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

In the news

Recent Article on Illinois Rail History

The Illinois Distributed Museum, a project under the direction of the University of Illinois Archives, recently focused on the fact that the University’s has had ties to rail since the early 1900’s and the beginning of the university.  The article highlights three scholars from early university history: Arthur Talbot, Gennette Killbury, and Herbert Moore. It... Read More

Dersch Highlighted in RT&S Magazine

RailTEC Principal Research Engineer, Marcus S. Dersch, P.E., was highlighted in the “Getting to know” section of the April 2021 issue of Railway Track & Structures (RT&S) magazine. Marcus recently assumed the position of Chair of AREMA Committee 30 – Ties. Click here to read the RT&S article... Read More

International Crosstie & Fastening System Symposium – Registration Open

The 2021 International Crosstie & Fastening System Symposium will be held virtually this summer.  The program will include more than 25 pre-recorded presentations that will be provided free of charge to registered attendees.  Recordings of technical presentations will be released by topic area over a 5-week period for viewing throughout the remainder of 2021. Visit our... Read More

What we do


RailTEC inspires and engages students by offering the most extensive curriculum in railway engineering and transportation in North America. We offer multiple courses on rail topics and are committed to placing our graduates in rewarding public and private sector positions.  RailTEC also supports continuing education of rail professionals through seminars, short courses and conferences.


RailTEC is a global leader in practical and theoretical research advancing the field in a broad range of important and timely railroad and rail transit engineering and transportation topics. Advanced research investigations are underway in railway safety, systems, and infrastructure, addressing dozens of topics that are essential to maintaining the safety, efficiency, reliability, sustainability and resiliency of railroad freight and passenger transportation.


RailTEC shares its expertise with industry, government, academia, and the public helping to interpret and apply knowledge and implement solutions to advance rail transport and engineering. Our faculty and staff are well engaged as leaders and members of AREMA, TRB, AAR, ASCE, INFORMS, and IAROR committees.