Friday, September 19, 2014

General Meeting 10/7/14

Tuesday October 7th will be our second general meeting of the year.  Come to Fisher 125 at 7:00 P.M. for an exclusive look into the rail internships/summer jobs our fellow REAC members had before fall semester began.  This will be a great opportunity to see the different areas of the industry you may take interest in!

Tuesday, October 7th
7:00 PM

As always, all majors are more than welcome! Pizza and refreshments will be there, and so should you!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

K-Day Was a Success!

We had a lot of fun at K-Day this year!  Many students stopped by to try their hand at the spin wheel and some railroad trivia.  It's looking like we have some rail-intrigued students, and given the fact we filled up all the chairs at our first general meeting, it is safe to say K-Day was a great success!

 Photo Credits: Tanja Mattonen

Hopefully you had the chance to stop by, but if not, we have some photos from the event hereAlso, if you're interested in the construction/voyage of the REAC cardboard boat, contact Kelsey (

Thursday, September 4, 2014

General Board Meeting 9/9/14

Next Tuesday marks the first REAC general board meeting of the semester.  We have a very special guest visiting us from Finland! Pauli Kolisoja, a professor at Tampere University of Technology, will be discussing more about his university and the connection it has to Finland's largest rail research group as well as a better look at railroading in Finland.  This should be very interesting, so stop on by!

Tuesday, September 9th
7:00 PM 

As usual, everyone is welcome regardless of major; and there will be pizza and refreshments!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall 2014 Update!

Greetings everyone! Hopefully you had a great summer and are looking forward to the plethora of REAC events on track for the fall!

For starters, REAC will have a table at K-Day!  K-Day is a wonderful opportunity to get out and see what organizations and clubs Michigan Tech has to offer.  We will have brochures and we'll be ready to answer any questions you may have about REAC or the rail industry.  It sounds like ice cream may be in the works, so make sure you come and check us out at McLain State Park!

Secondly, a reminder that the 10th Annual Railroad Night, and first ever Railroad Day have been scheduled for October 14th.  Mark your calendars because this is one day you won't want to miss! For more info, click here.

Don't forget about our field trips either! Looks like we'll be visiting the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad operations this fall and Omaha, Nebraska next spring.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Michigan Tech Rail Night is Moving to October!


   Some very exciting changes to Michigan Tech's Rail Night are upon us.  Railroad Night will be moving to October 14th, two weeks after the fall career fair.  By changing the date, we are aiming to remove the hassles of winter travel, making it easier for everyone to attend.


   In addition to the moving of Rail Night, we are introducing the first ever Michigan Tech Rail Day/EXPO.  On the same newly changed date as Rail Night, we will be holding a day packed with events aimed at getting students closer and more familiar with this opportunity-rich industry.  An afternoon cookout, Railroad Equipment/Technology Expo and around-campus displays are just a few of the great things planned for our new Rail Day.  Rail Transportation Program students will presenting their posters as well as research and educational activities on and off campus. Then, after an action-packed day of rail, we will all head over to the 10th annual Railroad Night for a dinner with industry.  There are many exciting things to look forward to over the course of the day, so mark your calendars for October 14th!

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or Contact Dave Nelson directly at or 906-487-1734

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

General Meeting - Tuesday, April 8 in EERC 100

We will be having the last general meeting of the year at 7pm on Tuesday April 8th in EERC 100. Guest speaker, Ed Burkhardt, will be coming to talk about when the UP railroads were owned by Wisconsin Central.

Food and refreshments will be provided.  All majors are welcome.
For more information please contact Colleen Carbary at

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring 2014 Field Trip to Detroit

The last weekend in March, REAC members had the incredible opportunity to head downstate and see how railroads play a vital role in Michigan's economy.

On the first day in Detroit, we visited SEMCOG where Tim Hoeffner and Tim Fischer gave us an inside look at the M-1 streetcar project that will soon break ground on Woodward Avenue.  In total, the streetcar will run 3.3 miles from the downtown Business District to the Amtrak Station off West Grand Boulevard.  While at SEMCOG, we got a very interesting presentation from Marge Byington with the Continental Rail Gateway.  She shared the current efforts to fund and construct a brand-new underwater rail tunnel connecting Detroit and Windsor.  Currently, two tunnels exist, however they are not tall enough to accommodate the increasing container train heights.  The next stop on the trip was Dearborn, where Barry Murray and Mike Hohenstein gave us a special tour of the city's almost completed intermodal passenger station that will be served by Amtrak's Wolverine.  After leaving Dearborn, Ryan Hoensheid escorted the group to Jackson where we learned about Amtrak's efforts to increase operating speeds on the Chicago-Detroit corridor.  Roger Saborido and Robert Lotsbaich gave the group a better understanding of the high-tech signaling systems that are being implemented on the line.  The first day was finished off by a great Amtrak ride back into the city. 

The second day was started off by a trip to SteelPro, where Paul Russo and Christopher Burcham gave us a tour of an enormous steel coil warehouse, complete with four indoor freight car unloading tracks; quite an impressive operation.  Next stop was the Norfolk Southern dispatching center where we met Dave Arnovitz.  Dave took us to see the TripleCrown intermodal yard and the vehicle loading facilities where vehicles are driven onto rail cars and shipped across the nation.  The last stop for the trip was Conrail's Livernois yard and Rouge River lift bridge, where Ed Statzer gave us an up-close and personal look at the massive bridge in operation.

In total, the 2014 Spring Field Trip to Detroit was action packed and very informative.

Thanks to all who made it possible!

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