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March - Rail Tech Conference

2018 Rail Tech Conference
Engineering & Transit Night Dinner Meeting
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Conference: 12:30 p.m. • Supplier Reception: 5:00 p.m. • Dinner 6:45 p.m.

The New England Railroad Club invites members, industry professionals, students, and individuals interested in a career in the railroad industry to join us at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 22, 2018, for the Rail Tech Conference. The Rail Tech Conference is both a technology driven forum and a professional development conference exploring high-tech solutions to issues relevant to the rail industry in New England.

The conference will provide participants – industry professionals from railroads, consulting companies, and suppliers, as well as those looking to start a career in transportation – with insight as to how the rail industry is seeking out and employing a wider range of tech skills in its daily operations. The application of new technologies, coupled with a skilled workforce that can both utilize and maintain them, is transforming the industry, allowing it to be faster, safer, and more efficient when responding to the challenges of today’s marketplace.

Keynote Speaker
Vinay Mudholkar, Transportation Consultant to US and International Rail & Transit Developments

Topic:  “Building Successful High Speed Shared Rail Corridors”

Who Should Attend

  • College Students and other Professionals interested in a career in the railroad industry. Learn about the field and the jobs within, and network with company representatives from all facets of the industry.
  • Active Industry Professionals from area railroads, state departments of transportation, consulting companies, and suppliers. Learn of new best practices and technologies in our shared field of employment that can be applied to your current organization.

DCU Center (Conference Center) – 3rd Floor
50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA

Ticket Costs:
Conference & Dinner/Keynote
$85/$850 Table – Club Member and Regular Attendee
$35 – Student Dinner/Conference Ticket (with valid college ID)
Conference Only (all events except dinner)
$25 – Club member and Regular Attendee
Free to all College Students with valid college ID

Exhibitor Tabletop:
$200- Includes table and skirting, electrical, chairs, and 2 conference only tickets.

Click on a tab below to register, reserve a booth space, become a sponsor, or to find out more about the event.

Expo Schedule & Events

The 2018 Rail Tech Conference will be held on the third floor of the DCU Center. All events, including registration, seminars, reception, and dinner will occur there.

Expo Floor Plan


10:00amExhibitor set-up
12:00pmRegistration open
12:30pmIndustry Pavilion Opens
1:00pm – 1:45pmSeminar #1: Improving Crossties - Recent advances that are improving service life and reducing disposal costs.
2:00pm – 2:45pmSeminar #2: Important Updates to Title 49 CFR Part 243
3:00pm – 3:45pmSeminar #3: Drones in Railroading
4:00pm – 4:45pmSeminar #4: Shipper, Railroad, and State Agency Partnerships
4:00pm – 5:00pmRoundtable Discussion
5:00pm – 6:30pmHosted Networking Reception
6:30pm – 8:00pmDinner and Keynote


Keynote: Vinay Mudholkar, Transportation Consultant

Vinay Mudholkar Transportation Consultant to US and International Rail & Transit Developments

“Building Successful High Speed Shared Rail Corridors”

High Speed Rail Corridors carrying passenger and freight will provide greater opportunities for partnerships between northeast railroads to better serve both the passenger and freight markets, improve assets, and profitability. New technologies will also improve capacity in existing corridors as proven in the United Kingdom. Mr. Vinay Mudholkar has worked in the Northeast and UK delivering such results. He is a former President of the New England Railroad Club and will share his successful private and public sector cooperative efforts with our membership.

Mr. Vinay Mudholkar is an international transportation consultant with over forty years of rail program management experience in fields of design, construction, project financing, operation, and maintenance. His understanding of multi-cultures and team building has enabled him to contribute to the successful and safe delivery of high speed rail programs throughout the world. Recent projects that he has played key roles in include the All Aboard Florida Amtrak’s 110mph Keystone Corridor upgrade. Overseas he has participated in Network Rail’s West Coast Mainline 125 mph upgrade, Metro construction and commissioning in Hyderabad, India, and a new shared freight and 125 mph passenger rail corridor in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Mudholkar’s career has included the positions of Chief Engineer at the Boston & Maine Railroad/Guilford Transportation Industries, Deputy Director of MBTA Commuter Rail, Principal Engineer for Bechtel International, Director of Program Management for Amtrak, and Technical Vice President for L. Berger International. He holds degrees and certificates from Northeastern, MIT, WPI, and the College of Engineering, Pune, India. Vinay is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance Association, and Fellow Permanent Way Institute of UK. He is also a past President of the New England Railroad Club.


There will be additions to the seminar schedule before the conference. Please check back for updates.

Seminar 1: Improving Crossties
Recent advances are lengthening the service life and the reducing disposal costs of the standard crosstie. Panelists from the Volpe Center will discuss how new technologies are improving one of the most important, but often overlooked, pieces of railroad infrastructure.
Seminar 2: Important Updates to Title 49 CFR Part 243
The FRA Human Performance Division joins us to update the membership on changes to the rule since their presentation last March.
Seminar 3: Drones in Railroading
UAV technologies are increasingly being employed throughout the industry, especially for bridge and right-of-way inspections. Panelists from area railroads and engineering companies will discuss how the technology is being used on some of the region’s railroads.
Seminar 4: Shipper, Railroad, and State Agency Partnerships
In keeping with the Club’s 2018 theme, Pan Am Railways, Poland Springs, and the State of Maine DOT join us to discuss how they came together to create a new intermodal service corridor. The shipment of bottled water by rail has been a model partnership that, through the use of existing facilities and routes, has served to reduce truck trips on the region’s highways.


The hosted networking reception will be held in the prefunction area/exhibitor pavilion from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. We welcome you to join us for refreshments and hot and cold hors d’ouevres brought to us through the sponsorship of exhibitors and other members of the Club. The reception has traditionally been the event where the membership of the club gathers to meet each other, catch up with acquaintances, and discuss the goings-on in the New England railroad scene.