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Rail Transportation and Engineering Center

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

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Barkan Discusses HSR Commission on Good Day Chicago

Chris Barkan, Professor and George Krambles Director of RailTEC, was a guest speaker on Good Day Chicago on Wednesday morning, 09 June discussing the establishment of the Illinois High-Speed Rail Commission. The Illinois Legislature recently passed bill HB 0399 that created the Commission to develop a statewide plan for a very high speed rail (HSR... Read More

Virtual Railway Engineering Short Course Registration Still Open

Hurry now before registration closes to sign up for one or both of our virtual one-week railway engineering short courses. Registration closes on Friday, 02 July 2021. Click here to enroll. Week One focuses on Track Engineering Fundamentals while Week Two focuses on Railroad Project Design. Both courses will be held in July 2021 and... Read More

International Crosstie & Fastening System Symposium Opens Today

We are excited to announce that the 2021 International Crosstie & Fastening System Symposium is now available. Over 1,300 people have already registered to attend this virtual event which provides free of charge more than 25 pre-recorded presentations. Recordings of technical presentations will be released by topic area over a 5-week period for viewing throughout... 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.