The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) is pleased to announce a new online program coming in January called
NRC FirstLook 2021!
NRC FirstLook is an alternative to the annual NRC Conference - the premier railway industry event held each January. While we would like to meet in-person and make valuable connections as we have done at the annual conference for the past 42 years, this year has brought about unforeseen circumstances that do not allow us to hold a safe and effective in-person meeting.

Through a series of high-profile, high-value online webcasts, NRC FirstLook 2021 will give NRC members and participants valuable and timely insights for the new year.

NRC FirstLook 2021 features these primary tracks:
  • Fireside Chat with a Class I CEO on Wednesday, January 6, 2021
  • Signals & Communications Panel on Wednesday, January 13, 2021
  • Procurement Panel on Thursday, January 21, 2021
  • Class I Chief Engineers Panel on Wednesday January 27, 2021

Plus, NRC FirstLook 2021 will include the special and safety awards that have contributed to making the NRC Conference the premier event in the railway industry. More information on those awards will be forthcoming shortly.

Questions: Please kindly reach out to NRC staff at or by phone at 202-975-0365.
Online registration opens the week of October 26. We will send NRC members and industry influencers more information as well as the registration form and instructions next week.

You will have the opportunity to register for individual events or take advantage of the discounted bundle price for all four events.

Registration Fees:

For NRC Members
  • Each Event: $150 each
  • All Four Events: $400 – the bundled discount rate for members only

For Non-NRC Members
  • Each Event: $250 each

Not an NRC Member and interested in becoming one? Join by clicking here. 
As we will not be meeting in-person this year we are looking ahead to the 2022 NRC-REMSA Exhibition and will be offering early booth reservations for 2022 in January 2021 to those who register for NRC FirstLook 2021. More information will be forthcoming.
Sponsor Opportunities:
The NRC offers its members the opportunity to sponsor a portion of a specific NRC FirstLook 2021 event. We’re also offering some unique opportunities to provide exposure for your business with our participants.
Take advantage of these benefits:
  • Company logo placement on all FirstLook 2021 promotional materials
  • Company logo display and mention on the FirstLook 2021 website
  • Listing in NRC Monthly Bulletin, and more!

If you and your company are interested in sponsoring or have questions, contact Mike McGonagle at or 202-975-0365.

Questions: Please kindly reach out to NRC staff at or by phone at 202-975-0365.

We’re looking forward to sharing this exciting new program with you!

The NRC is a trade association representing businesses from across the nation in the rail construction and maintenance field. NRC members range in size from small family businesses to the largest companies in the industry. NRC members perform work for transit, commuter, intercity passenger, industrial, and freight rail customers, with services including track construction and maintenance, grade crossings, signal and communications installation, bridge construction and repair, rail yard work, and many more. The NRC strives to put an emphasis on rail safety and quality while proudly serving the rail industry