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Categories and Benefits of Membership

Categories Of Membership

Amtrak Certified Car Owner: For those who own a car or cars that are certified to operate on the Amtrak system.   This category elects seven members to the AAPRCO board of directors; members can serve as a director or officer of the association, can participate in the insurance program, can use PPCX reporting marks, and can market their cars in our Charter Referral Guide.   Annual dues are $500.

Non-Amtrak Certified Car Owner:   For those who own a car or cars that are not certified to operate on the Amtrak system.   Some of these members have cars that are fully operational on short lines and dinner/excursion trains, while others are in the process of refurbishing their cars for eventual certification by Amtrak.   This category elects two members to the AAPRCO board of directors;   members can serve as a director or officer of the association, can participate in the insurance program, can use PPCX reporting marks, and can market their cars in our Charter Referral Guide.   Annual dues are $150.

Associate: For those who do not own a car, but who wish to be associated with private railroad cars and our organization. This category elects one member to the AAPRCO board of directors.   Associate members can serve as certain officers.   If you are seriously contemplating the purchase of a car, then this is the place to begin.   Annual dues are $90.

Trade: For those who do not own a car, but provide supplies and/or services to car owners. This category does not entitle the member to a vote, or to serve as a director or officer of the association.   Trade members are regularly listed in our Private Varnish magazine.   Trade members are also listed on the AAPRCO web page, with a link to their web site and/or email address.   Annual dues are $150.

Benefits Of Membership

Representation:   AAPRCO represents the interests of car owners in dealings with numerous private and public organizations that affect private car ownership/operation.

These include:

  • Amtrak
  • VIA Rail Canada
  • Commuter Railroads
  • Freight Railroads (from large Class I carriers to small Class III shortlines)
  • United States Department of Transportation – Federal Railroad Administration
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Surface Transportation Board
  • Elected and appointed officials in the Executive and Legislative branches of government
  • Insurance Providers

Communications:   The timely sharing of information empowers all who participate in the exchange.  We attempt to cover all aspects of private car operations.

  • Private Varnish   –   The magazine of privately owned railroad cars. Four issues published per year.
  • AAPRCO News Briefs   –   AAPRCO News Briefs is distributed electronically on a monthly basis. This e-newsletter updates members on AAPRCO events and activities, legislative actions affecting private cars and railroad news
  • Our ” Members Only ” web site   –   Lots of detailed information on operational, mechanical, and other technical issues, as well as periodic advisories from officers and directors.  Access to this section of our website is controlled by a personalized user identification and a password issued only to members. You will need a user name and password to access the Members Only web site; once you have joined AAPRCO, you may click here to request access from our Webmaster.
  • Electronic mail list   –   Communication of news and other items of interest, via electronic mail, on an “as required” basis, from AAPRCO leaders to those members who wish to participate in this service.
  • Insurance  –  Car owners are eligible to participate in our insurance programs.
    • Liability insurance
    • Physical damage insurance

Marketing: Car owners who make their car available for charter are eligible to list their car in our annual Private Car Charter Guide. We publish the annual Private Car Charter Guide in print form and we also provide an on-line digital version through the AAPRCO website. Car owners receive automatic e-mail notification of potential charter inquiries received through the AAPRCO website and those sent directly to our Executive Director.

Reporting Marks: Car owners are eligible to register their car in the AAR’s UMLER file using PPCX reporting marks. We maintain the AAR UMLER file data for cars using PPCX reporting marks.

Annual Convention:   This gathering of the private car family is the highlight of the year for many of our members. It usually includes a special train of private cars, to and from the convention, which may operate over railroad mileage that does not see regularly scheduled passenger service. Plenty of fun along with professional seminars and the annual meeting.   Click here for a list of our past convention sites.

Social Activities:   Opportunities to make new friends and business contacts in addition to renewing old friendships and acquaintances. Have fun networking.

For further information on becoming a member of AAPRCO, contact:

Julie King
Executive Director
AAPRCO, Inc.
311 East Main Street, STE 512
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4838

Telephone: (706)-326-6262
Fax: New Number Pending
Email: execdirector@aaprco.com