The following is a list of Professional Associations related to freight cars and locomotives which I culled from various trade magazines. There are other organizations whose focus is track/MOW which I'll try and list someday when I have nothing better to do ;-).
Associations related to freight cars and locomotives The Air Brake Association Provides an outlet to obtain higher efficiency in air brake service. Annual technical conference is held once a year as part of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations, for the purpose of extending knowledge to others who attend the meeting or non- attending members through its annual Proceedings and other bulletins and manuals. P.O. Box No. 1 Wilmerding,PA 15148-0001 (412) 825-1465 or (219) 874-3129 D.K. Koerner, President (CSXT), 500 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32202; (904) 3592358, Fax (904) 359-3965 H.T. Jones, 1st Vice President (UP), 320 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101; (801) 595-3862, Fax (801) 595-3887 J.R. Mecaskey, 2nd Vice President (ATSF), 1001 N.E. Atchison, Topeka, KS 66616; (913) 295-5705, Fax (913) 295-5026 Tom Wojcik, 3rd Vice President (CP Rail), P.O. Box 6042, Stn. A, Room 900, Montreal, PQ, Canada H3C 3E4; (514) 395-6877, Fax (514) 395-7344 1993 Annual Technical Conference, Sept. 12-15, Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL.; 1994 Annual Technical Conference, Chicago Hilton, Sept. 18-21. American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners Devoted to private railroad passenger cars. Primarily involved in representing individual passenger car owners before Amtrak, AAR, FRA and various legislative bodies. 421 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 547-5696 M. Diane Elliott, Executive Director 1993 Annual Meeting and Convention, Oct 20-24, Sacramento, CA. American Railway Car Institute Advances the common interests of those engaged in freight car manufacturing, engineering, designing, marketing and economics. Collects and supplies information of value within its membership with respect to the railway car industry. 700 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria,VA 22314 (703) 549-5662 John E. Carroll, Jr., Chairman (Thrall Car Manufacturing Co.) William L. Snelgrove, Vice President (Union Tank Car Co.) L. Dale Gaeth, Executive Director The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Rail Transportation Division A Division of the ASME that provides mechanical engineers in the railroad and transit industry a means for dealing with railroad mechanical engineering problems. It also advances the art and science of mechanical engineering in the railroad industry. The presentation of technical papers and reports are an important part of the Rail Transportation Division activity. Thomas S. Larson, Chairman, Room 1202J305, CSX Transportation, Inc., Jacksonville, FL 32202; (904) 359-3671 Grant H. Arrasmith, Manager-Division Affairs, 4012 SE 19th Ave., #C203, Cape Coral, FL 33904; (813) 945-0466 Elio Manes, ASME Staff, 345 E. 47th St., MS 5A, New York, NY 10017; (212) 705-7797 1993 Fall Rail Transportation Division Conference, Oct. 19-21, Arts Center, Pueblo, CO; 1993 Winter Annual Meeting of ASME, Dec. 13, New Orleans, LA. Association of Car Accounting & Car Service Officers A forum for information and problems that enables the car accounting officers to keep abreast of changes and advances. 100 N. Charles St., B05E Baltimore,MD 21201 (410) 237-1 580 Pat Leahy, Secretary-Treasurer Car Department Officers Association Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge pertaining to the safe and economical operation of rail and transit cars; to the exchange of ideas and advances in car construction, maintenance and operation; and to make constructive recommendations to the Association of American Railroads. It also functions as a member of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations, including the joint technical conference held every September. 1039 S. Finley Rd. Lombard, IL 60148 (708) 627-4714 Douglas Sizemore, President (ATSF Rwy.) Gary Griffiths, 1st Vice President (IC RR) Peter Lagana, 2nd Vice President (Conrail) Robert Nadrowski, 3rd Vice President (WC) Edward Tellalian, Secretary 1993 Annual Technical Conference, Sept. 1315, Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL. Chicago Car Interchange Bureau Coordinates and processes activities involving the interchange of freight cars in the Chicago terminal area. 3700 W. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60632 (312) 247-3300 Walter Helmus,Jr.,Superintendent(Chicago, IL) Chicago Railroad Car Accounting Officers Association Car accountants from both the railroad industry and the private car line industry dealing with matters local to Chicago or the industry as a whole. P.O. Box 5062 Rosemont, IL 60018 (708) 318-4721 Lee A. Hirsch, Chairman (Manager-Equipment Accounting, Wisconsin Central, Ltd.) M.A. Carson, Treasurer, (708) 957-5946 Meetings: Third Friday of March, June, Sept., Nov. and Dec. Committee of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations Coordinates the activities of four major railroad mechanical organizations and also works in coordination with the activities of the Railway Supply Association. The four organizations are the Air Brake Association,Car Department Officers Association, Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association, and International Association of Railway Operating Officers. 1694 Helmholz Rd. Sturgeon Bay, Wl 54235 (414) 743-2822 Ralph L. Johnson, Chairman (C&NW) Douglas M. Sizemore, Member (ATSF) L. Dale Gaeth, Secretary 1993 Annual Technical Conference, Sept. 1215, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL. Intermodal Association of North America The association's mission is to promote the benefits of intermodal freight transportation and encourage its growth through innovation and dialogue. 