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Welcome to the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance


RPCA Annual Conference - Jan 16 - 20, 2020

2020 Conference

Join RPCA for our 38th annual Conference
to take place in Albuquerque NM

On behalf of the Board of Directors of RPCA, we would like to offer greetings from Albuquerque in January of 2020. Welcome, Hola! And Yatahey from the Land of Enchantment!! 2020 marks the 140th anniversary of the arrival of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe into Albuquerque, while 2020 marks the first time RPCA has its Conference here.

This Conference offers many hours of railroading subjects, while alternative venues will also be available. There will be Saturday passenger car mechanical sessions at the shop areas of the ex-ATSF 2926 locomotive. Amtrak inspectors will lead presentations on history, tales of what they find on inspections and mechanical programs. There will be an array of subjects from window glazing to getting a good night’s sleep. If the thought of listening to another presentation on air brakes is not your cup of tea, there will be cultural venues as well as art venues. Excursions on Thursday and Monday will frame the Conference, while meetings and old friendships will be the body.

New this year is a chance to recognize a person or organization by sponsoring a shout out in the Conference program.

For information on the host hotel, Conference Hotel Info page.

Please review the schedule of events and offerings for this Conference. We are happy to be able to help with this Conference and hope you will find it worthwhile. Please plan on visiting and participating in this unique setting.

Conference Program Highlights

Register by October 25, 2019 to obtain the discounted registration.

You can register online now by clicking here. Register Online

or you can download the registration form Conference Registration Form (pdf file) and send it by mail.

We will see you in Albuquerque,

Gary and Sue Carter, Conference co-chairs


Amtrak Privately-Owned Rail Cars web page

Amtrak has a new web page on there site of interest to RPCA members;
Amtrak Private Car web link

Please bookmark this link on your devices.


RFP for New RPCA Web site

The RPCA is in the process of considering upgrades and a redesign of our website! We need your help...
  1. What do you like about our current website and what would you like to see on a new and improved website?

    We'd like to hear from you by September 15, 2019. Please send us an e-mail at and we will include your input and feedback.
  2. We have also issued a Request for Proposal (replies due October 15, 2019) for upgrading our website.

    Any interested party wishing to submit a proposal should contact us at to request a copy of the RFP.
We look forward to hearing from you!


The Events and Excursions for Fall Trips

Please check them out, ride them while you still can....


 RailCamp East campers

2019 East RailCampers

2019 East camp RailCampers in Washington, DC

Photo by Greg Gerstung

Each year the RPCA, through the generosity of our members and our insurance vendors, strives to send at least two deserving youth to the NRHS RailCamps via our Caldwell-Luebke RailCamp Fund and the Stanlee E. Weller Fund.

Roy J. Wullich
RPCA - NRHS RailCamp Chairman


Amtrak across-the-board increase effective October 1.

Amtrak will be announcing a across-the-board increase of 2%, effective October 1 This information published will be on their website within the next day or so.
This is reported to be the only rate change for fiscal 2020.


If you see something say something

All the RPCA publications rely need your input. All your editors need your photos and stories for publication in the RPCA publications.

So if you have a item or photo for the Info Exchange, Passenger Car Magazine, RPCA FaceBook page or the web page please send them to


Example Letters to Congress about Amtrak Policy Announcment

July 1 2019

Please use this link and example letters to contact congress. We need to bring this issue before congress and your letters to Congress are the key to resulving the issue.

Contact list and Example Letters


The Rail Passenger Car Alliance Facebook page

Is up and running please go to ;
RPCA FaceBook and like our new page.


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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2016 Conference RPCA Trip in Tyler TX
2016 RPCA Conference trip in Tyler TX