The background and mission of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), its organization, and its research programs are described, and comments are made on its current capabilites. During the formative years (AAR was organized in 1932), research, which became a prime interest of the organization, was conducted through contracts with universilties, railroad suppliers, and independent research facilities. In the late 1940s and 1950s, a central facility, the Research Center of the Association of American Railroads was established at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. This center served the railroad industry's needs for a time. Recognizing the need for a more versatile research program, a 1968 committee recommended the creation of a Research and Test Department. The latter was headquartered in Washington, D.C. A second organization called the Washington Systems Center was created in Washington, D.C., the Chicago facility was renamed the Chicago Technical Center, and in 1983, a third facility was added: the Pueblo Transportation Test Center. The administration of the AAR research program is briefly described, as well as the development of those programs.

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 10-16
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 124
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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  • Accession Number: 00457013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 10:01PM