Women On Track
LRIW Newsletter
January 2018
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Tanis Petersen, 2017/19 LRIW President
Fellow LRIW members,

I am honored to serve as your new LRIW president, and thrilled to lead our dedicated team of executive officers and board members as we continue the organization's success in its 21st year.

Our new board officers and members are ready to use their talents to further our mission of expanding opportunities for women in the rail industry. These experienced industry leaders, who represent a cross-section of railroading disciplines, are committed to excellence for the League, and we are fortunate to have them.

I have been associated with LRIW since 2015, and it has been gratifying to see the organization grow, while expanding the group's signature networking events and providing expanded resources for women in rail.

From a personal perspective, my career in the railway industry has given me unique insight into the contributions women make every day, in all aspects of railroading. Over the years, I've held positions at CP Rail and AMIC Railway including conductor, locomotive engineer, technical trainer, and rules instructor, as well as management positions overseeing technical training, operating practices, and regulatory affairs. I have also worked as consultant for companies within the industry, and my current position as director of operations and regulatory affairs for the Railway Association of Canada affords a sense of the larger trends in the North American rail industry, and the vital role that women play.

LRIW is poised to make even greater gains in the years ahead. As President, I'll be working to:
  • Continue to raise LRIW's profile as the pre-eminent organization for women in railroading through regular communications, including via social media, to members, news media, and the business community
  • Highlight the value of women in our industry by expanding the successful events for which LRIW has become known - networking receptions at major industry conferences, a presence during Railroad Day on the Hill, and our own annual meetings
  • Further develop our membership base and encourage our members to get involved in committees and events
  • Increase our corporate membership base to promote companies and organizations that value women in our industry
Watch for new advancements in the coming year, including the launch of our redesigned  www.lriw.org website this spring. The new website promises to be more member-focused, with a member log-in portal that will allow access to discussion boards and a member directory that will foster improved dialog among, and support for, our members.

It's an exciting time to become an LRIW member! Thank you for being a member, and for helping to foster success for women in rail.

Warm Regards,

Tanis Peterson
2017-19 LRIW President
Director, Operations and Regulatory Affairs
Railway Association of Canada
[email protected]
Congratulations to Lisa Stabler, President, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), who was named the League of Railway Industry Women's 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year at Railway Interchange in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This annual award is presented to a woman in the rail industry who demonstrates vision, initiative, creativity and guidance in a leadership role within her professional railway field; is innovative, a problem-solver and overcomes challenges; and brings consistent excellence to her organization and surrounding community.

"Our Outstanding Woman of the Year award exemplifies excellence in the rail industry by recognizing a woman who is considered a leader by her peers," said LRIW Past President Jodi Heldt. "Lisa Stabler is a gifted engineer who has been a rail industry leader throughout her career," Heldt continued. "We are proud to present her with this year's Outstanding Woman of the Year award."

In his letter of recommendation for her nomination, Ed Hamberger, President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, said, "Lisa commands attention and respect from the AAR Board of Directors, the federal government, elected officials and the public at large."

Progressive Railroading magazine, which co-sponsors this award each year, featured Stabler's career accomplishments, the essence behind her success, and her decision to join the railway industry in their October 2017 issue.

Lisa Stabler's contributions to the industry in her role as President of the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. in Pueblo, Colorado, have impacted railroading across the U.S. and the globe. Under her command, the world's premier research and testing facility continues to advance the science of railroading and improve operational safety and efficiency.

Stabler became president of TTCI in 2011, after joining the organization in 2010 as vice president, operations and training. She previously was assistant vice president, quality and engineering for BNSF Railway, where she improved quality, advanced research and streamlined processes using the Six Sigma problem-solving method. Earlier in her career, Stabler held key roles at General Motor's Delphi Corporation in the areas of product engineering, quality assurance, and strategic planning. She earned her bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dayton and holds a master's degree of Science in Mathematics from Wright State University.

Stabler has received recent media attention for her expertise; she was featured in a July 2017 Today Show segment on train safety, demonstrating TTCI's ground-breaking research into rail wheel defect detection.

July 2017 Today Show Segment OnTrain Safety
Today Show segment on train safety, July 2017 
LRIW Past President Jodi Heldt (left) presents Kathee Fisk (right) with the
2017 Outstanding Member of the Year award
Kathee Fisk, Senior Customer Support Engineer, GE Transportation, was named the 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year at this year's annual membership meeting held at Railway Interchange.

