023

Lake Geneva, WI


Railroad Track Inspection & Safety Standards

09/11/2023 - 09/15/2023

Track is the foundation of the railroad’s physical plant. Although railroad track components are relatively simple in concept, they interact in a complex fashion to form a system capable of withstanding the extremely large forces applied by rail vehicles. Safe and reliable train operations rely upon the track system remaining within established specifications. Because the combined effects of traffic and environment degrade track, regular inspection is essential to identify defects and initiate remedial action before problems develop. This course describes track defects and acceptable corrective actions, presents a recommended methodology for conducting inspections, and discusses in depth the Federal Track Safety Standards in 49 CFR, Part 213.

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SWARS Semi-Annual Meeting

09/26/2023 - 09/27/2023

San Diego, CA


Railway Interchange

10/01/2023 - 10/04/2023

Railway Interchange is the largest combined railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. Attended by nearly 10,000 industry professionals from around the globe, this truly massive event showcases the latest technology, services, and research by members of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), and Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI). Railway Interchange also features technical presentations and discussions by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA).


NEARS Fall Conference

10/04/2023 - 10/06/2023

Portland, ME


Railroad Track Inspection & Safety Standards

11/06/2023 - 11/10/2023

Track is the foundation of the railroad’s physical plant. Although railroad track components are relatively simple in concept, they interact in a complex fashion to form a system capable of withstanding the extremely large forces applied by rail vehicles. Safe and reliable train operations rely upon the track system remaining within established specifications. Because the combined effects of traffic and environment degrade track, regular inspection is essential to identify defects and initiate remedial action before problems develop. This course describes track defects and acceptable corrective actions, presents a recommended methodology for conducting inspections, and discusses in depth the Federal Track Safety Standards in 49 CFR, Part 213.

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MARS Winter Meeting

01/09/2024 - 01/11/2024

Lombard, IL


NEARS Spring Conference

04/24/2024 - 04/26/2024

Saratoga Springs, NY