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March - Rail Tech Conference

2019 Rail Tech Conference
New England Railroading – The Next Generation

Engineering & Transit Night Dinner Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 2019

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 Thursday, March 21, 2019. 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
Andreas Frixen, Tender Manager Fuel Cell Trains, Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH, Salzgitter, Germany

Topic:  “It’s All About Energy” – Alstom’s Coradia ILint, the world’s first passenger train powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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
$90/$900 Table – Club Member and Regular Attendee
$35 – Student Dinner/Conference Ticket (with valid college ID)
Conference Only (all events except dinner)
$30 – Club member and Regular Attendee
Free to all College Students with valid college ID

Exhibitor Tabletop:
$250- 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.

Schedule & Events

The 2019 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: TBA, South Ballroom
2:00pm – 2:45pmSeminar #2: TBA, Conf. Room A/B
3:00pm – 3:45pmSeminar #3: TBA, South Ballroom
4:00pm – 4:45pmSeminar #4: Conf. Room A/B
5:00pm – 6:30pmHosted Networking Reception
6:30pm – 8:00pmDinner and Keynote


Keynote: Andreas Frixen, Tender Manager Fuel Cell Trains, Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH, Salzgitter, Germany

Andreas Frixen, Tender Manager Fuel Cell Trains, Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH, Salzgitter, Germany

“It’s All About Energy”

The New England Railroad Club is pleased to welcome Andreas Frixen, Tender Manager Fuel Cell Trains of Alstom Transport, who will be joining us from Germany to present as our guest speaker at this year’s conference. Mr. Frixen’s current project is the development of the Coradia iLint, a hydrogen fuel cell passenger train developed by Alstom.

The Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. This zero-emission train emits low levels of noise, with exhaust being only steam and condensed water. The iLint is special for its combination of different innovative elements: clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries, and smart management of traction power and available energy. Specifically designed for operation on non-electrified lines, it enables clean, sustainable train operation while ensuring high levels of performance.

Andreas Frixen studied Mechanical Engineering and Railway Engineering at the University of Hannover, Germany and has over 20 years of experience in the rail industry. Mr. Frixen is the expert at Alstom for hydrogen refueling stations and hydrogen supply as it pertains to rail vehicles. Since 2002 he has held a variety of positions at Alstom, including Bids Director for Double Deck Trains in Sydney, Australia, Product Director for Single Deck Electrical Multiple Units and Bids Director for Regional Trains in Paris, France, Project Manager of Generic Train Development of Regional Trains for Russia. He was also a Project Manager and Project Engineer and Technical Bid Manager at Linke-Hofman-Busch, Salzgitter, Germany.


Seminar topics and times coming soon!


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.