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2019 Operations and Maintenance Conference

From June 10, 2019 until June 12, 2019

2019 Operations and Maintenance Conference, June 10-12, 2019

St. Louis, Missouri

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis



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 is the same, to help members solve their railcar maintenance problems and to provide necessary technical educational.


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 on coal cars, while others are also managing the maintenance on limestone, gypsum, ash or any other cars 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.  This year, Kevin Johnson, Coal and Rail Logistics Leader, of Nebraska Public Power District, is the Program Chairman and has created a strong agenda.  The traditional NCTA Utility Member Roundtable discussions will take place on Monday morning and the All Member Roundtable will commence Monday, mid-morning. 


June 10, 2019, Monday

8:00 am             Utility Roundtable

10:20 am           All NCTA Member Roundtable

12:15 pm           Reserved for private functions

6:00 pm             Welcome Cocktail Reception


June 11, 2019, Tuesday

8:00 am             General Session

6:30 pm             Reception and Dinner

June 12, 2019, Wednesday

8:30 am            General Session

11:45 am          Conference Adjournment

12:30 pm          NCTA Golf Tournament at Gateway National Golf Links (Please arrive by 12:15 for lunch)


The NCTA Operations & Maintenance Committee will hold its annual conference on June 10-12, 2019, at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, Missouri.  The city of Clayton is the premier hub of business, dining, and shopping in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.  Make your list now to try all of the St. Louis originals, including St. Louis barbecue, gooey butter cake, frozen custard, St. Louis style pizza, and toasted ravioli.  For an absolute culinary delight, you do not have to leave the hotel; a Ritz-Carlton specialty is the filet served on a Himalayan salt block in the Grill.  The hotel is located in a cul-de-sac ringed with flowers, foliage, a coffee shop, and restaurants.

Registration is required for each conference attendee.  The Conference fee is $600 for members and $800 for non-members.  After May 17th, an additional fee of $100 will be added for late registrants.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW ATTENDEES

Each room features a spacious 530 sq ft. floor plan with a Juliet balcony, flat screen TV with fully integrated technology, built-in electrical outlets and broadband connections on the desktops, wireless internet access, in-room gourmet coffees and teas, Comfort Essentials feather beds, marble bathrooms, European toiletries, and a complimentary daily paper.  Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 12:00 pm.  With the NCTA-negotiated rate, self-parking is complimentary and valet is $25.00 per day. 

Room Rate:
Embrace the luxury of the Ritz-Carlton.  The group rate of $199++ per night single/double will be honored from June 5, 2019 - June 15, 2019.  The cutoff date for the NCTA room block is May 17, 2019.  The Ritz-Carlton is located at 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri.  If you think that you might attend, PLEASE make a room reservation before the NCTA room rate cut off.  Non-NCTA rack rate is $499.00 per night.  

To book your room, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com, enter the St. Louis location and the group code NCTNCTA-Deluxe or call 314-863-6300.  

The annual NCTA O&M Golf Tournament will tee up at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 12th at the Gateway National Golf Links. The course is a short 15-20 minute drive from the hotel.  Gateway National offers St. Louis golfers the rare opportunity to return to the rich traditions of the game. Rolling links, separated by gentle mounds, meander through lush, green pasturelands.   

Tall grasses, lakes, wood-tie bunkers, and occasional giant cottonwoods complete the landscape. In view of the magnificent Gateway Arch, you will cross occasional stone bridges, glide on raised boardwalks through quiet wetlands, and enjoy play on the only public course with bentgrass fairways within hundreds of miles. 

The beverage cart on the course 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.  The cost per golfer for this event is $100.

Have you ever thought about participating on the Executive Committee?  Nominations are now being accepted.  You can nominate yourself or someone else.  Please contact Cathy LeFevers of Duke Energy, O&M Executive Committee Chairperson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 or Melinda Canter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2018-2019 Executive Committee Members