We welcome new members. You don't have
to own your own private railroad car to join us. Membership in AAPRCO
brings a number of significant benefits; these are highlighted below. All
members receive a subscription to Private
, the magazine of private railcars. Select and complete
in the association:
Benefits of Membership
- Car Owner (Amtrak Certified): For
those who own a car or cars certified to operate on the Amtrak system. Annual
dues are $500. This
category (also referred to as class A membership) 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.
- Car Owner (non-Amtrak Certified): For
those who own a car or cars that are not certified to operate on the Amtrak
Annual dues are $350.
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 to eventual certification by Amtrak. This category (also
referred to as class B membership) 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.
- Associate: For
those who do not own a car, but who wish to be associated with private
railroad cars and our organization. Annual dues are $90. This category
(also referred to as class C membership) 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.
- Trade: For
those who do not own a car, but provide supplies and/or services to
car owners. Annual dues are $150. This category (also referred to as
class T membership) 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
Representation: AAPRCO represents the interests
of car owners in dealings with numerous private and public organizations that
affect private car ownership/operation. These include:
Insurance: Car owners are eligible to participate in our insurance
* VIA Rail Canada
* Commuter Railroads
* Freight Railroads (from large Class I carriers to small 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
* 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 per year.
* PV News Briefs - Our newsletter. Four issues per year.
* The "members only" section of our web site - Lots of detailed
information on operational, mechanical, and other technical issues, as
well as periodic advisories from officers and directors. Access
is controlled by a personalized user identification and a password issued
only to members.
* Electronic mail list - An informal periodic distribution
of news and other items of interest, via electronic mail, to those members
who wish to participate in this service.
* Liability insurance
* Physical damage insurance
* Car owners who make their car available
for charter are eligible to list their car annually in our Charter Referral
We publish both an annual Charter Referral Guide in print form
as well as an on-line digital version on the AAPRCO website.
As a participant
in the Charter Referral Guide, car owner's receive automatic e-mail notification
of potential charters of inquiries made through the AAPRCO website.
* 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.
* 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.
* Opportunities to make new friends
and business contacts in addition to renewing old friendships and acquaintances. Have
For further information on becoming a member of AAPRCO, contact:
- Ms. Diane Elliott
- Executive Director, AAPRCO
- 622 North Reed Street
Joliet, Illinois 60435
- Telephone: (815)-722-8877
- Fax: New Number Pending
- Ready to join? Select
your Membership here.
by AAPRCO, Last updated
October 30, 2011