A well-respected member of the LRIW, Kathee has been involved in the LRIW for over 13 years, most recently completing a successful term as membership chair and commencing her new role as director.

"Kathee is a dedicated member of the LRIW and an asset to our board of directors," said LRIW Past President Jodi Heldt. "Her devotion to her work as membership chair has been profound. She is often the first point of contact for our new members - a role which she embraces with her genuine soft-spoken kindness and grace, as she welcomes women to the LRIW."

It is Kathee's profound industry insight that has truly shaped her vision for the LRIW in "creating a place for women to network and build lasting relationships, inside and outside of their own areas of expertise."

Kathee earned her railway acumen through her many years working in the industry. Starting her career as a general agent for the Ontario Midland Railroad in Sodus, NY, she went on to become office manager for the newly created Finger Lakes Railway in Geneva, NY, in July 1995, and was part of the start-up team. 

In June 2007, Kathee moved to Atlanta, to accept a role in customer support with Railcar Management (RMI), predecessor to GE Transportation. In her current role with GE Transportation, she is responsible for managing car hire payables and interline revenue settlement for several client railroads.

To further enhance her appreciation for the industry and to stay up-to-date with current industry trends, Kathee is a company representative for various railway industry committees and is a member of the American Railway Development Association (ARDA).

Kathee was raised in Marion, New York located between Rochester and Syracuse, and Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes. When Kathee isn't visiting family in New York, you will find her researching her family's history as an amateur genealogist or competing in a half-marathon - she's completed four to date in three different states, AZ, FL and NY.

Alex Kennedy, 2017 Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship winner
The winner of this year's $5,000 Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship was  Alex Kennedy , son of LRIW corporate member Jim Kennedy, Vice President of Engineering, A. Stucki Company .

An intern at A. Stucki Company, Alex learned first-hand many things about the railway supply industry, including the design of freight rail cars and the basic calculations needed to determine the maximum load permitted on each of the side bearings.

Alex is studying mechanical engineering at Grove City College in Grove City, PA.

This annual scholarship is named in memory of former LRIW President Connie Sumara. Connie, who was one of the founders of the organization and its longest-serving president, passed away in March 2014. She was a dedicated employee of Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. (CFCL) for 26 years, beginning her career as office manager and ultimately working her way up to vice president and director of customer support before retiring in November of 2012.

The League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) would like to express a sincere thank you to all of those who attended our annual conference, held in conjunction with Railway Interchange 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana, from September 17 to 20.

At this year's Railway Interchange General Session and Keynote Address, we presented the 2017 LRIW Outstanding Woman of the Year award, co-sponsored by Progressive Railroading to Lisa Stabler, President, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. "Lisa Stabler is a gifted engineer who has been a rail industry leader throughout her career," said LRIW Past President Jodi Heldt. "We are so proud to present her with this year's award." View the awards presentation here.

Ken Schmidt, motivational speaker and former Harley Davidson Co. director of communications, made a raucous entrance riding in on a Harley to deliver his keynote address. In his presentation, Schmidt described his role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history, and how his vision helped transform Harley Davidson into one of the world's most dominant brands.

LRIW Program Schedule

This year's LRIW program schedule featured a variety of women who shared their stories of success and challenge, both professionally and personally.
  • Susanne M. Manaigre, Vice President - Canada, Network Rail Consulting, started the morning's sessions with her talk about how to break barriers and excel in the rail industry. Susanne's engaging presentation resonated very strongly with many audience members.
  • Tanis Peterson, Director, Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Railway Association of Canada, and 2017-19 LRIW President, spoke about how regulatory affairs comprise a critical component of the railroading business. 
  • Nicole Brewin, VP of Government Affairs for the Railway Supply Institute followed up Tanis' presentation with a presentation about how changing regulations are affecting the rail industry, with a focus on federal legislation and regulations in the United States.
  • Coree Cuff Lonergan, Associate Director, Infrastructure Maintenance, Network Rail Consulting, delivered a thought-provoking presentation about how women in rail can use tools and influence to succeed.
  • Kathee Fisk, Senior Customer Support Engineer, GE Transportation, and LRIW Director was awarded the the LRIW Outstanding Member of the Year during the annual membership meeting.
The ever-popular 'Women Business Owners in Rail' panel discussion, moderated by Mary Proc, Vice President, Customer Service Delivery at Metrolinx and 2015 LRIW Outstanding Woman of the Year, was well-attended by a large audience of interested railway enthusiasts. On this year's panel was Carrie Budde of Budde Enterprises, Sally Boven, CEO of Reflective Apparel Factory, and Jessica Kramer, President & CEO of Diesel Supply Co., Inc.

