RSI/CMA 2016 Rail Expo Event Highlights

The Railway Supply Institute celebrated at successful and well attended RSI/CMA 2016 Rail Expo & Technical Conference on October 2-4 in Omaha, Nebraska (view highlights video). The event attracted over 1200 people and over 126 exhibitors to Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. In all, approximately 200 Class I employees along with dozens of additional regional and short line railroad employees attended the conference.
“We were excited to be in Omaha, the hometown of Union Pacific and great railroad town,” said RSI President Tom Simpson. “Our exhibitors, mostly smaller business in the supply industry, were happy to see so many railroaders at the show and we are grateful for the support of UP in sending their people here.”
Lance Fritz, President & CEO of Union Pacific gave the keynote address at the general session to a full room of attendees. Mr. Fritz’s talk focused on navigating the difficult business climate in the rail industry. He provided optimism stating many business that have improved and invested during economic downturns through innovation and good planning.
“Tough times, kind of counterintuitively, are the perfect time to start with new ideas,” Fritz said. “We think that the best ideas, for us as a company and a nation, are ahead of us.”
Also during the general session, the League of Railway Industry Women and Progressive Railroading awarded the Outstanding Woman of the Year award to Ana Maria Bonilla P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer Track and Structures at Metro-North Railroad. The general session was sponsored by Loram.
The exhibit hall featured a wide range of rail supply companies with products ranging from digital recording systems, PTC and brake technologies, couplers, locomotive and freight car repair companies, compressors, and specialized component parts. 
In addition to the bustling exhibit hall, RSI/CMA featured over 100 technical and educational presentations from the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (ABA, IAROO, MARTS, LMOA, LRIW). Notable presentations included “Meeting the Challenge of Compliance through New Technologies” by ABA, “Human Factor Evaluation of an Experimental Engineer Crew Station” by IAROO, “Troubleshooting Multiplexers on SD-70 Locomotive” by LMOA, and “Engineering Trends in the Rail Industry” by LRIW and “Technical Updates from TTCI and Tank Car Survivability” by MARTS.
“Once again, the Coordinated Mechanical Associations provided attendees with original technical knowledge from industry experts on many pertinent issues including new technologies, engineering, tank car, and brake and maintenance issues. The CMA’s continue to provide insight and education you can’t get anywhere else,” said Tom Simpson.  
The Railway Supply Institue and the Coordinated Mechanical Associations will reconvene at Railway Interchange on September 17-21, 2017 in Indianpolis, Indiana. 
About the Railway Supply Institute (RSI)
The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is the trade association for the rail supply industry, representing the nation’s leading companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, tank car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries. America’s railway suppliers represent a $23 billion/year industry supporting 90,000 American workers. For more information visit RSI’s website, or call 202-347-4664.

About the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA)
The Coordinated Mechanical Associations include Air Brake Association, Inc. (ABA), International Association of Railway Operating Officers (IAROO), League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW), Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association (LMOA), and Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS). Learn more at


Show Details

Date: October 2 - 4, 2016

Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Exhibits: CenturyLink Center Omaha

Technical/Education Sessions: Hilton Omaha

Questions? Please contact RSI at 202-347-4664