Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Scholarship time!

Looking for interested students!  Over $12,000 in scholarship funds dedicated to Michigan Tech Students!  Submitting an application also puts you in the pool for over $50,000 more in scholarships awarded by AREMA each year.  Only one application is needed for all of these opportunities ... but you need to act now!  The deadline for applications is December 14th ... that is this Saturday!   Let David Nelson (dannelso@mtu.edu) know if you have any questions, or if you need help finding an application (copies are in Room 316 Dillman, or on line at http://www.rail.mtu.edu/scholarships2.htm).  Help us find a good home for this money!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Scholarship Time!

Just a quick reminder that there are still scholarship opportunities from the Rail Program!  See our website at http://www.rail.mtu.edu/scholarships2.htm for details, but there is over $12,000 in scholarship funding available ... but you have to act NOW!  The deadline for applications is December 14.  The application form is a single page, but also requires a resume and transcripts.  Don't wait!  Apply now!  Let David Nelson know if you have any questions! He can be reached by email at dannelso@mtu.edu or by phone at 906-487-1734.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Meeting

We have one last general meeting this month as we wrap up this semester. The meeting is this Tuesday, December 3 in DOW 875 at 7:00pm . There will be a presentation on the "M-1 Rail Project Overview" by Heather Carmona (Chief Administrative Officer of M-1 Rail).

M-1 RAIL is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to lead line design, construction, and future operation of a 3.3-mile circulating streetcar along Woodward Avenue between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit Michigan.

As always, food and refreshments will be provided! See you there!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Open Officer Meeting moved to Wednesday

The Open Officer Meeting scheduled for tonight (Nov. 18th) has been moved to Wednesday, November 20th at 7-8pm. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fall 2013 Mineral Range Railroad, Humboldt, MI

This past Sunday, November 10th, members of REAC visited the Mineral Range Railroad in Humboldt, MI, a small community about half an hour west of Marquette. 

The Mineral Range Railroad is a small short-line railroad operated by Clint Jones and currently services a small explosives company and scrap metal yard. However, by late next summer, it will also be serving the Humboldt Mill, where the copper and nickel ore from the Eagle Mine (operated by Lundin Mining) will be processed and shipped out by rail to be further refined in Canada.  

Guided by Craig Krause, a local contractor who is now the Chief Engineer for the Mineral Range, the group was shown the Humboldt Junction where the Mineral Range connects into the CN line before shooting off into the woods towards Ishpeming. Afterwards, we were shown a wooden bridge and taught how to measure for rot and how to replace wooden supports with steel beams. Finally, we made our way to the M-95 grade crossing and learned about the construction process as well as some personal insight from Craig himself. To finish off the trip, we swung by the Humboldt Mill to grab a few pictures of the process.  

The track construction is still an ongoing progress and has yet to be built from M-95 into the mill yard. There will be future trips to the site once the construction is complete, so check back for any further updates!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Meeting this week and special presentation

Hello hello hello!!!

This is a reminder that out general meeting is tomorrow, November 12 in Dillman 214 at 7:00PM. Carmen Garozzo will be speaking on behalf of Bergmann Associates about "Farm Lane - An example of the emerging trends in the rail industry."  As always, pizza and refreshments are provided.

Secondly, Professor Dr. William Sproule  will be presenting and signing his very own book "Copper Country Streetcars" on Thursday, November 14 in DOW 641 at 7:00PM. (there was an error on the flyer that was sent out about) This is an open event for everyone, including the surrounding communities of Houghton and Hancock. (Refreshment provided, No entry fee)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fall Field trip!

This Sunday, November 10th, we will be visiting the Mineral Range in Humboldt, MI. We will be leaving Lot 24 at 8am and arriving in Humboldt around 9:30 or 10 to begin the tour. We will see the crossing, junction, bridgework, and track bed leading up to the mill. If possible, we will also be having a look at their locomotive used in their current switching operations.

At 1pm we will possibly be visiting the LS&I for a site tour of their repair shop, ore dock, and the Empire Mine. I will keep you posted on the status of this. Otherwise we will be heading back to campus and should be home by mid-afternoon.

Below is the sign-up sheet. Please sign up as soon as possible so I can let the tour guide know how many are showing up. 

Also, we will stopping for lunch on the way home (or in between tours if that works out) so bring some money. Additionally, dress warm. There is snow in Humboldt. Wear steel toe boots if you have them. PPE will be provided.

If you have any questions please contact Christopher Blessing at clblessi@mtu.edu 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thursday, November 14th at 7pm in Dow 641 --- Presentation and Book Signing of "Copper Country Streetcars" by Dr. William J. Sproule

On Thursday, November 14th at 7pm in Dow 641, REAC will be hosting a community event with Dr. Bill Sproule, a professor here at Michigan Tech and author of the new book, Images of Rail: Copper Country Streetcars. He will be giving a presentation on the the history of street cars when they were popular here in Keweenaw Peninsula over 100 years ago during the boom of the copper mines. Afterwards, there will be a book signing, so stick around and get one as a gift for someone. 

Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lake Linden Halloween Train Volunteering

On Saturday, October 19th, members of REAC volunteered at the annual Lake Linden Halloween Train which featured food, train rides, and a haunted house in the ground floor of the Houghton County Museum. It was a great opportunity to interact with the local community and unwind from a rough week of school. This will be an annual event for REAC, so if you missed out this time, there is always next year! Please see keep an eye on the site for future volunteer opportunities.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Volunteers for the Houghton County Museum Haunted House

Hey Everyone! 

REAC is looking for volunteers for this Saturday, October 19th at the Houghton County Museum in Lake Linden. They will need volunteers from 6-10pm to work at the Haunted House (in the museum this year!), the train, and various skits. So wear a costume if you have one! There will also be food at this event.

The link tells you how to get there: http://www.houghtonhistory.org/maps.html

Please send Christopher Blessing an email as soon as possible if you want to go so he can give them an idea of how many want to show up. As before, please let him know if you need a ride.

Hope to see you there! Let Chris know if you have any questions.

Chris: clblessi@mtu.edu

Volunteering with Quincy Mine and Hoist

On Saturday, October 12th, REAC adviser Dave Nelson and student members of met up with the Quincy Mine and Hoist volunteer Ron Whiton and others to lay about 100 feet of track next to the old Quincy Mine round house. With nothing but muscles, spike mauls, claw bars, shovels, and some good story telling, the group was able to get the track all spiked and lined before 1pm. Everybody had a great time so be on the look out for the next volunteering event at Quincy or Lake Linden. 

100 feet of track, WOW!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall 2013 AREMA Conference, Indianapolis IN

At the AREMA Conference in Indianapolis, IN students got to interact with the rail industry representatives.
Alumni from various companies around the United States joined the Michigan Tech group of 16 students for a group photo during the conference.

Cardboard Boat Race - Fall 2013

This year REAC tried a new approach to get the word out about the club. During the Fall 2013 Homecoming, a cardboard boat was made to compete in the Cardboard Boat Race on the Portage by Chutes and Ladders. 
It was made into a train.
 Although it did not win first place, everyone involved with the process had smiles on their faces
 (Left side, front to back) Ashley Pedrotte, Christopher Blessing, Tanja Mattonen, Nicholas Lanoue
(Right side, front to back) Nicole Wehner, Michael Bartkowiak, Brian Haupt, Kate
We plan on doing this again in the future for club member bonding and to spread the word about REAC 

UPDATE: General Meeting #2 will now be held in DOW 875


Our general meeting this week on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00pm is now moved to DOW 875. We will recap about the 2013 Rail Interchange Conference and then have a guest speaker Allen Brown. Mr Brown is the President & CEO of Railmark Holdings Inc. and will be presenting on Rail Transloading Facilities: Development, Promotion and Operation. 

As always there will be pizza and refreshments served.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Second General Meeting, October 8th

Hello Everyone!


Location: DOW 875
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 7pm

We will recap about the 2013 Rail Interchange Conference and then have a guest speaker Allen Brown. Mr Brown is the President & CEO of Railmark Holdings Inc. and will be presenting on Rail Transloading Facilities: Development, Promotion and Operation. 

Pizza and pop will be provided as usual (:

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

First General Meeting Sept. 10 -- 7pm

Hello Everyone!

It's a brand new year and you know what that means..


Location: 214 Dillman
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 7pm
Presentations from Students with Rail Internships and an introduction to what REAC is

FREE PIZZA and pop as usual

and of course all things RAILROAD!

Hope to see you there!

REAC at K-Day

Keweenaw Day is just around the corner and we have some neat things at our booth this year.

Don't forget that this in on Friday, September 6th from 1-4pm at the McLain State Park just over the bridge in Hancock.

It will be a fun filled day with not only information about the club but a super fun activity as well. I won't give it away entirely but there is water and the potential drenching of some REAC officers. Fun right? It definitely is!

Come out and see us and ask what we are all about!
See you on K-Day!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

General Business Meeting - 4/9/2013

The Mineral Range Railroad

A Brand New Upper Peninsula Railroad

Location: Dillman 214
Time: 6pm
Presenter: Clint Jones, President of Mineral Range Railroad


All majors and community members welcome! Free pizza and pop as usual.

Please come and learn about this historic moment for the UP, and meet the man making it possible.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sign Up for 2013 Spring Trip to Escanaba!

