Horseshoe Curve Site of RailTEC Field Test
June 2019 – IHHA and IAROR Conferences
Systems Group models railway performance
Congratulations to our May 2019 graduates

Welcome to the University of Illinois Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC)

In the news

5th Railway Engineering Short Course

The largest class ever just completed the 5th RailTEC Railway Engineering Short Course on Friday, August 9. This week-long course, held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, graduated 21 students. They engaged in interactive lectures, relevant case studies, small group discussions and a site visit and lab tour to learn about the practical aspects... Read More

Barkan Receives Silver Tank Car Award

Chris Barkan, Professor and George Krambles Director – RailTEC, received the Silver Tank Car Award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freight Rail Committee AR-040 for his many years of dedicated service to TRB and his ongoing research on rail tank car design and safety benefiting all railroads and shippers worldwide. The award was presented... Read More

Illinois Participation at p-REES

The third biennial Passenger Railway Engineering Education Symposium (p-REES) was held July 22-24, 2019 at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Headquarters in downtown Chicago, IL.  Attendees at this three day event learned about current research and development in railroad engineering education programs and this year seven instructors, students and alumni from the University of Illinois... Read More

What we do


Inspire and sustain student interest in rail through a curriculum in rail engineering and transportation. Place graduates in rewarding industry positions.


Conduct practical and theoretical research in critically important current topics in rail engineering and transportation.


Provide knowledge and expertise to university, industry, government, and public on rail transportation and engineering topics.