Dear Freight Car Maintenance Professional

Welcome to our Web Page! Some of our folks have been working for quite some time to bring this modern site to its present state for your use, enjoyment, and education.

It seems appropriate to me that even though we as an organization are over 100 years old, we begin 2019 with renewal. We have a new name and a new web page. We have also renewed our commitment to our mission (which you can read about on our “about” page). In addition, our 2019 conference is coming up this fall and we plan for it to be our best.
If you are not familiar with the depth of education at our annual conference, you have good reason to visit our archives and view the excellent presentations given over the last few years. We are now able to offer you, the railcar professional, video presentations of selected sessions given at our annual conferences. We have three of our 2015 sessions on video which can be found in our 2015 conference folder on the Archives page. We also have quite a few of our 2016 conference presentations on video, as well as all of 2017 and 2018. Be sure to check them out!

Speaking of our upcoming conference, we, the Railcar Technical Services Association (RTSA), will hold our annual technical conference this year in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 22 – 25, 2019. As usual, our educational sessions are held in conjunction with other associations who operate as the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (“CMA’s”). In addition, this year we are a part of Railway Interchange, which is the largest combined railway exhibition and technical conference in North America – complete with indoor and outdoor exhibits.

This year’s conference will be of our most exciting in quite a while with a full agenda of current issues critical to every railcar maintenance professional, presented by those among us who are on the leading edge of today’s technology and regulations. Many of you will have the opportunity to meet and share your thoughts with your associates from all segments of the rail car maintenance arena from the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world.
In addition to the outstanding presentations, leading industry vendors will provide hundreds of indoor exhibits and displays, which will contain examples of their latest technology and will be staffed with knowledgeable personnel who will answer all of your inquiries regarding their products.

Our Association exists to provide you and our members with a solid knowledge and understanding of railcar maintenance. This continuing mission is only possible with your support through your membership and your participation in our annual technical conference.
If you would like to ask us a question regarding our organization, its mission or activities, please contact us by using the contact page on this Web. We will answer you right away.

As President, I would like to thank you for your continued participation and membership with the Railcar Technical Services Association (RTSA). We look forward to your continued membership.


James Rader
President, 2018 – 2020