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Welcome to the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance


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RPCA Annual Conference - Jan 11-15, 2018


Join RPCA for our 36th annual Conference to take place in Springdale Arkansas.


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RPCA Railcamp Support



 RailCamp 2017 East Group Photo Photo by Tim O'Malley

Many RPCA members have been working in the railroad industry most of their lives. In most cases it has been a love affair with an industry that built our industrialized nation. Many of us were initially exposed to the industry by a relative who worked for the railroad, a local railroad museum or even by accident. Regardless how were we exposed, for many of us it has become a way of life and a passion.


The winds of change have affected the railroad industry for many years. The change from steam to diesel locomotives, the famous passenger trains of yesteryear to Amtrak. The dreams of a child to be an engineer to video games and a host of other things that catches the attention of today's youth.


The National Railroad Historical Society noticed that times were changing and it was getting harder and harder to interest younger people in the fascinating world of railroading. This initiated the formation of a wonderful program called RailCamp . For one week each summer members of the program get to experience real railroading, supervised by trained camp counselors. Training includes mechanical work, train operations, track repair and more.


RPCA has been a strong supporter of RailCamp from it's inception. We founded the Caldwell-Luebke RailCamp Fund named in memory of long-time members Kevin Luebke and Jim Caldwell. We also have the Stanlee E. Weller RailCamp Fund for a female student named in memory of our long-time Treasurer.


Each year the RPCA RailCamp committee selects candidates to attend one of the week long sessions. RPCA sponsors their full tuition. Since 2001 we have been a sponsor and we hope to invest in our future, but more importantly we hope to be that spark which ignites the passion of railroading for future generations.


Currently there are two RailCamps - RailCamp East is typically held in the Delaware and Pennsylvania area while the Northwest RailCamp is held in Tacoma, WA area.


For consideration for the RPCA RailCamp Scholarships, please mail your completed RailCamp application to:


Roy Wullich
RPCA RailCamp Chairman
PO Box 719
Quinton, VA 23141-0719


For any questions, about the RPCA Scholarship Program, or to submit our application electronically, please contact Roy.


 

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Amtrak Tariff as of 10/01/17


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About Railroad Passenger Car Alliance

 

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 RPCA 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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