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Operations and Maintenance Committee

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 Cathy LeFevers of Duke Energy. The group sponsors an educational conference in June of 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, 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 Cathy LeFevers at (980) 373-9382 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Operations and Maintenance Committee Guidelines

UMLER Waiver Agreement

                             2020 Operations & Maintenance Conference Tour