The NRC organizes events designed to educate and foster collaboration to strengthen the railway industry, our members and member companies.


Mark your calendar for January 4-7, 2023 for the rail industry's premier networking event of the year.  The NRC Annual Conference will be held at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.  Check back later this summer for details about reservations for exhibit space and hotels.

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20th Annual NRC Equipment Auction

Sellers & Buyers Come TOgether

For a Good Cause

  • Sell equipment, parts and scrap in your fleet
  • Buy needed equipment and parts
  • Support valuable safety resources for our industry


This springtime event brings together buyers and sellers of used railroad construction and maintenance equipment. All contractors, suppliers, and railroads are invited to sell, consign, or donate their equipment.  In recent years, this events has featured in-person and online auctions. Proceeds from donated equipment supports the NRC’s safety training programs, including the ongoing safety training video series and FRA Part 243 templates.

How It Works - A buyer's Premium of 10 percent is charged on all items.

Auction Proceeds for a Worthy Cause - A percentage of the buyer’s premium supports the NRC’s safety training programs.

20th Annual Equipment Auction - Thank you to this year's sponsor: Progressive Railroading.

Date: In-person Auction - May 2, 2024, On-line Auction - close at 12 pm (CST) on May 6, 2024

Registration - Click here to register. Your registration will let us know if you intend to particulate virtually or in person and if you intend to consign or donate equipment.

Location: Blackmon Auctions Complex, 425 Blackmon Road, Lonoke, AR  72086 (about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, AR)

Hotel: Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock, # 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, AR 72114. A standard non-smoking room is $119/night. Click here to access the NRC's room block with our negotiated rate.

Night-before-Auction Happy Hour: Enjoy an evening of camaraderie and networking at the home of the Travs, Little Rock’s premier minor league baseball team. We'll have food and drink in the ballpark’s premium suite sponsored by RELAM, MOW Equipment Solutions, and Delta Railroad Services.

  • Date: May 1, 2024
  • Time: Gates open at 5:35 pm. Service in the suite begins at 6:05 pm with the first pitch at 6:35 pm.
  • Ticket pick-up for registered attendees: May 1 from 3 to 4 pm in the Wyndham hotel lobby
  • Location: Dickey-Stephens Park, 400 W Broadway St, North Little Rock, AR 72114. It's just a 0.4 mile walk from the Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock.
  • Know before our go: Check out these guidelines for entering and enjoying your time at the ballpark before you go.

Auctioneer: Blackmon Auctions. If you are interested in consigning, selling, donating or inspecting equipment, or registering as a bidder, contact NRC Auction Chairman Danny Brown or Thomas Blackmon.

2024 Railroad Equipment Auction

The annual auction was a big success. We hope you will join us again in 2024.

Learn more about the 2023 Auction

Shipment and Delivery of Equipment: To schedule shipping or delivery of equipment following the auction, please contact Billy Hartnedy of Blackmon Auctions by email.

Schedule and Hotel Recommendations: Details will be announced early in 2024

General Questions? Contact Auction Committee Chairman Danny Brown or Mike McGonagle, the NRC’s vice president of government affairs & operations.

Past Auctions - In the past, prior auctions have featured a range of used equipment, including the following:

  • adzers/cribbers
  • air compressors
  • backhoes
  • ballast regulators and compactors
  • clip applicators and removers
  • cranes
  • excavators and gradalls
  • hi-rail trucks
  • Mark II, III, IV and 6700S  tampers
  • rail heaters
  • rail saws
  • rotary scarifiers
  • speed swings
  • spike drivers and pullers
  • tie handlers
  • tie removers/inserters
  • track liners
  • track undercutters

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What our members say…

Fleet and operations managers continually evaluate their equipment to ensure they have the right mix for the work ahead. That’s been a huge reason for the popularity of the NRC Railroad Equipment Auction. This highly anticipated annual event gives railroads and contractors the opportunity to sell and buy equipment to optimize their fleets.

Steve Bolte

Vice President, Business Development North America

Danella Companies

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