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March - Rail Forum & Expo

2016 New England Rail Forum & Expo
Engineering & Transit Night Dinner Meeting
March 22, 2016

The New England Railroad Club invites members, industry professionals, and their guests to join us in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, for our annual Rail Forum & Expo. The Expo will be the culmination of our year-long theme "New England’s Rail System: Innovation & Growth." This year's event will include events, displays, and speakers that will focus on how the region’s railroads are embracing new ideas, employing the latest technologies, and working together to better serve the region’s changing freight and passenger needs. We look forward to seeing you on March 22th and want to remind you that the Expo is not only for our membership. Feel free to invite a friend, colleague, employee, or even college student that you think would benefit from learning more about our industry. By doing so we will help to increase knowledge about the positive impact that railroads are having on our region.

Prices for this year's Expo are:
Expo Only Ticket: $25 (All events except dinner)
Dinner/Expo Ticket: $85 (All events including dinner)
Booth price:
- Early registration: $500 (Includes 10'x10' w/table and backdrop)
- After March 1: $550

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 2016 Expo is occurring at both the DCU Center and the P&W Railroad. At the DCU Center the afternoon events will be held entirely within the exhibitor pavilion. After last year’s successful show format, we will be keeping seminar area on the show floor so both attendees and exhibitors can attend the seminars and visit the displays. A shuttle bus will be available at the front of the DCU Center to transport attendees to the P&W Railroad for the popular equipment display.

Expo Floor Plan


Location: P&W Railroad Enginehouse
10:00am - 3:30pmEquipment Display and demonstrations
Location: Exhibitor Pavilion, DCU Center, 1st Floor
9:30amRegistration opens
11:15amExhibitor Hall opens
12:00pm – 1:15pmHosted Luncheon
1:30pm – 2:30pmSeminar: The ASLRRA Safety Institute
3:30pm – 4:30pmSeminar: Around the Enginehouse - Issues Facing CMO's
5:00pm – 6:30pmHosted Cocktail Reception
Location: Grand Ballroom, DCU Center, 3rd Floor
6:45pmEngineering & Transit Night Dinner


Keynote: Robert C. Lauby, P.E., Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety & Chief Safety Officer, Federal Railroad Administration

Robert C. Lauby, P.E.
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety & Chief Safety Officer
Federal Railroad Administration

Mr. Robert Lauby has 35 years of railroad and rail transit experience involving safety, security, accident investigation, project management, project engineering, manufacturing, and vehicle maintenance. His current position is Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/Chief Safety Officer with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). In this role, he provides regulatory oversight for rail safety in the United States and oversees the development and enforcement of safety regulations and programs related to the rail industry.

Prior to his promotion to Associate Administrator in September 2013, he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative Operations. In that role, Mr. Lauby was responsible for FRA’s safety rulemaking activities, including oversight of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC). He also served as Chairman of the FRA Safety Board that makes determinations on petitions for waivers from FRA regulations. In addition, he served as the program manager for the technical portion of FRA’s high-speed rail safety program.

Prior to that, Mr. Lauby served as Staff Director of the FRA Passenger Rail Division, which was established in 2009 within the FRA Office of Railroad Safety to address passenger rail issues. Mr. Lauby’s primary responsibilities were to develop and implement passenger rail safety programs and initiatives and coordinate and maintain FRA safety policies, regulations, and guidance for all safety matters related to commuter rail, intercity rail, and high-speed rail.

Before joining FRA in October 2005, Mr. Lauby was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton, where he performed safety and security work for the Federal Government and the railway and transit industry. During his tenure at Booz Allen, Mr. Lauby was assigned lead investigator by the Special Commission of Inquiry in the 2003 Waterfall, New South Wales, accident near Sydney, Australia. He was later assigned to lead recovery efforts to modify and reopen the Las Vegas Monorail.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Mr. Lauby served as the Director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Office of Railroad Safety, where he managed hundreds of railroad and rail transit accident investigations. He led the U.S. fact-finding contingent to the 1998 Eschede, Germany, Inter-City Express (ICE) accident investigation and represented the National Transportation Safety Board on the RSAC and the American Public Transportation Association’s (formerly American Public Transit Association) Passenger Rail Equipment Safety Standards Committee.


Rail Equipment Showcase and Product Demonstrations

Once again the Providence and Worcester Railroad has welcomed us back to its Worcester headquarters so we can view locomotives, MOW vehicles, and other equipment now operating on the rail lines in and around New England. Vendors will also be on hand to showcase equipment too large for the DCU Center, and to provide hands-on demonstrations of products. If your company would like to participate please contact us via email. Equipment space is free for participating railroads or builders.

Remember: SAFETY FIRST! Parts of the shop area will be in use during the tour, and there will be switching movements occurring outside the building. Please consider all tracks to be “live”, look both ways before crossing them, and do not walk outside of display areas.


Topics and speaker details coming soon!


The hosted networking reception will be held in the exhibitor pavilion from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. 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.