AREMA 2019
Horseshoe Curve Site of RailTEC Field Test
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

Railway Interchange 2019

RailTEC faculty, staff and students attended the Railway Interchange (RI) conference on September 22 – 25, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN. Between the faculty, student and alumni presentations at the event, RailTEC had representation in every AREMA session on Monday and Tuesday of the conference. Graduate student Tom Roadcap gave a presentation on “Field Experience and... Read More

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

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.