Closing the events of the day was a #WomenInRail networking reception sponsored by AREMA, in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the LRIW. The evening's special guest was Anamaria Bonilla P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer Track and Structures, Metro-North Railroad and 2016 LRIW Outstanding Woman of the Year.

Our feature speaker of day two was Shavon Lindley, Co-Founder and CEO,  Women Evolution. Shavon eloquently delivered two sessions directed towards the empowerment of people at all career levels called, " Own Your Career - 3 Secrets to Advancement" and " Great Minds Think Unalike".

The afternoon was spent at the Indiana Railroads Intermodal Terminal touring the facility, grounds and equipment, and learning about their services.

Railway Interchange 2017 Highlights
Highlights from Railway Interchange 2017


The LRIW would like to thank our generous 2017 annual conference sponsors.



#WomenInRail Networking Reception

On the evening of September 18, #WomenInRail gathered to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the LRIW, at an event generously sponsored by AREMA

This extremely well-attended event, was highlighted by greetings from both AREMA and the the LRIW. 

The evening's special guest was Anamaria Bonilla P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer Track and Structures, Metro-North Railroad and 2016 LRIW Outstanding Woman of the Year. 

As guests networked, they were invited to learn about the history of the LRIW on display throughout the room.  


The LRIW 2018 Annual Conference will be held in conjunction with the RSI/CMA 2018 Rail Expo & Technical Conference from September 9-11, at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Congratulations to Mary Pitz, President, MEP&A Economic Development, the lucky winner of our annual conference prize package - a round-trip for two from Anchorage to Denali, generously donated by the  Alaska Railroad.

Rebecca Gonzalez, Customer Service Representative, Trinity Parts & Components, LLC , recently received a complimentary 1-year LRIW membership, as part of our annual conference booth giveaway.  Welcome, Rebecca! 

By: Carol Steckbeck
At the September annual meeting in Indianapolis, the LRIW board of directors appointed four executive officers to lead the organization for a two-year term:
  • Tanis Peterson, Director, Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Railway Association of Canada - President
  • Amanda Trainor Patrick, VP Trade Shows & Member Relations, Railway Supply Institute - Vice President
  • Susan Robertson, Managing Director, Virginia Rail Solutions, LLC - Secretary
  • Jodi Heldt, Rail Customer Account Manager, Whiting Corp. - Past President
President Peterson said, "I am honored to serve as LRIW president, and excited to lead this fantastic team of executive officers as we move forward with some exciting changes for the organization."
T. Peterson

A. Patrick Trainor
S. Robertson
Jodi Heldt
J. Heldt
K. Fisk
K. Gonzales
L. Tackach
L. Fernandez-Willey
S. Yurasko

Six new members also were elected to the LRIW Board of Directors for three-year terms:
  • Kathee Fisk, Senior Customer Support Engineer, GE Transportation - Director
  • Kari Gonzales, Assistant Vice President - Business & Finance, Transportation Technology Center Inc. - Director
  • Elizabeth Sands - Scholarship Chair
  • Lisa Tackach, Business Development, Railroad Construction Company - Awards Chair
  • Luisa Fernandez-Willey, Senior Economist, Association of American Railroads - Membership Chair
  • Sarah Yurasko, Assistant General Counsel, Association of American Railroads - Director
"Our new board officers and members are ready to use their respective vision and talents to further our mission of expanding opportunities for women in the rail industry," Peterson continued. "These experienced industry leaders, who represent a cross-section of railroading disciplines, are committed to directing the League's efforts - and we appreciate their contributions."

Congratulations to our new executive officers and board representatives!

Newton, Kansas, located in the Midwestern United States, is a city of less than 20,000 people. Surrounded by farmland, it is an active stop for both BNSF Railway and Amtrak trains. It is also home to Budde Enterprises. Once a family farm, it has evolved over the last 50 years into a business with a strong railway focus that offers a variety of products and services.

