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French Lick Annual Conference - Jan 12-16, 2017

Join RPCA for our 35th annual Conference to take place in French Lick, Indiana.

French Lick Scenic Railway is proud to be the 2017 host for the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance Annual Conference on January 12-16, 2017 in French Lick, Indiana. We are excited to offer a jam-packed conference with seminars and classes on a range of topics. There will be more to do than one person can complete, so guests may consider bringing more than one member of their organization.
The three main event tracks will be: Traditional, Events, and Shop.

The Traditional seminar track will include the CATS, CUPS, FRA, Insurance, Safety Training, and other seminars of that nature. The Events seminar track will include sessions on Basic Event Planning, Marketing, Gift Shop 101, Tents and Safety, Ticketing Systems, and Event Photography. The Shop seminar track will include a course on Locomotive 92-Day Inspections, Air Brake Recertification, STADCO Generator Preventative Maintenance (overview and in-depth), and Locomotive Air Brakes. Please note, the 92-Day Inspection Class will be three full days of course work and will preclude the participant from attending other seminars. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate documenting their training.

The banquet on Saturday evening will feature the captivating speaker, Jackie Schmitt (a.k.a. Gypsy Moon, Hobo Queen). Ms. Schmitt spent time tramping with hobos and riding the rails. Her book Done and Been gives reader a glimpse into the folklore of hobos; their stirring lives, and even includes some hobo recipes.

For fun outside of the seminar rooms, there will be a variety of side-trips. These will include: Madison Railroad Excursion and tour of the Depot Museum – Monon Railroad, a dinner excursion on the French Lick Scenic Railway, tours of both the French Lick and West Baden Historic Hotels, and a Wine Tasting and Antiquing trip.

Return your registration form by October 1, 2016 to obtain discounted registration. You are encouraged to register online.

If you have already registered, thank you and see you in Indiana.

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    French Lick Conference Program Highlights



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Big News

We have changed the membership year start date from its current January 1-> December 31, to July 1 -> June 30.

This step was taken to allow the Annual Conference to fall in the middle of the membership year.

So automaticly you get 6 Free months of membership. Renewal notices will no longer be sent each November - they will now be arriving in April or early May of each year, beginning with 2015.



Founded in 1982, the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance was created as a resource to owners and operators of privately owned railroad passenger equipment. The primary goal was to coordinate efforts for pooling their equipment for mainline steam excursions. The popularity of the organization quickly grew and today includes over 400 members.


As mainline steam excursions ceased, the organization changed the mission statement to include promoting the preservation and operation of historic railroad equipment, addressing the issues facing equipment owners and working with the nation's railroads and Amtrak to facilitate the operation and movement of member's passenger cars.


Today R.P.C.A. is a growing and forward thinking organization led by a Board of Directors who are railroad industry professionals, and are capable of thinking outside the box. Dedicated to preserving a unique and enjoyable mode of transportation, R.P.C.A. welcomes your membership and participation.



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