The NCTA Operations & Maintenance Committee will hold its annual conference on June 10-12, 2019, at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, Missouri. The city of Clayton is the premier hub of business, dining and shopping in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Make your list now to try all of the St. Louis originals, including St. Louis barbecue, gooey butter cake, frozen custard, St. Louis style pizza, and toasted ravioli. For an absolute culinary delight, you do not have to leave the hotel; a Ritz-Carlton specialty is the filet served on a Himalayan salt block in the Grill. The hotel is located in a cul-de-sac ringed with flowers, foliage, a coffee shop, and restaurants.
The conference will include plenary sessions dedicated to covering the technology, design, maintenance, operations, and repair of railcars in unit train service. We will continue our longstanding tradition of hosting a private car owner roundtable discussion. The roundtable will consist of a two part session on Monday with the early morning session open to NCTA utility members and the mid-morning session open to all members. The conference will feature an opening night reception, continental breakfast, dinner for attendees and guests on Tuesday evening, and will conclude with the annual golf tournament. Registration is required for each conference attendee. The Conference fee is $600 for members and $800 for non-members. After May 17th, an additional fee of $100 will be added for late registrants.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
RB Wiley, TTCI and Chris Tsang, DTE: Condition Based Maintenance
Mark Viz with Exponent, Inc. focusing on galvanic interaction between dissimilar metals
David East with Wabtec, presenting on truck maintenance
Erick Graves with Miner Enterprises on draft gear inspection and maintenance
Contract Shop Discussion Panel
Companies invited to have speakers include:
June 10, 2019, Monday
8:00am Utility Roundtable
10:30am All NCTA Member Roundtable
12:00pm Reserved for private functions
6:00pm Welcome Reception
June 11, 2019, Tuesday
8:00am General Session
6:30pm Reception and Dinner
June 12, 2019, Wednesday
8:00am General Session
11:30am Conference Adjournment
12:30pm NCTA Golf Tournament
Each room features a spacious 530 sq ft. floor plan with a Juliet balcony, flat screen TV with fully integrated technology, built-in electrical outlets and broadband connections on the desktops, wireless internet access, in-room gourmet coffees and teas, Comfort Essentials feather beds, marble bathrooms, European toiletries and complimentary daily paper. Check in is 4:00pm and check out is 12:00pm. With the NCTA-negotiated rate self-parking is complimentary and valet is $25.00 per day.
Embrace the luxury of the Ritz-Carlton. The group rate of $199++ per night single/double will be honored from June 5, 2019 - June 15, 2019. The cutoff date for the NCTA room block is May 17, 2019. The Ritz-Carlton is located at 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri.
To book your room, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com, enter the St. Louis location and the group code NCTNCTA-Deluxe or call 314-863-6300.