We selected Budde Enterprises as our inaugural member spotlight, because we wanted to share owner Carrie Budde's story of how it came to be. Also, we were sincerely impressed with her 'from the heart' talk at this year's annual conference, where she spoke of her experiences being a female business owner in rail, with a panel of her peers.

This is Carrie's story.
LRIW: Let's begin with your hometown. How would you describe Newton to someone who's never been there before?
CB: Newton is a great community that offers a lot to its residents. My family has been here for six generations and I can't imagine living away from all this family that is around here. Our schools are outstanding, especially our small Walton Rural Life Center that teaches almost all hands-on activities based around agriculture technology. The ties to agriculture and railroad in this area are hard to miss and we are lucky to provide so many employment opportunities.

LRIW: When your father founded Budde Enterprises in 1965, what was his vision for the company?
CB:  My dad actually started out as a farmer -  his main passion from the time he was a small boy. When he was a junior in high school he bought the farm we currently live on and raised cattle and pigs. The cattle market was not good to him and his focus changed to raising pigs and farming ground. My parents always had some kind of side thing going on, they made feed for other people, they had a chemical and fertilizer business, catering, there was always something to keep them diverse and busy, but it was mostly tied to agriculture. As times changed they had to evolve and when the farm economy died in the 80s they took an especially hard hit. 
3 Generations
Carrie Budde, Bill Budde, Erin Mosiman

Being the kind of guy that could build and fix anything without plans or instructions, made my dad very marketable and successful. 

Being blessed with only girls, we were taught we could do anything a guy could do and we learned to run equipment, repair equipment, weld, slop pigs, as well as all the things girls can do. You can see in all three of us that we are very strong, independent women that lead in everything we do.  

When my parents started Budde Enterprises I don't think there was a vision. They were broke and knew a couple of people that worked for the railroad and they both had skills the railroad needed. It started with working on things during the winter while farming was a little slower and doing a lot of things at night when they weren't using the trucks or equipment. 

Our experience with the railroad is good service travels very quickly by word of mouth and what started as working with one or two guys evolved into a full-time business that required employees, more space and could no longer be done only at night. My parents were trying to survive and were given such an opportunity that has grown beyond what anyone could have imagined. Having grown up in those times it never bothers me when my phone rings at 2 a.m., I'm just thankful it rings. 

LRIW: Are many of your employees from Newton?
CB:  Our team members come from a variety of locations, but most of them are from the area.  We like to work with good-hearted, small town, home-town kind of people.

LRIW: When did you take over the company from your father? Would you mind elaborating on how the decision was made to turn the company over to you?
CB: In 2005, my dad had back surgery and then the doctors found cancer. With my parents, uncle and I being the primary business contacts, I took care of the company and my mom took care of my dad. Then my mom got sick. There wasn't a lot of official conversation or planning it just happened. My uncle has actually been part of Budde since my mom was pregnant with me. We made a pretty good team and that is when I moved into more of an administration position and less of a hands-on repair role. My dad did recover, but he and my mom were getting older and it was just a natural progression of things. Handling the growth and the way things have changed has actually been more challenging than the transition of management. 

LRIW: What is your vision for Budde Enterprises?
CB:  Having started this company out of survival rather than a real plan and then taking over because of illness - it has taken me a long time to find my vision for Budde Enterprises. Then my niece, Erin came into the picture as a temporary team member. It was when she interviewed for an opportunity outside of the company with benefits and pay I couldn't compete with, that I realized I would be heartbroken without her here. 
The White Family

In that moment, I recognized we were doing so much more than just fixing stuff for railroads, we had become a legacy. I never thought a lot about being a second generation company and what it really meant until that point. I never thought about it being mine or being the one to make decisions. I just got up every day and tried to do what was best for our customer and that was all I really thought about. Erin made me think about what would happen after me.  

My kids are a bit younger and they just weren't at that point in life to know if they would want to become a part of this or not. Erin made me realize we were building a legacy, that if handled right, could span multiple generations. That is when the focus changed from being just a company to building a legacy to stand the test of time. Not just for my family, but for the families of our team. We have been so lucky to have worked with customers that have become like family that I realized it wasn't only about spanning our generation, but theirs as well. Our team members who have been here for a while have been part of the evolution of building the kind of company they believe in, delivering products and customer service they are proud to put their name on and building the working environment they would want their kids to work in. Our customers are the kind of people we want our kids working with.

