Support, Connection, Advocacy

Coordinated Mechanical Associations

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) has a long standing relationship with the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA). RSI supports and coordinates their educational presentations and programs around RSI sponsored trade shows including Railway Interchange 2015 to be held next October.

There are currently five organizations that comprise the Coordinated Mechanical Associations. See below for more information on these organizations.

Submitting a CMA Technical Paper

If you are interested in submitting a technical paper or presentation for consideration at the CMA technical and educational sessions at the RSI annual trade show, please contact the CMAs directly using the contact information below. You can submit a summary of the paper to one or all of the CMAs. They will review your paper and summary and get back to you.

Air Brake Association

ABA Logo The Air Brake Association (ABA), established in 1893, helps guide the industry on items relating to air brakes on freight cars, passenger cars and locomotives.

The ABA serves the industry by publishing a proceedings book from their annual convention. A dedicated group, the ABA has only canceled their meetings during World War I and World War II.  In 2008, the ABA celebrated its 100th convention and proceedings book. A dvd has been made of ABA’s first 100 years of service to the railroad industry, it serves as informational air brake guidelines of both members and non-members.

International Association of Railway Operating Officers

IAROO LogoThe International Association of Railway Operating Officers (IAROO) provides members with pertinent operating and technical information that will allow them to provide superior railroad management for the future.  The association was founded in 1892 and is the oldest professional railroad association of the coordinated group.

IAROO participates in the annual meetings and provides technical presentations covering a wide range of operating topics.  Speakers are recognized as among the top experts in their respective fields.  We offer three technical manuals for purchase by members and the general public.  Our most valuable activity is providing a forum for members to network with top railroad experts from around the world.

League of Railway Industry Women

LRIW LogoThe League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW) is dedicated to providing women with the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the railroad business and achieve personal and professional goals at every career level.

Representing a dynamic and diverse group of women from across the industry,  LRIW provides leadership opportunities, educational sessions, and networking events throughout the year. LRIW members are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences in a manner that contributes toward the betterment of the organization and industry as a whole.

Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association

LMOA LogoThe Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association (LMOA) consists of railroad industry officers involved with the repair and maintenance of locomotives and shop related equipment. LMOA works to improve the skill, knowledge and capability of its members through continuing education and to exchange maintenance experiences and information with members to include locomotive builders and the railroad supply industry.

LMOA makes recommendations on locomotive maintenance procedures through comprehensive technical committee prepared in a collaborative effort by our six technical committees.

Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services

MARTS LogoThe Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS) is presently dedicated to provide training and value added forums relating to railcar maintenance needs in the areas of new technology, practical experience and best practices. MARTS original parent organization was founded in 1901 as the Chief Interchange Car Inspectors’ and Car Foremen’s Association and later became known as the Car Department Officers’ Association.

The objective of MARTS is to bring together individuals interested in freight car maintenance matters, for the advancement of knowledge pertaining to safe, economical operation of rail and transit cars; and to exchange ideas, discuss problems, promote uniformity and generally effect safety and economics in rail car construction, maintenance and operation.