Just in case you may have missed our emails, the sign up for the Escanaba trip is now available. Here's the trip itinerary:

We will be touring both E&LS and CN Rail facilities this weekend, Saturday, April 6th, in Escanaba. If you are interested please fill out the attached form and give a $20 deposit to Pam Hannon by noon on Friday (April 5) to reserve your spot. The deposit will be refunded when you arrive Saturday morning. If you have steel toe boots please bring them or PPE will be provided.

The current plan would be to leave from Houghton around 7 a.m. and be done with E&LS around 11:30 a.m. E&LS currently has many projects going on in their shop so there is a lot to see! Last time we visited CN, we brought some pizzas and ate lunch (CN folks are welcome to eat with us as well), while the supervisor talked a bit about their operations.

 After lunch we looked at the rotary dump, ore dock, car repair shop, visited locomotive cab and looked at some yard features. We should be on the road back around 2 p.m.

Need to know by Wednesday, April 2nd by 5pm (Today!).  But don't worry about turning in the deposit before then.  The deadline for the deposit is Thursday afternoon at 5pm. If you want to go just sign up on the spreadsheet and show up on Saturday.  This is a great opportunity to take a few hours and learn a lot about the railroad industry. Plus its FREE and includes lunch! It is hard to beat that!  As you can see you would be home by 6pm and still have plenty of time to enjoy the evening.  I hope to see you guys on the list!

Itinerary (subject to change):

Meet in Lot 24 (Football SDC Lot) - 7:00 a.m.
E & LS - 7:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lunch TBD - 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
CN Rail - 11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Depart for Houghton - 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions let me know.

Sign Up Here!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Officer Elections!

Hello Everyone:

This is a very urgent email detailing the OFFICER ELECTIONS that are coming up on Tuesday, March 19 at 6pm in Dillman 204. As you may know, a few of the Senior officers (President, VP, and Treasurer/Secretary) will be graduating after this semester. If any of you are interested or know any nominees for the officer-ship roles be prepared for the next GBM. Other opening positions are Webmaster, Advertising, and Social Chair. We are the future leaders and engineers of the railroad industry, so the current officers encourage you all to run for a position to lead another successful academic year.

As always there will be FREE pizza and drinks at the meeting. Have a GREAT Spring Break and see you all on Tuesday!


Antonio Passariello

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

8th Annual Railroad Night Is Here!

REAC's 8th Annual Railroad Night will be tonight from 7-9:30pm in the Shelden Grill (7th Floor Magnuson Hotel.) Come network with the representatives serving the US railroad industry and enjoy a a nice meal at the same time!

See you there!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Engineering Week - Mega Structures

The Railroad Engineering and Activities Club will be having an Engineering Week Event Monday  Febuary 18, at 7pm, in Dow 642. We will be showing the National Geographic movie "Mega Structures: Extreme Railway, Qinghai-Tibet.  It is a great movie that features Michigan Tech's very own Dr. Pasi Lautala!  In addition industry reps will be in attendance.  The event is free and open to everyone, so bring some friends!  Free pizza and pop will be provided!  The event poster poster is attached for more details.  Hope to see everyone there!

EDIT: The video is now posted. Enjoy!

Friday, February 15, 2013

CN Donates $500,000 to Rail Transportation Program

Michigan Tech's Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) is pleased to announce CN's extremely generous donation of $500,000 to the Rail Transportation Program (RTP.)

CN is a leading Class I railroad in North America, serving all sorts of industries throughout Canada and the United States.

REAC and RTP are very fortunate for the generous donation and appreciate all that CN has provided for us in the way of funding, field trips, time, and commitments. We look forward to keeping this relationship going well into the future.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NO GBM 2/12/2013

Due to next Tuesday's Railroad Night, there will be no General Business meeting for the month of February.

Speaking of which, Railroad Night is coming up very quickly. Plan ahead to make time after Career Fair as it is undoubtedly going to be a very busy Tuesday for everyone.

As of yesterday at noon, we had 81 students signed up to participate at Railroad Night, but we need more! If you haven't gotten a ticket yet, please do so as soon as possible.

See sign up sheet below for times and locations for ticket sales. If you would like to help out selling tickets too, just type in your name and if you have any questions about getting the supplies, email Kyle Pepin or Dylan Anderson (also below.)

Kyle Pepin - kpepin@mtu.edu
Dylan Anderson - djanders@mtu.edu

Hope to see you all next Tuesday Night!

Monday, January 21, 2013

General Business Meeting -1/22/2013

Development of a Modern Intermodal Facility

Location: DOW 875
Time: 6pm
Presenter: Chris Durden, Director of Terminal Development with CSX Intermodal


Free Pizza and Pop as Usual!

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Railroad Night Fast Approaching!

One month from now will be the 8th Annual Railroad Night. Tickets need to be sold so please sign up below if you have the time. The more help the better!

Link: Click This.