The Voice of the Railroad Construction Industry

2018 NRC Conference


Each year, the NRC hosts its conference where all stakeholders of the railroad construction and maintenance industry are encouraged to attend. The conference typically encompasses more than 1,000 attendees, 150 exhibitors, and 25,000 square-feet of meeting space with a unique program agenda lined up with chief engineers from the major freight railroads and other key speakers covering up-to-date topics of importance to the rail industry.

Typical topics include:
  • Class 1 and Regional Railroad Capital Spending Plans
  • Rail Projects of National Significance
  • Commuter Rail and Transit Contracting
  • Rail Infrastructure Legislation
  • Railroad Construction Safety
  • High-Speed Rail Developments
  • Positive Train Control

Please click here to view the 2018 Conference Program.

Click here for 2018 NRC Conference Attendee List. 


Registration for the 2018 NRC Conference is now open! Please click here to register online, or complete and return this form

Completed forms should be sent to our office at:
410 1st Street SE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003

Checks may be made payable to: NRC. NRC accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express for credit card payments. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Bell by email at or by phone at 202-715-1264.


The conference will be held at the J.W. Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California. The NRC has secured a room blocks at the J.W. Marriott LA LIVE and the Ritz-Carlton LA LIVE. The room rates range from $247 - $395/night depending on the type of room selected. At this time limited room nights are still available. To make your hotel reservations, please reserve online though our passkey link To make your reservations by phone, call the J.W. Marriott LA LIVE at 213-765-8600 or the Ritz-Carlton LA LIVE at 213-743-8800 and be sure to mention that you are with the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Conference in order to receive the discounted room rate.

Overflow Hotel Options:

Residence Inn (across the street from the J.W. Marriott) Courtyard (across the street from the J.W. Marriott) 
Hotel Indigo LA Downtown (1 block from the J.W. Marriott) 
  •  King Room - $269 per night
  • To make a reservation, please call 1-866- 2-INDIGO use group code NR1. You can also book online at the discounted NRC rate by clicking on this link


Exhibit space for the 2018 NRC-REMSA Exhibition is on sale now.

View pricing by clicking here. 
View the floor plan by clicking here.
Sign up for a booth online by clicking here. 

The Exhibition begins with a reception the evening of Wednesday, January 10 and concludes the morning of Friday, January 12.  For more information about reserving an exhibit space, booth pricing, show hours, and more, please visit Please contact Urszula Soucie with REMSA at 202-715-2921 or for all exhibition related questions.


The NRC offers its members the opportunity to sponsor a specific conference function. For certain functions, companies will be able to sponsor all or part of the event. Conference Event Sponsors will receive sponsor ribbons on conference badges, signage and oral recognition at the event, their logo imprinted on the 2018 NRC Conference Program Guide front cover and space to distribute promotional literature or trinkets in the registration area. 2018 NRC Conference sponsorships still available. Click here to view the sponsorship opportunities. 

Please contact Matt Bell by email at or by phone at 202-715-1264 if your company is interested in being a sponsor. 


Two seminars are currently confirmed. 
  • The FRA Part 219 seminar with Jerry Powers from the FRA will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2PM in the Plaza I room at the J.W. Marriott LA LIVE. 
  • The FRA Part 243 seminar with Rob Castiglione from the FRA will be on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 3:30PM in the Plaza II room at the J.W. Marriott LA LIVE. 


The 2018 Spouse program will include:

  • A mini-spa treatment at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles Spa
  • A VIP back lot tour of Warner Bros Studio
  • Lunch at the Hard Rock on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Access to all NRC conference receptions and events

Mini-Spa Treatment:
Spouses will get access to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles Spa with options of a facial, pedicure, manicure, massage and a few other spa treatment options.
Warner Bros Studio Tour:
Travel via a luxury cart to tour spots where some of America's favorite TV series and movies have been filmed! This one-of-a-kind private movie studio tour will allow you to visit sets from Friends, Big Bang Theory, Gilmore Girls, Ellen, Pretty Little Liars, Batman, Harry Potter, Spider Man, etc. and view sets on exciting upcoming movie feature. Other areas visited may include the prop warehouse, technical facilities, and the sound building, where sound effects or a soundtrack may be currently recording. Again, this is an active studio so keep your eyes peeled for your favorite movie star!
Lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood:
Enjoy lunch in the heart of Hollywood! After lunch, enjoy a walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and some time checking out sights like the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre (host of the Academy Awards), Hollywood Masonic Temple (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and other sights. 


NRC's 2018 Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, January 12th at the Griffith Park GC (4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027) located approximately 8 miles from the J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE. Group transportation will be available, leaving the hotel at 11:00 am. Golfers may also arrange their own transportation. Golfers should plan to arrive at the course by 11:40am.

The tournament will boen the
Wilson and Harding courses.

Golf play will begin at 12:00 pm with a shotgun start. The Tournament format is a four-person scramble, allowing players with varying ability the opportunity to play and have a great time. A box lunch will be provided prior to the Tournament. The Golf Shop offers rental clubs at $55/set. The Tournament registration fee includes carts, green fees, lunch and refreshments, driving range, putting green and prizes.

To register for the tournament, please sign up as a part of the 2018 NRC Conference registration process
fill out this form or contact Matt Bell via email at


The 2018 NRC Sailing Tournament will be on Friday, January 12th from 11:30am to 4:30pm. Group transportation departs the hotel at 11am, with expected return by 5pm.
The sparkling waters of the Marina Del Rey Harbor provide a perfect backdrop for the 2nd ever NRC sailing regatta!  Each person will be fully interactive as an official “crew member” of their vessel, vying to push their team into the winner’s circle. The teams will tackle an exciting two-mile course over a period of 4 hours. 

The race officials will handicap the yachts, sound the time warnings, and officiate any penalty calls.  As each team’s yacht sails over the finish line, the horn will sound times will be noted, and final scores will be tallied. Sailing boats come with a captain. Captains will brief the crew on strategy, techniques and sailing instructions before the race.  The Tournament registration fee also includes a box lunch, snacks and beverages on the boat. 

o register for the sailing tournament, please sign up as a part of the 2018 NRC Conference registration process fill out this form, or contact Matt Bell via email at



The 2018 NRC Conference will be held in Los Angeles, CA from January 10-13, 2018.