National Coal Transportation Association

Operations & Maintenance Conference Branson, Missouri • June 6-8, 2022

NCTA 2022 Operations & Maintenance Conference
The New Era of Super Trains- Technology & Maintenance Considerations

CLICK HERE to Register for the 2022 Operations & Maintenance Conference

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To book a room at the Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Centre

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NCTA 2022 O&M Conference Sponsors: Thank you!

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NCTA Operations & Maintenance Conference

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 of today. Its primary purpose remains to help members solve their railcar maintenance problems and provide necessary technical education.

The O&M consists of people that are interested in railcar operations and maintenance. It comprises suppliers, vendors, manufacturers, leasing companies, utility representatives, railcar maintenance contractors, and others. Some individuals primarily manage the maintenance of coal cars, while others address the maintenance of limestone, gypsum, ash, grain, soy, or other bulk commodities shipped via unit train.

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


Confirmed Presenters Company Presentation
Wayne Precure Aventics

Moisture in Auxiliary Train Line – Causes, Effects, and Solutions

Brent Wilson


Onboard Wireless Monitoring System for Railroad Rolling Stock Components – Field Test Results and Review

Tim Wacker Iljin Advancements in Rail Bearing Technology
David Nahass Railroad Financial Corp Rail Equipment and Rail Finance Market Update – Mid Year 2022
Jonathan Sunde Strato In-Train Energy Management
Karen Carriere TTCI TTCI Update on “Very Long Train Study” and AAR Initiatives
John Deppen Amsted Draft Gear Specifications Must Change to Meet New Demands
Mark Michel
Amsted Brake Issues that Impact Rail Transportation

Patrick Whalen                BNSF                                BNSF Brake Health Effectiveness

Jared Cassity                  SMART                              Very Long Coal Trains & the Effects on the                                                                                                                            National Railroad System

Contract Shop Repair Panel


June 6, 2022, Monday
9:00-11:30 am Railcar Owner Roundtable
11:30 am Lunch by individual arrangement
1:00-3:00 pm All NCTA Member Roundtable
5:30 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception

June 7, 2022, Tuesday
8:00 am General Session
12:00 pm Lunch by individual arrangement
1:30 pm General Session resumes
6:00 pm Reception

June 8, 2022, Wednesday
8:30 am General Session
11:30 am Conference Adjournment
12:00 pm NCTA Golf Tournament at Pointe Royale Golf Club


Registration is required for each in-person or virtual conference attendee.  The Conference fee is $675 for members, $850 for Railroad, Non-Member Sponsors or Advertisers, and $1,200.00 for Non-Members.  After May 13th at 5:00 PM CDT, an additional fee of $100 will be added for late registrants.

Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center The NCTA Operations & Maintenance Committee will hold its annual conference on June 6-8, 2022, at Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center.
Treat yourself to Branson’s only AAA Four Diamond resort. Located 10 miles from downtown Branson, Missouri, discover an Ozark Mountain oasis. The modern-day “Castle in the Ozarks” welcomes guests with upscale resort amenities, friendly Midwestern hospitality, and spectacular lakefront views. It is the perfect base to enjoy Branson’s live shows, Silver Dollar City, Table Rock Lake, and our surrounding nature trails. After a fun-filled day, unwind at Spa Chateau, our scenic outdoor pool, or award-winning restaurants.  The hotel features:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Business Center
  • Concierge service
  • Bell service
  • Outdoor pool
  • 24-hour indoor pool
  • Poolside service
  • 24-hour Fitness Center
  • Spa Chateau
  • Crawdaddies Kids Club
  • Movie theater
  • Tennis courts
  • Nature trails
  • Full-service Marina
  • Complimentary shuttle to Marina
  • Guest laundry room 
  • Car charging station
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Pet-friendly rooms

Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center $179.00++ per night  Book my room. Please use the link to book your room to receive the NCTA negotiated rate. Room reservations must be made by the cut-off date of May 13, 2022.


The annual NCTA O&M Golf Tournament will tee up, Wednesday, June 8th, at noon at the Pointe Royale Golf Club. Arrive at noon for lunch, and the annual NCTA O&M Golf Tournament will tee up at beginning at 12:15 Start gathering your logo items to donate to the prize pool.

The Pointe Golf Course is a 
true shot-maker course with lush bent grass greens, Bermuda grass surrounds, zoysia collars and chipping areas, twelve holes with water, crisp white sand traps, and tees for all levels of play. The Pointe Golf Course is a world-class golf experience.

The Pointe is regarded as the original championship golf course in the Branson area. They take great pride in maintaining the beautiful course; with the rolling fairways and mature trees, The course offers the perfect combination of beauty and challenge for all levels of players. A pizza party lunch will be provided and the beverage cart throughout the afternoon will be complimentary. A no-host prize party will follow the event, so start gathering your logo items to donate to the prize pool.

For this event, the cost per golfer is $189.00 and $25.00 for rental clubs.



  • The closest airport is the Branson Airport (BKG), located about 25 minutes away but has limited flights.
  • The Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) is about an hour away from the resort but offers many more flights and carrier options.
  • The Fayetteville/Bentonville, Arkansas (XNA) is about two hours away, and this airport is an option for those that want to enjoy the wider area.


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