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Positive Railway Connections

  • 1,300 member professionals
  • Representing more than 400 member contractors and suppliers
  • Who together operate in all 50 U.S. states and all 10 Canadian provinces

The Benefits of Membership

NRC members and member companies benefit from a full range of valuable services that advance their careers and their businesses. Download our quick reference guide detailing our member services.


From our headquarters in Washington, D.C., the NRC is on the front lines representing railway contractors and suppliers before Congress and with federal agencies:

  • Work with lawmakers and regulators to ensure railway contractors and suppliers are protected and deemed "critical infrastructure workers" in light of COVID-19.
  • Updates on pending and passed federal transportation infrastructure policies, including spending and regulatory issues.
  • Participation in lobbying events, such as Railroad Day on Capitol Hill, with access to legislators, policy makers and other railway decision makers to promote a strong industry.
  • Coordination with other rail-related associations and organizations to host member company grassroots events with elected officials that help to implicate the message, maximize the impact of advocacy initiatives, and build relationships for NRC member companies.


Because we believe all incidents are preventable, the NRC develops and supports resources that foster a safe railway construction work environment:

Events & Programs

The NRC provides opportunities to connect with and learn from other railway professionals to expand your business and develop your career:

  • Participation in and discounted attendance fees for the annual NRC Conference, Exhibition and awards competition.
  • Listings in and access to the Annual NRC Membership Directory, a national publication and important resource for Class I, short line and transit rail customers.
  • Access as a buyer and/or seller to the exclusive NRC Railroad Construction and Maintenance Equipment Auction.
  • NRC Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to fun college expenses to eligible children and grandchildren of employees of NRC member companies who apply and are selected.
  • Education grants to a U.S. college, university or technical school with a railway construction, engineering or construction management program.
  • Webinars that provide timely and practical insights into safety, operations and market opportunities.
  • Participation in Hotel Engine (HE), a hotel booking management platform that gives its business members discounts for more than 300,000 properties worldwide. HE members save an average of 26% off publicly available hotel rates and can save even more with a Silver upgrade to the HE Rewards program. This upgrade allows NRC member companies and their employees the chance to earn extra points on every booking that can be used to redeem future travel. Create an account now to start enjoying all the benefits HE has to offer.

Market Insights

The NRC provides access to current data on rail industry markets and trends and helps our members make sound, informed business decisions.

  • Participation in conferences and access to railway presentations on transportation infrastructure spending and regulatory changes.
  • Links to relevant information in trade publications and to other industry associations and resources.

Want to get involved?
Apply to join a NRC committee.

What our members say…

I have appreciated the opportunity to give back to the industry by participating on an NRC committee. The opportunities are diverse – from membership resources, the various events, scholarships and awards – but each committee works closely with NRC leadership to help bring all of its membership services to life. Who better to serve the industry than the very people working in it!

Erika Bruhnke

Vice President, Training Services


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