Associate Members

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) is proud to count among its membership Class 1, short line, regional, passenger, commuter and tourist railways. In 2007, RAC opened its membership to railway suppliers and industrial railway operators. By becoming Associate Members, such organizations benefit from common services available to core RAC members.

The RAC offers services and products that address the needs of Associate Members and works with the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers. By joining the RAC, suppliers gain the opportunity to meet with senior railway representatives and have the chance to input on technical regulations that could impact their products or services. Industrial railway operators also benefit from technical support services such as damage prevention and car loading.

Railway Suppliers
A large variety of Railway Suppliers offer products or services to Canadian railway companies. They are large, medium or small businesses that have one thing in common: ensuring the business of Rail remains healthy and vibrant.  The railway manufacturing and supply industries serve railway customers all across North America and often around the world. Some design and manufacture rolling stock, others the maintenance of way equipment and still others, signals and communications equipment. Some offer technical expert services in engineering, construction or database management. Others have expertise in the safety and security areas and some may be consultants. The railways and their suppliers have a symbiotic relationship; they depend on each other. Canada continues to experience strong demand for rail services.

Industrial Railway Operators
Railways used exclusively to serve a particular industrial site, either entirely within that site (as an exclusive "in house" operation) or also connecting to a common carrier network, are known as Industrial Railway Operators. Industrial operators serve many different industries, from companies in the mining sector to beer producers. They may not be highly visible, but they play a vital role. They are the first conduit in the long journey a product has to travel from its origin, where it is created, to the final market, where it will be consumed. Although most industrial operators don't operate main track lines, they too have to comply with basic rail safety - which is Job number one.

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