Operations and Maintenance
The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Committee was founded over 30 years ago to educate utility car owners regarding the technology, design, maintenance, operations, and repair of railcars in unit train service. Technology and design have changed considerably over the last three decades with the advent of aluminum cars; improved bearing, truck, brake, and draft gear design; and increased lading in coal cars. NCTA members have invested more than $4 billion in railcars and have a large stake in handling, maintaining, and repairing their investment.
The O&M Committee is chaired by Kevin H. Johnson of Nebraska Public Power District. The group sponsors an educational conference each year at various locations. Over the years, the agenda has included Trucks 101 and 102, Wheels 101, Aluminum Metallurgy, ECP Brakes, four-port testing, longer trains, controlling motion, air brake vales, wheel wear, and presentations on new technologies as well as policy and procedures. Rail carriers and NCTA members that are rail component manufacturers have taken active roles in education and problem resolution within the O&M Committee’s activities. The Committee follows the Association of American Railroads’ rulemaking processes very closely and provides input to the process.
For more information or to participate in O&M Committee activities, please contact Committee Chairperson Kevin Johnson at (308) 530-7115 or firstname.lastname@example.org