LRIW: Tell us about what you do at Budde Enterprises. What is a typical day like for you?
Carrie and great niece Brooklyn busy at work
CB:  Most of my day is spent planning, organizing and answering questions. 

 We have  grown so quickly that training really takes a lot of time. I have had to learn to delegate and that has been a big struggle for me. It is truly fun when I get to see a team member being successful and my direct involvement is no longer needed. 

The best part of my day is still the customer. Many of these guys have known me since before I had a driver's license, so as I watch them get to retirement and look back at the things they have taught me and the experiences I have had with them I am truly lucky and thankful because without them, we wouldn't be what we have become and without them passing their information on we would not continue to grow.

I am proud that we are a company people can bring things they have problems with and we can help them find a solution for their problem. We are a small enough company that we can work on individual items and it doesn't always have to be about mass production or quantity.  

LRIW: What is the biggest challenge in running your own company?
CB:  Time. Time is the one thing you can't get back no matter what you do. It is tough to find a good balance between home and work and often I feel stretched in both places. I am lucky to have a husband that is very tolerant of my work life and kids that have come to understand the passion that drives me. 

People would be my other one. I like people, but managing people is a completely different ball game that I was not prepared or trained for and quite frankly suck at. I have worked very hard to become a better leader, but it is something I will forever be working on.

LRIW: How do you uphold Budde Enterprises' unmatched customer service to continue providing quality products?
CB:  Passion, integrity, self-pride and heart. Growing up, my parents set a high standard of quality to live up to. Most of our equipment and tools were not new, but always clean and well-maintained. No welding job was ever left unpainted. What things looked like mattered, even if they were old or just patched together. 

Our team doesn't have a lot of fancy degrees or higher education. Some of them do and they are great about sharing and using it, but what every one of them has is heart and pride in what they put their name on. We live by the rule of treating everyone and everything like you want to be treated. When something is in for repair, what would you expect if you were paying for that? When someone calls and is having trouble, what service would you expect if you were on the other side of the conversation? 

LRIW: How did you hear about LRIW and why did you get involved?
CB: A magazine article, I believe. I personally never thought about being 
a woman in the rail industry or being uncomfortable when I was the only girl in the 
ro om. That is how it has always been for me, even from the time I ran a chemical and fertilizer applicator truck. Having grown up doing this kind of work, most of our custome r base knew I physically knew what I was doing or talking about. It  wasn't until my niece got involved and then looking at my own daughter I realized being the only girl in the room could be very lonely sometimes. There have been times we only employed men and that can be a tough situation. I wanted to set them up with a resource on how to handle those situations that you only understand when you are a woman in a non-traditional role. 
Carrie speaking at the LRIW Annual Conference 
Railway Interchange 2017 
LRIW: If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
CB: Learn to delegate before you are overwhelmed and take better care of your people. We have lost some good people over the years because I lacked humility and leadership ability. I am still growing everyday, but I wish I would have learned that much earlier in life.

LRIW: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
CB: I don't have a lot of hobbies, I can always find more work to do. When I was very young we farmed ground for a guy who had his own pond. There were lots of early mornings we went fishing and that is still my most peaceful time of day where life just stops for a bit and I can be at peace. I also like to garden and can. My uncle and I get together almost every weekend and can whatever we have that week. Cooking with my mom and providing for other people are some of my best memories with her growing up and I am thankful to get to have that with my uncle now. 

LRIW: Growing up working the family business, founded by your father, do you
have any advice for an entrepreneur who is considering starting their own rail or non-rail related business?
LRIW/AREMA #WomenInRail Reception
Railway Interchange 2017
CB :
Learn to delegate and allow for time to train someone properly and completely, so they can be successful. 

Have thick skin and take a lot of classes. There are so many resou rces out there about leadership, management and personal growth. 

Read and learn from others' mistakes and realize you have to prove nothing to anyone. If you show up every day a nd do good work you don't have to be the  loudest person in the room, just the best.

