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Looking Back On Omaha.
The Omaha convention center once again proved to be an excellent location for the RSSI C&S Exhibition as over 1400 suppliers, rail managers, regulators, students and guests filled the exhibit hall to view the products and services of the 183 exhibiting companies.
Omaha’s location in the center of the country is not only accessible for attendees from coast to coast in the US but is also convenient for our members and customers from Canada and Mexico.
Attendees included 376 North American rail and transit managers many of whom also attended the PTC panel discussion which took place the day before the exhibits opened (see accompanying article).
Tuesday was an especially strong attendance day in the exhibit hall as signal, communications, IT and purchasing managers from all class one railroads, large regional rail companies, shortlines, transit and commuter lines visited the exhibit booths.
With the UPRR corporate headquarters located only a few blocks from the convention center many UP employees were able to visit the exhibition for the first time.
As always there is no charge for rail employees, government employees or students to attend the exhibition.
The RSSI format of providing meals and afternoon beer and wine receptions on the exhibit floor allows customers to not only view the products and services offered by the exhibitors in the booths but to also discuss product related topics in the food court. Although the meals and receptions in the food court are open to all attendees product discussions with customers is intended for exhibiting member companies only.
The RSSI hospitality suite which took place on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Omaha Hilton and featured heavy hors d’oeuvres, interactive games, open bars, door prizes, a sports zone and quiet area was a popular location for socializing or discussing business as over 500 RSSI member company representatives and rail customers attended the event each night.
The RSSI 59th Annual C&S Exhibition will be held from September 21st to September 24th, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN as part of the 2019 Railway Interchange Conference and Exhibition.