American Railway Development Association

November 2014
2015 Executive Forum - Register Now!
Registration for the 2015 ARDA Executive Forum (January 27-28 in New Orleans, LA) is now open via ARDA's new website

The theme of the event will be "The Changing Face of Business." The conference program will include sessions on the following topics:
  • Port of New Orleans Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal Improvements
  • Significant Developments for Utilities in Railroad Rights of Way: Valuation and BLM Interpretation of Congressional Land Grants
  • Locomotive Interactive Simulation Software
  • Economic Development Project Lessons Learned
  • Critical Facilities Protection
  • Debunking the Myths Associated with Utility Crossings in Public Right-of-Ways
  • Eminent Domain: Appropriate Appropriation by Railroads, Ports, Agencies and Other Statutory Creatures  

The 2015 Executive Forum will be held at the Hotel Monteleone

in New Orleans' historic French Quarter. ARDA has secured a special room rate for Executive Forum attendees. For details on how to book a room at this rate, as well as other information on the ARDA 2015 Executive Forum, please visit

New ARDA Website Launches
ARDA's new website ( successfully launched last week. The website offers information to the general public on our history and mission, our sponsors, past events and how to join ARDA.

ARDA members can now register for ARDA events, use the member directory, and communicate within their committees. First time member visitors to the new website should enter their contact email into the login field located at the top-right side of the website, and then click the "Forgot your password?" link to reset their password and gain access to the Members Only section.
Technology Feature 

An Introduction to 3D Printing

By Andrew M. Vollmer, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Vice Chair, ARDA Technology Committee

Think back to the years following the release of alternative-fueled automobiles in the United States.  These hybrids certainly did not take the world by storm.  At first, consumers struggled with the notion of a hybrid becoming their primary vehicle.  Sure, Hollywood A-listers dabbling in environmental advocacy could afford to keep one in the garage in case they needed to be photographed arriving at an award show.  But middle class Americans weren't yet convinced an overpriced battery with a lawnmower engine and four tires was the answer to their financial woes, let alone global warming. 


Eventually technology, manufacturing techniques, and consumer demand application caught up to the point where automotive manufacturers could achieve economies of scale and lower price points.  Consumers began to see economic and environmental benefits, making hybrids a practical choice even for skeptics.


While most design engineers would agree 3D printing hasn't quite reached this tipping point, it isn't that hard to imagine the technology having the ability to advance or improve an industry such as railroading.  Before we dive into the nuts and bolts of this technology, let's brainstorm some potential applications of 3D printing.



Membership Renewals

ARDA members, to renew your membership, please visit the new ARDA website at and log-in at the top right corner of the page. 

Your renewed membership allows ARDA to continue fostering the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads through the advancement of ideas and education of its members. 


If you are not an ARDA member and would like to join, please visit our registration page.
ARDA Sponsorship Opportunities

For over 100 years, the American Railway Development Association has helped foster economic development, real estate, law, technology and environmental activities of North American railroads. ARDA's seminars and workshops provide railroad professionals with quality information and industry discussion of the current issues facing railroad development. A balance of programs and interests has been the norm covering environmental, industrial development, business development, real estate, technology and law issues. ARDA would not have survived this long without our friends and sponsors supporting the organization's efforts.


ARDA offers sponsorship opportunities either on an annual basis or at one of our events. To sponsor ARDA please complete this form, or visit our sponsorship page for more information.  

Save the Date!

2015 Annual Meeting

The Changing Face of Business

July 12-15, 2015

The Westin Denver Downtown

Denver, Colorado 


For more information, visit the ARDA website or contact: 

ARDA staff at 
The American Railway Development Association (ARDA) is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology, and Environmental Activities of the North American Railroads. 
The objectives of the Association are to foster the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads; and through the advancement of ideas and education of its members, further promote the effectiveness of railway development and related work.
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