I have truly been blessed with great people and a great family. I share a yard with my parents and live within five miles of both of my sisters in a community of six generations of my extended family. We get to work in an industry that is ever-changing and evolving, but still has heart and family feel. I truly love what we do and the people we get to do it with. Who could ask for anything more?
By: Sarah Leonardo
To commemorate the day that the last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie, British Columbia in 1885, the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS) hosted the 4th Annual National Railway Day (NRD) Conference on November 7 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The event brought together suppliers, railways and government to celebrate the exciting industry.

The theme of the event was
"Canada - A Leader in the Global Rail Revolution". The
Mary Proc, Vice President, Customer Service Delivery, Metrolinx, addresses the crowd
conference had several speakers that presented throughout the day, includi ng the following female industry leaders, Rhea Adama, General Manager Locomotive Shops, System, Canadian Pacific; Mary Proc, Vice President, Customer Service Delivery, Metrolinx; Kathy F ox, Chair, Transportation Safety BoardOlivia  MacAngus, Vice-President, Corporate Development, Plenary Group; and, Sarah Clark, President and CEO at Fraser River Pile and Dredge (GP) Inc. and Director Translink, Canadian Council P3.
Sylvia Newell (right) presents the 'CARS Lifetime Achievement Award' to Dale Williams (left) 

CARS presented their 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to
Dale Williams, VP of Canadian Regional Sales, GATX CorporationDale is the 3rd recipient of this award and the first female to be awarded. 

This award is presented to individuals who have gone above and beyond contributing to not only the industry, but to the association. 

Dale has had a long (over 40-years!) and varied career in transportation management, sales and marketing, business development and management, with an extensive background in policy development and advocacy. Her experience has  been a great asset to the CARS organization during her tenure on the board and in particular to the CARS lobbying efforts. Her contribution was extensive and  appreciated. 

"This year's conference was  partic ular ly special as it took  place  on the actual National Railway Day, November 7th that the Minister of Transportation  deemed in 2009, and was paired with Canada's 150th birthday," said Sylvia Newell, President, Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers and past LRIW Vice-President. "The lineu p of high caliber speakers drew in our biggest attendance yet. NRD has become  known as a national prestigious must-attend event and CARS is so very proud of its recognition and growth. There couldn't be a more perfect venue to present Dale Williams with her well-deserved CARS lifetime achievement award. I am extremely grateful for the support we have received from the entire in dustry and I am looking forward to next year's event."

By: Sarah Leonardo
We've been busy looking at what we can do better to meet the needs of you, our members. That's why we've been reaching out over the past few months gathering your valuable ideas and input. 

Sarah Grimmer Yurasko , LRIW Director and Assistant General Counsel, Association of American Railroads, is leading this special task force.

"We are taking an opportunity, recognizing the 20th anniversary of the LRIW to assess how we can better meet our members' needs today and for the future.  As a first step, we have been surveying LRIW members and industry leaders for their thoughts on what sort of benefits LRIW should provide to grow and support our membership. The next steps, currently in motion, include a broader upcoming survey to the entire membership with the goal of revamping our mission statement," said Sarah.

Stay tuned as we keep moving forward with this exciting endeavor! 

We recently hosted a networking event at this year's 2018 NRC Conference and NRC-REMSA Exhibition on January 12 in Los Angeles, California. 

Our well-attended event, had participants stargazing at the Griffith Observatory, then hiking up the Charlie Turner Trailhead for a closer look at the famous Hollywood sign. 

The LRIW would like to thank all of the railway industry celebrities who attended our star-studded event!  


Tanis Peterson, LRIW President and Director, Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Railway Association of Canada
The LRIW was at this year's 83rd Annual Toronto Railway Club d inner held on December 1 at the historical Fairmont Royal York Hotel. 

Tanis Peterson , LRIW President, and Director, Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Railway Association of Canada, attended the event and was seated at the head table. 

This sold-out event is attended by hundreds of railway industry professionals from across Canada and the United States. 

Half of the 83rd Annual Toronto Railway Club dinner head table


Andy Byford,
delivers the 
keynote address
The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) recently held a Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) seminar and technical tour, November 30 to December 1, 2018, in Toronto.  

This meeting brought together advanced train control system experts and interested parties from around the world. 

The agenda included 13 speakers and presentations and updates about CBTC projects currently underway or being planned in Canada, the application of CBTC on light rail transit and commuter rail systems, and lessons learned from working in brownfield environments.

