Railway Interchange 2017 attendance reaches 8,150; exhibits top previous record

INDIANAPOLIS, October 3, 2017 – Organizers for Railway Interchange, North America’s largest railway industry exhibition and technical conference held here September 17-20, today announced that total registered attendance for the event reached 8,150 and that a record-breaking 738 exhibitors participated.

The Railway Interchange 2017 exhibition showcased 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 featured technical presentations and discussions by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA).

“The host organizations of Railway Interchange 2017 are pleased with overall attendance and industry support for the event, which has grown to be the leading North American railway exhibition and technical conference. Our entire AREMA program was very well-received this year,” said AREMA Executive Director and CEO Beth Caruso.

RSI President Tom Simpson said, “Our attendees and exhibitors are giving Railway Interchange 2017 good reviews; our goal is to constantly improve upon the experience for participants. Attendance for CMA sessions continues to grow because of the quality speakers and topics represented on their agendas.”

REMSA Executive Director David Tennent noted, “Demand for exhibit space has increased from the first Railway Interchange in 2011 to this year’s event, underscoring its reputation as the must-attend railway industry exhibition and technical conference in North America.”

“Even following on the heels of major hurricanes in Texas and Florida this year, Railway Interchange 2017 was a clear success,” added RSSI Executive Director Michael A. Drudy. “Although booth space sales for Railway Interchange 2019 won’t begin until October 2018, advance interest is already strong.”

Railway Interchange 2017 Fast Facts:

  • Total number of exhibits: 738
  • Total registered attendees: 8,150
  • International attendees: 1,099
  • International exhibits: 108
  • Countries represented: 46
  • News media registered: 19

Note: International and news media attendance figures are included in the overall number of registered attendees. All numbers are based on pre-show and onsite registration and subject to an ongoing audit.

The previous Railway Interchange, held in 2015 in Minneapolis, drew more than 9,000 attendees and featured 687 indoor and outdoor exhibitors, with participants from 42 countries around the world, organizers said. Railway Interchange was last held in Indianapolis in 2013; that event drew 7,850 attendees, 657 exhibitors and participants from 40 countries.

The next Railway Interchange will take place September 22-25, 2019 in Minneapolis; future dates for the event are scheduled for 2021 and 2023. For updates, bookmark www.railwayinterchange.org.

About Railway Interchange

Railway Interchange combines the technical and educational conferences of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA) with the exhibits of the Railway Supply Institute (RSI), Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI).  Learn more at www.railwayinterchange.org; follow @RailwyInterchg on Twitter and use the #RailwayInterchange hashtag.

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