ABOUT US

| RSICTC is at the forefront of research to improve rail tank car safety.

Who We Are

WE DEVELOP RECOMMENDED STANDARDS, ADVOCATE AND TRACK PROGRESS OF RAIL TANK CARS

WE ARE NORTH AMERICA'S RAIL TANK CAR EXPERTS

WE ADVOCATE FOR STANDARDS THAT IMPROVE SAFETY

The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) is composed of representatives from major manufacturers and owner-lessors of rail tank cars. Together, the member companies of the Committee build more than 95 percent and own or lease more than 70 percent of tank cars operating in North America.

RSICTC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The RSICTC is led by senior executives of the member companies and the president of the Railway Supply Institute. The Executive Committee addresses issues of importance to tank car builders and owner-lessors and regularly reviews tank car requirements through its membership on the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Tank Car Committee (TCC).

RSICTC ENGINEERING/TECHNICAL SUBCOMMITTEE

The tank car industry’s most knowledgeable subject matter experts advise the RSICTC Executive Committee on technical issues. The technical subcommittee meets quarterly with the AAR Tank Car Committee to discuss tank car safety, security, packaging and operational issues. Together, RSI and AAR experts created the RSI/AAR Tank Car Safety Research Project which funds data collection and research to support design improvements in Tank Car Safety.

THE RAILWAY SUPPLY INSTITUTE

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is the only all-inclusive trade association for railway suppliers. Representing more than 250 companies, RSI acts on behalf of the largest and smallest suppliers to North American freight and passenger railroads. Industry segments include mechanical, communications and signaling, maintenance of way, and passenger industries.

The North American railroad system is comprised of more than 1.5 million railcars drawn by more than 30,000 locomotives over more than 170,000 miles of rail. Every aspect of rail infrastructure was shaped and put into place by railroad suppliers for their railroad partners. We depend on our railroads to move our freight most efficiently, and our railroads depend on the railway supply industry. We act on behalf of suppliers to North American freight and passenger railroads and their 150,000 employees.

The RSI’s member benefits include:

  • Support for the improvement of the rail industry through committees and industry standards.
  • Connection of members to customers and partners through conferences, tradeshows, introductions and industry events.
  • Advocacy for key issues during the regulatory and legislative process.

Who's Who In Tank Cars?

TANK CARS ARE A KEY LINK IN THE TRANSPORTATION SUPPLY CHAIN

As manufacturers, owner-lessors of rail tank cars, the RSICTC member companies play an important role in the transportation of commodities by rail. They work closely with other stakeholders, including railroads, that assume responsibility for railway operations. Shippers own tank cars, the contents of tank cars and are responsible for product packaging. Government agencies in the U.S. and Canada are charged with creating rules and regulations for design, packaging and operations. The federal legislature in each country has the ultimate responsibility for making laws that protect the public and ensure that an efficient transportation system is able to deliver crucial goods to market.

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Tank Car Manufacturing, Ownership and Leasing

RSICTC MEMBERS PROVIDE TANK CARS FOR SALE AND LEASE

To fully appreciate the world of tank cars, it is important to understand the different entities involved and their interconnected roles and responsibilities. While many RSI members focus on making, modifying, repairing and qualifying tank cars for service, others provide tank cars for sale or lease to customers in the shipping industry. Shippers ultimately are responsible for selecting the tank cars used to move products. A lot more goes into owning and leasing a tank car than one might think. All of these groups need to have a common understanding not only of tank car rules and regulations, but also their interrelationship with one another. Changes in tank car specifications and other regulations can cause a significant impact on an entire cross section of the industry. See the links below to learn more about regulatory requirements of tank car ownership.

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TANK CAR LEASING