Welcome to the University of Manitoba AREMA Student Chapter (UMASC) website! We are the first AREMA Student Chapter in Canada and enter the 2013-14 academic year following a very successful inaugural year. We grew to over 30 students members and hosted seven guest lectures from various members of industry and even were given a tour of the CN Symington Yards in Winnipeg. If you are a mechanical, electrical, or civil 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. Take a look at part of a mapping project of one of our members:  Google Earth File showing the Canadian rail network!

AREMA Education Foundation Scholarship
AREMA offers various scholarships with various different requirements. The deadline for the current year is December 9, 2016. For more information, please click here.

AREMA 2016 Annual Conference

August 28-31, 2016


Sean Regehr, UMASC President

Daniel Froese, UMASC Vice President

Jared Vanderwees, UMASC Treasurer

The annual AREMA conference was held this year in Orlando, Florida. Three UMASC members grabbed their sunglasses and headed down to the sunshine state to attend the conference. The student activities, technical sessions, and exhibition hall provided a great learning experience for all involved.

There were many student activities at the AREMA conference that allowed student to demonstrate their rail transport knowledge and provided an opportunity to meet with students from other AREMA student chapters. Highlights of the student events included the quiz bowl, the CN research poster competition, the industry professional Q&A, Meet the Future Generation, and the student mixer. A big congratulation goes out to Sean Regehr, whose poster won 1st place in the CN research poster competition!

Both the sessions and the exhibition demonstrated current industry trends, issues, and technologies. The sessions included overviews of railway projects, railway maintenance, new technologies, and experiences on working on the railways. The general session featured Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 known as the “The Miracle on the Hudson”. He spoke on being able to adapt and react, as well as the importance of job roles with relation to clear communication.

Overall, the experience was fun, educational, and provided many opportunities to network with industry professionals. The chapter looks forward to attending the next AREMA conference in Indianapolis in 2017!

Congratulations to Daniel Froese on being awarded the Rail Art Worth Memorial Scholarship, Sean Regehr on being awarded the William H. Becker Memorial Scholarship, and Saheed Oladipupo on being awarded the Canadian National Railway Company Scholarship, all presented by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. Daniel, Sean, and Saheed are all currently involved with UMASC, with Sean and Daniel being active at the executive level.

A list of all of this years 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 favorite 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!!


Virtual Tour
If you have some free time, check out this virtual tour of BNSF: http://www.bnsf.com/tour/. The tour provides a good overview of the different cars, locomotives, what gets hauled, and some good information on track and signals. Enjoy!