National Coal Transportation Association

Operations & Maintenance Conference Point Clear, Alabama • June 7-9, 2021

CLICK HERE to view the Conference Agenda

CLICK HERE to Register for the 2021 Operations & Maintenance Conference

To book a room at the Grand Hotel, contact Melinda Canter

Conference Sponsors

Conference Speakers (click to view agenda)

The NCTA O&M began as a group of private car users meeting in a hotel to discuss railcar issues they were experiencing.  Through the years, it evolved into the NCTA O&M Committee that it is today.  Its primary purpose remains the same, to help members solve their railcar maintenance problems and to provide necessary technical education.

The O&M consists of people that are interested in railcar operations and maintenance.  It is a group of suppliers, vendors, manufacturers, leasing companies, utility representatives, railcar maintenance contractors, and others.  Some individuals are primarily managing the maintenance of coal cars, while others are also managing the maintenance of limestone, gypsum, ash, or any other car types related to the coal business.

The NCTA O&M Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet railcar owners and listen to their concerns as well as their successes.  The speakers, technical papers presented, and discussion topics are determined by the members.  Kevin Johnson, Coal and Rail Logistics Leader of Nebraska Public Power District and Program Chairman and Kevin Koepke, ARS, are creating a robust agenda.  The traditional NCTA Utility Member Roundtable discussions will take place on Monday morning, and the All Member Roundtable will commence Monday, afternoon.

Program (Click to view Conference Agenda)


June 7, 2021, Monday
9:00-11:30 am Utility Roundtable
11:30 am Lunch by individual arrangement
1:00-3:00 pm All NCTA Member Roundtable
5:30 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception

June 8, 2021, Tuesday
8:00 am General Session
12:00 pm Lunch by individual arrangement
1:30 pm General Session resumes
6:00 pm Reception

June 9, 2021, Wednesday
8:30 am General Session
11:30 am Conference Adjournment
12:00 pm NCTA Golf Tournament at the Lakewood Club, Grand Hotel


Registration is required for each in-person or virtual conference attendee.  The Conference fee is $650 for members, $850 for Railroad, Non-Member Sponsors or Advertisers, and $1,200.00 for Non-Members.  After May 14th at 5:00 PM EDT, an additional fee of $100 will be added for late registrants.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

The NCTA Operations & Maintenance Committee will hold its annual conference on June 7-9, 2021, at the Historic Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa.

Treat yourself to a memorable experience at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection. Located near Fairhope, Alabama in the picturesque beach hamlet of Point Clear, our resort offers guests opportunities for both relaxation and entertainment. Challenge yourself at one of two renowned golf courses at the Lakewood Club, or spend the day finding balance at our 20,000 square foot Spa at the Grand. Bring the kids to our stunning pool complex, break a sweat at one of our ten tennis courts, or explore the white sand beaches of Alabama’s famed Gulf Coast. We also invite you to enjoy our array of dining opportunities, including casual dining at the Bayside Grill and local chef inspired farm to table fare at Southern Roots. When not exploring the myriad of activities available at our resort, guests can relax in their well-appointed hotel rooms and suites. Experience coastal living at its best at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa.

Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa $229.00++ per night  Book my room. Please use the link to book your room to receive the NCTA negotiated rate. PLEASE PLAN IN ADVANCE. THE NCTA NEGOTIATED RATE IS $229 PER NIGHT, THE CURRENT RACK RATE IS $510 PER NIGHT. Room reservations must be made by the cut-off date of May 14, 2021.

GOLF The annual NCTA O&M Golf Tournament will tee up, Wednesday, June 9th, at 12:30 pm at the Lakewood Golf Club. Arrive at noon for an optional Angus burger and fries lunch for $20.00.

The beverage cart on the course throughout the afternoon will be complimentary, and a no-host prize party will follow the event. Start gathering your logo items to donate to the prize pool. The cost per golfer for this event is $199.00 and $50.00 for rental clubs.

TRANSPORTATION The hotel offers airport transportation from Mobile Regional or Pensacola International Airports. The single passenger rate is $95.00 (plus gratuity). 2-3 additional passengers ride at $55.00 each. If you wish to contract this service, please call 251-990-6370. The hotel will co-ordinate the service and it can be billed to your room.

ELECTIONS Have you ever thought about participating in the Executive Committee?  Nominations are now being accepted.  You can nominate yourself or someone else with this form.  Please contact Justin Goertz, LCRA , Tim Armstrong, TVA, or Melinda Canter at