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Railway Interchange 2015 attendance reaches a new record

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor

Organizers for Railway Interchange 2015, held in Minneapolis, Minn. on Oct. 4-7, 2015, announced today that total registered attendance for the USA-based combined exhibition and technical conference reached 9,571, a new record.

The exhibition showcased 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). Railway Interchange 2015 also featured technical presentations and discussions by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA).

“Attendance for Railway Interchange 2015 exceeded our expectations, and underscores its role as the leading North American railway exhibition and technical conference,” said AREMA Executive Director and CEO Beth Caruso.

RSI President Tom Simpson said, “We’ve had very positive feedback from both attendees and exhibitors, proof that Railway Interchange continues to provide value as it grows. The Coordinated Mechanical Associations continue to have robust agendas and their attendees found this year’s conference programs to be particularly useful and topical.”

REMSA Director of Trade Shows David Soule noted, “With over 400,000 square feet of combined indoor exhibit display space, and more than 1.5 miles of combined outdoor on and off-track exhibits, Railway Interchange 2015 was the largest combined railway exhibition and technical conference to date in North America.”

“Railway Interchange 2015 was an unqualified success. People are already asking about the next Railway Interchange and looking to secure booth space,” added RSSI Executive Director Secretary/Treasurer Michael A. Drudy.

Railway Interchange 2015 Fast Facts: • Total number of exhibits: 687

• Indoor exhibits: 652

• Outdoor exhibits: 35

• Total registered attendees: 9,571

• International attendees: 1,127

• International exhibits: 76

• Countries represented: 42

• News media registered: 32

International and news media attendance figures are included in the overall number of registered attendees. All numbers are based on pre-show and onsite registration and subject to an ongoing audit.

The previous Railway Interchange, held in 2013 in Indianapolis, drew 7,850 attendees and featured 657 exhibitors, with participants from more than 40 countries around the world, organizers said.

The next Railway Interchange will take place September 17-20, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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