About Railway Interchange


With the primary goal of bringing rail industry professionals together in a way that informs, inspires, and promotes the global rail marketplace — Railway Interchange is the largest combined railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. Attended by nearly 10,000 industry professionals from around the globe, this massive event is held every two years in major U.S. cities and includes an impressive outdoor rail-yard exhibits on alternating years.

The Railway Interchange exhibition showcases the latest technology, services, and research by members of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA), and Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI).

Railway Interchange also features technical presentations and discussions by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA).

To learn more about upcoming Railway Interchange events, click here.

Who exhibits at Railway Interchange?

Railway Interchange exhibitors include a vast array of companies and organizations, both large and small, from all key segments of the rail industry. Nearly 700 exhibitors were on hand at Railway Interchange 2015, including entities from these categories:

  • Locomotive and Freight Car manufacturers, as well as providers of related mechanical Systems and Components
  • Maintenance of Way products and services
  • Communications & Signaling products and services
  • Rolling stock leasing services
  • And many other rail industry services

To learn more about advantages and opportunities of being an RI exhibitor, please see our Exhibition page. Or contact the appropriate association for your product-or service-category in the rail industry.

Who attends Railway Interchange?

As a point of reference, Railway Interchange 2015 (held in Minneapolis, MN and which included our popular outdoor exhibits) attracted 9, 571 registered attendees from 42 nations. And Railway Interchange 2017 (held in Indianapolis, IN with indoor exhibits only) attracted 8,150 registered attendees from 46 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa. Among those in attendance at every RI event are representatives from North American and international Class 1 Railroads, Short Line Railroads, and mining concerns – approximately 40% of which held the title of CEO, Executive, VP, or Manager. Purchasing professionals, specifying engineers, railroad employees, and other railroad influencers (e.g. other railroad staff, government regulators, representatives from municipalities, members of the trade press, university students) comprise the other portion of attendees, making Railway Interchange a focused, vibrant, engaged, and information-driven audience.

2017 Stats

Proof is in the numbers!

For a sense of what a great event Railway Interchange will be for exhibitor – and attendees? Check out these impressive stats from the Railway Interchange 2017!