Railway Interchange 2019

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Railway Interchange is the largest Rail Industry Conference and Exhibition in North America. Every two years, the railway industry gathers in one location for a precision planned and scheduled event where knowledge, ideas and innovative technologies are shared. That event is Railway Interchange, the largest railway exhibition and technical conference in the Western Hemisphere, attended by nearly 9,000 industry professionals from around the globe.

Railway Interchange 2019, to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center next month (Sept. 21-25), in addition to a massive indoor exhibit floor full of suppliers from every railroading discipline, includes an impressive outdoor exhibition of the larger-than-life vehicles that power, maintain and transport goods in our vibrant industry. These interactive, hands-on exhibits underscore the event’s primary focus: Innovation in Rail Technology and Education.

Attended by nearly 9,000 rail industry professionals from around the globe, this “truly massive event,” in the words of its organizers, showcases 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 also features technical presentations and discussions by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and the Railway Supply Institute and its partner associations.

Why attend Railway Interchange 2019? There are plenty of reasons. You’ll stay current with our industry’s rapid technological evolution. You’ll see how you can augment your professional development through the educational forums and technical sessions presented by AREMA, the Coordinated Mechanical Associations, the League of Railway Women and others. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in special forums such as the AREMA Young Professionals Program and Meet the Next Generation Networking Event, among other events and opportunities tailored especially for rail industry professionals.

Vernice Armour, a motivational speaker who served as America’s first African American female combat pilot, will give the keynote address at Railway Interchange 2019. “Leveraging her ‘Breakthrough Mentality’ and ‘Get Guts’ mindset, Vernice ‘FlyGirl’ Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years,” the event organizers note. “As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others, FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence moves and inspires her audiences. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to create breakthrough results.”

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