September 18-21, 2011, marks the dates for Railway Interchange 2011, as Minneapolis hosts the first North American event combining the technical conferences of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations), as well as the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering & Maintenance Suppliers Association), and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.).
Thousands of rail industry customers and representatives are expected to attend what promises to be the largest ever such event held in North America. RI 2011 will include nearly 300,000 square feet of combined, indoor exhibit display space and more than 1.5 miles of combined, outdoor, on-, and off-track exhibits. Technical presentations by AREMA and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) will explore relevant railway topics.
“This unprecedented rail industry event will provide railroaders from around the world a unique opportunity to see and hear all that is new and innovative across the entire rail supply industry,” said Dr. Charles Emely, executive director/CEO of AREMA.
“Our members look forward to this unique conference and trade show,” said David Soule, REMSA executive director.
“This combined effort will produce the best trade show and technical sessions at the best location in North America,” said Tom Simpson, RSI executive director.
“RSSI supports this unprecedented way for the supply organizations to join forces to create a one-of-a-kind venue,” said D.F. "Bucky" Remaley, RSSI executive director and secretary-treasurer.
RI 2011’s technical sessions and indoor exhibition will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South in Minneapolis. The outdoor exhibits will be held 20 minutes northwest of the Convention Center at Canadian Pacific's Humboldt Yard, located at 2625 49th Ave N. in Minneapolis. Bus transportation will be provided between the Minneapolis Convention Center and Humboldt Yard.
Exhibit booth sales opened July 1, according to REMSA’s Soule, and RSI’s Simpson is urging potential exhibitors to reserve quickly for the best space availability. To exhibit at Railway Interchange 2011, companies must be amember in good standing of REMSA, RSI, or RSSI to exhibit in their sections, RSSI’s Remaley stated.
More information is available online at www.railwayinterchange.org. Beginningin January 2011, registration for Railway Interchange 2011 will be available online at the same site. There is a separate fee to attend technical sessions.