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Welcome to the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance


Tuesday, 04-Aug-2020 13:45:25 EDT



A lot of things have changed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We as a board understand the hardships many tourist railroads, museums, private car owners and the rest of our members are going through. Because of the hard time, the board of directors voted to reduce membership renewals to $25 instead of the $45. This will only apply for members renewing their membership for 2020-2021. This will not include any new members. Any member who wishes to send the full $45 may do so and the extra $20 will be considered a donation to the general RPCA fund.

Please make note the mailing address has been changed:

RPCA Membership

P.O. Box 67

Cordele, GA 31010

Dues are delinquent on July 1, 2020. Make check payable to RPCA or renew online at Join RPCA Do not enclose payment to RPCNB. That will be billed separately.

If you have any questions about you renewal please email Chris Lockwood at


Dynamic Ticket Solutions Webinars

Roger Fuehring is the guest panelist for next Thursday’s webinar sponsored by Dynamic Ticket Solutions and it is open to anyone who registers.

Recordings of our previous webinars are now available for you to watch and share. Simply go to Dynamic Ticket Solutions and click on the Webinars link in the top navigation bar. You can also provide ticket sales data on that page if you wish as well."


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.


Delays attributable to PV’s

The RPCA is in the process of collecting data of train delays of attributable to PV’s.

We need your help...
"All operators of Private Cars (PV’s) deal with train delays as a fact of life. At RPCA, we are committed to open communication with Amtrak about these and other topics relevant to their PV business.

Delays attributable to PV’s can include delays due to receiving services that we have paid for, such as receiving water; or delays in entraining or detraining our passengers and their baggage. These types of delays are not the fault of PV’s, but they will show on the Conductor’s Delay Report nonetheless. Other delays are largely unavoidable. For instance, I once had a car set out in the desert due to an overheated Timken AP wheel bearing. Though rare, they do happen, including to Amtrak’s equipment, and they usually don’t take long to develop.

In other cases, a delay may be charged to a PV simply because we’re easy targets.

We’d like to be made aware of all of the above. Any significant delays WILL be an agenda item on the next morning’s Conference Call, and it’s frequently helpful if the operator’s observations get communicated to Amtrak prior to that call.

RPCA is keenly interested in reducing delays involving Private Cars, and we urge you to take a moment when a significant one occurs to email your take on the situation to ...

You may also text to Burt Hermey at (714) 264-9167.

As Sgt. Friday on Dragnet would say, “Just the facts, please!” We will be discussing these with Amtrak. Ones that we think deserve immediate attention will be forwarded to CNOC.

Sometimes there are things that the operator can do to minimize or eliminate delays, and these will be the subject of future articles.”

We look forward to hearing from you!



 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.


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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


The Rail Passenger Car Alliance Facebook page

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RPCA Annual Conference - Jan 16 - 20, 2020

Summary of 2020 Conference


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