Welcome to the University of Manitoba AREMA Student Chapter (UMASC) website! We are the first AREMA Student Chapter in Canada and enter the 2018/2019 academic year following a very successful inaugural year. We grew to over 30 student members and hosted guest lectures from various members of the industry and even were given a tour of the CN Symington Yards in Winnipeg. If you are a civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering student interested in the railway industry, you've come to the right place!

Here on our website, you'll find an up-to-date calendar of all our events and activities, summaries of our past activities (along with photos!), useful information on the railway industry, and continuously updated resources that can help you learn more. We will also have surveys and forms posted from time-to-time to get feedback from our members that will help steer the Student Chapter towards achieving the educational goals of our members.

We are also interested in supporting the work and research interests of our current members.

AREMA Education Foundation Scholarship

AREMA offers various scholarships with various different requirements. The deadline for the current year is December 4, 2020. For more information, please click here.

Congratulations to Jared Vanderwees on being awarded the Committee 27 - Maintenance-of-Way Work Equipment Scholarship, Caleb Olfert on being awarded the Wayne Russell Memorial Scholarship, all presented by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association.

A list of all of this year's AREMA Scholarship winners can be found on the AREMA Website. Congratulations to all of this year's winner and we encourage everyone to apply next year!

Photo Competition with TRAINS Magazine
Hi all,
We are having a photography competition and TRAINS Magazine (www.trn.trains.com) is sponsoring it. The goal of this competition is to see who can capture the greatest, most epic, eternal, soul-moving, bluesy, bring-a-tear-to-your-eye photograph of a train.
We have developed three distinct themes that each member can submit to (you are allowed to submit one photograph per theme). Photographs will be posted to our Google+ and Facebook page so everyone can see what they are up against. The themes are song names and the performers are provided, along with links to the songs for inspiration:

Boxcar Blues by Boxcar Willie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D-g7pIn3i8

- Photos of boxcars, the more rustic and lonely the better! Take a photo that can make the judges shed a tear and I

         guarantee you'll win!


Downtown Train by Tom Waits - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja2evWhGWHA

- One of the UMASC President's favourite songs, so this is going to be a competitive category! Pictures have to show

          evidence of Winnipeg's downtown area, skyline or recognizable buildings/structures.


Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z9wd9bS1FM

- Category added by the VP of UMASC, so again, likely going to be competitive! These photographs have to be of

         passenger trains, ideally returning to Winnipeg (i.e., coming home!).


The competition will close at the end of February. The winner will get respect.... just kidding! The winner will get a $50 gift card to Boston Pizza and their photograph published in a print issue of TRAINS Magazine. The winners of each category will get a $15 gift card and their photograph posted on the chapter website and TRAINS Magazine website.


Please submit all photographs via e-mail to uofm.arema.sc@gmail.com and include details of the location and time of your photograph. If the picture has a story to it, I encourage you to share that as well.


Remember, it is illegal and very dangerous to trespass on railroad property, any photograph showing evidence, or suggesting, the photographer is on railroad property will be disqualified.


Have fun, and we're looking forward to seeing all the great pictures!!