The second day of the conference included an exclusive tour of the Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC)  Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) , in advance of revenue service opening to the public on December 17. This newly constructed subway was designed with CBTC automatic train operation (ATO) technology. 

The presentations can be viewed here. 

The photos from the conference can be viewed here. 
The LRIW would like to congratulate these two railway industry women on their recent appointments:

Caroline Decker, Vice President, Northeast Corridor Service Line, Amtrak
Kristin Smith, Vice President Communications, Association of American Railroads

Railway Age Magazine recently awarded their inaugural Women In Rail Award for 2017

Congratulations to the winners and the nominees 
and thank you for your contributions to the railway industry! 

We've recently updated our bylaws, including our dues section. 

Up until last year, our individual and corporate membership years ran from April to March. 

Our new membership year will now be January 1 to December 31Dues received from October 1 to December 31, 2017, will be valid for the 2018 membership year. 

Our individual membership dues are set to increase from $45 to $60 in 2019. In advance of this change, we are offering a special discounted rate for a 2-year membership until March 1, 2018. 

2018 Membership 
2018 & 2019 Membership
Individual Member
$100 (a $5 savings!)
*valid only until 03/01/2018
The dues increase is needed to help us continue to deliver our great annual programming and events. We are also busy working on the launch of our new member-focused website, coming this spring. 

Check your inbox for your renewal notice coming soon. 

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill
March 7, 2018
Washington, DC

The LRIW will be in attendance at Railroad Day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Washington, DC.

This event brings together railroaders from across the nation to share with Congress its unified vision for the railway industry.

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill is open to all Class I, II, and III railroad personnel, suppliers, contractors, labor, shippers, as well as state and local government representatives, with an interest in furthering the political goals of the railroad industry. By joining with your fellow rail industry workers, you can help drive home to Congress the important role that this industry plays in restoring America's economy, improving America's environment, and connecting America in the global marketplace.

LRIW Networking Event @ Railroad Day on Capitol Hill
  • Stay tuned for more information.
More Upcoming Industry Events

2018 NIT League Transportation Summit
January 29-31, 2018
InterContinental Dallas
Dallas, TX
Event website: www.nitl.org/events/

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in North America (CILTNA)
February 20, 2018
Hôtel Le Reine Élizabeth
Montréal, QC
Event website: www.ciltna.com/events-education#quebec  

Rail Freight Business Development
March 13, 2018
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Railway Age
Event website: www.railwayage.com/index.php/conferences/railfreight.html

New England Railroad Club 2018 Rail Tech Conference
March 22, 2018
DCU Center (Conference Center)
Worcester, Massachusetts
ASLRRA 2018 Connections Convention
April 7-10, 2018
Gaylord Opryland
Nashville, TN
SmartRail 2018
April 17-19, 2018
Amsterdam, NL

Light Rail 2018
April 26-27, 2018
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, MD
Railway Age and RT&S

58th Annual RSSI C&S Exhibition
May 21-24, 2018
CenturyLink Center
Omaha, NE
Rail Insights 2018
June 6-7, 2018
Union League Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA
Railway Age
2018 APTA Rail Conference
June 10-13, 2018
Hyatt Regency Dever at Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
RSI/CMA 2018 Rail Expo & Technical Conference
September 9-11, 2018
Music City Center
Nashville, TN
Event website: www.rsiweb.org/rsicma18

AREMA Annual Conference & Exposition
September 16-19, 2018
Hilton Chicago
Chicago, IL
US Rail Safety Week
Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
September 23-29, 2018
CUTA Fall Conference and Transit Show 2018
November 18-21, 2018
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, ON
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The LRIW Public Relations & Outreach Committee
  • Carol Steckbeck, Independent Public Relations and Communications Professional
  • Acacia Reber, Progressive Railroading
  • Kirstin Ward, NARSTCO, Inc.
  • Leslia LeMaster Wilson, TRAM Construction
  • Lindsey LeMaster, TRAM Construction
  • Sarah Leonardo, PNR RailWorks, Inc.
  • Colleen Leonardo, PNR RailWorks, Inc. 
  • Emilia Marceta, Metrolinx 

The League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) is a professional organization for women at every level and in every sector of the rail industry. It provides members with tools for professional growth and the opportunity to achieve a broader understanding of the rail industry through leadership training, industry seminars, and networking opportunities. 
Visit us at  www.lriw.org .