Welcome to RTSA, Formerly MARTS

If you’re looking for the Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS) you are in the right place.

A Tribute to John Robertson

On September 22, 2019, longtime Secretary / Treasurer of the Railcar Technical Services Association (RTSA), John Robertson passed away in Minneapolis during Railway Interchange while participating in his 50th year of active service in the rail industry

The Railcar Technical Services Association (RTSA), formerly known as MARTS, is the railroad mechanical freight car professional’s premier resource for new concepts, training and opportunities for interaction with your peers worldwide.

Within these pages we will tell you about our non-profit organization and its activities, our 112 year history and our exciting future.


RTSA is excited to announce the continuation of monthly virtual conferences to our members and interested parties.  The next virtual session is scheduled for February 1st at 2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm Central.  Additional sessions will be announced soon.

Tuesday February 1st at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central

Nichole Fimple, Executive Director Rules and Standards at the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and Bo Thompson, General Director at Sidney and Lowe Railroad, will be the featured speakers.  Nichole and Bo will present “Revisions to the AAR Interchange Rules”.

The purpose of this virtual session is to familiarize attendees with revisions made in the 2022 Field and Office Manuals of the AAR Interchange Rules. A question and answer session will be held at the end of this program.

Registration link coming soon.



The annual RTSA Railcar Education Conference will be held as a part of the 2022 RSI Conference: Education & Expo in downtown Fort Worth, September 13-15, 2022.  

Our Mission

In recent years, the Railcar Technical Services Association (formerly MARTS) has evolved rapidly and is presently the only nonprofit professional association dedicated to the freight car repair professional. RTSA is dedicated to its mission to provide a value added forum for sharing railcar customer maintenance needs through new technology, practical experience and best practices with the purpose to improve profitable industry share.

We have archived via video and still presentations of our previous conference training sessions. You can view these outstanding educational presentations under the Archive tab or click on the above paragraph title.