Coordinated Mechanical Associations release agendas for Railway Interchange 2015

CMA logosMinneapolis, Minn. – August 19, 2015 – The Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA) have released agendas for their technical conferences, which will take place in conjunction with Railway Interchange 2015, the combined rail industry exhibition/conference to be held October 4-7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and BNSF Railway’s Northtown rail yard.

The CMA includes the Air Brake Association (ABA), the International Association of Railway Operating Officers (IAROO), the League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW), the Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association (LMOA) and Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS). The CMA sessions begin on October 5 and end October 6.

CMA leaders anticipate robust attendance for their Railway Interchange 2015 conference sessions.

“I am excited by the promise of a successful and informative convention in conjunction with Railway Interchange 2015,” noted ABA President Karen Carriere.

IAROO President Aaron Ratledge said, “Our members look forward to the great sessions and networking opportunities provided by Railway Interchange 2015, which presents an opportunity for us to demonstrate the benefits of our organization to a broader audience.”

Added LRIW President Susan Robertson, “Railway Interchange 2015 provides members of LRIW a valuable opportunity to meet and network with our peers in the industry.”

LMOA President Bob Harvilla said “Our mission, to offer improvements and recommendations for a safer and more reliable railroad operation, is well represented in the topics we will explore during our technical conference.”

Michael Reid, President of MARTS, added “This year we have a full agenda of current issues critical to every railcar maintenance professional, presented by professionals on the leading edge of today’s technology and regulations.”

The technical sessions of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations will follow the joint opening session and keynote address by retired US Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill on Monday, October 5. LRIW will present its “Outstanding Woman of the Year” award during the Monday opening general session.

  • The ABA program will feature timely topics, including the BNSF 90 CFM test waiver, Positive train Control, enhanced braking, mechanical training for compliance with CFR 49 section 243, the asset health strategic initiative, reducing asymmetrical wheel flange wear, a brake systems committee update, and more.
  • The IAROO agenda includes a joint session with ABA on the morning of October 5, and other topics including creative and effective operations testing, an update on liquified natural gas, and identifying and preventing human attention-related errors in railway operations.
  • LRIW has a top-notch roster of speakers, including: Operation Lifesaver President & CEO Joyce Rose; Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Director of Software, Products and Testing Services Kari Gonzales; Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers Executive Director Sylvia Newell; CN Sales Director Kelly Lewis; and ASLRRA President Linda Darr. The Women in Rail panel discussion will feature GE Transportation’s Kaleigh Reyes, CN Railroad’s Roquita Coleman, Alaska Railroad’s Wendy Lindskoog, and International Decal Management Corp.’s Tracy DeLeon. On Tuesday, October 6, the LRIW will host its annual Membership Meeting followed by a technical tour of Metro Transit’s St. Paul Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility.
  • The LMOA schedule has a number of technical papers that will be presented in committee sessions, on topics including new technologies, shop safety, processes and equipment, and diesel electrical and mechanical maintenance.
  • The MARTS conference will include panel discussions on key industry issues including wayside, machine vision, and on-board asset monitoring, tank car safety and rolling stock asset health.

In addition to the CMA sessions, Railway Interchange 2015 also features technical presentations and discussions by members of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA). AREMA is also offering nine educational seminars in conjunction with their conference; for additional information visit

In addition to the AREMA and CMA meetings, the North American Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) will hold its annual general meeting in conjunction with Railway Interchange 2015 on Tuesday, October 6.

The Railway Interchange 2015 exhibition, which will be held October 4-6, 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). More than 640 exhibitors will have displays in the Minneapolis Convention Center, with an additional 35 exhibitors showcasing equipment and services at Northtown yard, exhibition organizers noted.

Conference and exhibition sponsorships are still available. Companies interested in AREMA sponsorship opportunities can learn more at; exhibition sponsorship information and opportunities are detailed at

To register for Railway Interchange 2015, visit; hotel reservations are available at

About Railway Interchange 2015

Railway Interchange 2015, October 4 through 7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, is a leading international railway industry event that combines the technical conferences of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) and the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association) and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.)   Learn more at