6410 Kenilworth Ave.,5-108 Riverdale, MD 20737 (301)864-2661, Fax(301)864-4163 John A. McQuaid, President Donald G. Mclnnes, Chairman (ATSF) Richard W. Sanders, Vice Chairman (ITCO) Richard H. Dorsey, Secretary-Treasurer (MOL Intermodal) Meetings: Oct. 17-20,1993, Nashville, TN; Feb. 20-23,1994, San Diego, CA. International Association of Railway Operating Officers (Formerly Ry. Fuel & Opr. Officers Assn.) The focus of the association is on locomotive operation and train handling, as an organization for the improvement of its members in an educational way, and advancement of the interest of the railroads through the adoption of the best methods of improving locomotive operation and train handling. The association's technical conference is held annually in September as part of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations for impartial discussion of subjects for the betterment of its members and for the railroad industry as a whole. Its book of Proceedings is issued to all members and contains the presentations and discussions. Also issued is a bi-monthly bulletin and two manuals on Locomotive Operation, as well as a Fuel Conservation booklet, suitable for training classes. One Leo Drive Bloomington, IL 61701 (309) 827-3870 L.G. Finnerty, President (CN Rail) B.D. Sanders, 1 st Vice President (KCS) J.C. Kissinger, 2nd Vice President (CSX) G.J. Hickey, 3rd Vice President (BC Rail) M.L. Volkmar (C&NW) W.N. Hull, Secretary-Treasurer 1993 Annual Meeting, Sept. 12-15, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL. Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association International Association of railroad officers whose responsibilities and interests are concerned with the repair and maintenance of railroad locomotives and shop-related equipment. The LMOA is one of four member groups of the Committee of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations. Its purpose is to provide locomotive maintenance information to railroads and affiliates; to exchange maintenance experience and information with members of the association, locomotive builders and the railroad supply industry; and to make constructive recommendations on locomotive maintenance procedures through technical committee reports. These technical committee reports are developed by six technical committees that are: Diesel Electrical Maintenance; Diesel Mechanical Maintenance; Shop Equipment; Fuel, Lubricants and Environmental; New Developments; and Diesel Material Control. 6047 S. Mobile Ave. Chicago, IL 60638 (312) 586-9780 Weylin R. Doyle, President (UP) Mark A. Coles, 1 st Vice President (UP) Glen Peters, 2nd Vice President (ATSF) Charles Miller, 3rd Vice President (UP) Ronald J. Pondel, Secretary-Treasurer 1993 Annual Meeting, Sept. 13-15, Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL. Mechanical Training Officers Association Provides clearing house and means for joint advancement of training activities of railroad mechanical groups. Activities are in training procedures, equipment and facilities. The association also works jointly in developing training aids and programs involving motive power, cars and railroad shops. Box 1 393 Roseville, CA 95678 (916) 449-1822 H.M. Bothum, President (CR) H.E. Shaw, 1 st Vice President (Amtrak) P. Truburg, 2nd Vice President (PATH) B.P. Theriualt, 3rd Vice President (Guilford Transportation) G.L. Putnam, Secretary-Treasurer(SP) National Association of Purchasing Management, Rail Industry Group The purpose of the group is to provide NAPM purchasing and materials management members in the Rail Industry Group with an opportunity to discuss and exchange information and knowledge on a cooperative basis. Consolidated Rail Corp. 2001 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19101-1409 (215) 209-4119 P.H. Wilson, Chairman (Conrail) F.A. Quinto, 1 st Vice Chairman (TTX) F. Wallace, 2nd Vice Chairman (CP Rail) M.L. Legg, Secretary-Treasurer (UP) Railway Fuel & Operating Officers Assn. (See International Association of Railway Operating Officers) Railway Progress Institute The RPI is an international association of railroad suppliers devoted to unifying and advancing the role of rail transportation. Directly related to the freight car is its Committee on Tank Cars, which pursues safety research and nego- tiated car compensation matters with the railroads, Committee on Equipment Leasing, which evaluates regulatory and public issues affecting lessors of freight rolling stock; and Committee on Taxation, which concerns itself with state tax initiatives directed toward freight rolling stock. Its Quality Assurance Working Group concerns itself with quality management programs and coordinating them with quality work of the railroads and the Association of American Railroads Mechanical Division. Suite 201 700 N. Fairfax St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 836-2332 L. Clark Wood, Chairman (Gunderson) Larry E. Salci, Vice Chairman (Bombardier) Robert A. Matthews, President Thomas D. Simpson, Vice President-Government Affairs Molly A. Hart, Vice President Nancy H. Wright Bowyer, Treasurer Annual Meeting, Nov. 11, 1993, Washington Hilton & Towers, Washington, DC. Railway Supply Association, Inc. The RSA sponsors periodical mechanical exhibitions and correlates its activities with those of the Coordinated Mechanical Association. It also engages in other special mechanical activities that bear a joint relationship between railroads and railroad supply companies. 1694 Helmholz Rd. Sturgeon Bay, Wl 54235 (414) 743-2822 P.J. Stoyanoff, President (TTX) J.G. Stark, Secretary (Miner) H.E. Tonn, Treasurer (CRS) L. Dale Gaeth, Executive Director Annual Meeting, Sept. 12-15, 1993 Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL; Committee of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations 1993 Annual Meeting, Sept. 12-15, 1993, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Chicago, IL.