Tracks to the Future 2024 Session I

Monday, June 10, 2024, 8 am– 5 pm

+ 4 dates

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024 8 am to 5 pm
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024 8 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024 8 am to 5 pm
  • Friday, June 14, 2024 8 am to 5 pm

Event Details

Railroad Transportation and Engineering 2024

Hybrid Delivery Program: Virtual, Hands-on, and Field Trips

June 10–14, 2024

Open to high school students who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 in Fall 2024.

The 2024 deadline is March 15, or until filled. Contact for more questions. Need based travel support may be available.


Railroads are the high-tech and environmentally sensitive transportation mode! Don't believe us? Come and learn why railroads remain the most energy-efficient mode of transportation. Engage with faculty from Universities across the country as you uncover what forms modern railroad track, explore equipment from around the globe and analyze communications/control systems.

Monday and Tuesday

This hybrid program will start with two days of virtual live classroom instruction and hands-on activities on Monday and Tuesday. Each student will conduct these from their homes or another location with computer and internet access (we will send each participant a package of materials to use!).


Wednesday will be a travel day to the host university.

Thursday and Friday

The session will continue on Thursday and Friday at one of our university host locations. There are ten different alternatives for students to choose from (we will do our best to assign students to their preferred location).

Locations for Session 1:

Penn State-Altoona

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

The university portion of the program will feature hands-on activities and rail industry field trips. Lodging is provided for Wednesday and Thursday night on the campus of the selected university. Friday night lodging can be provided for those unable to leave after program commencement on Friday upon request. This program is covered by an FRA Grant, which includes all program materials, plus lodging and meals for the on-site portion. Students will be responsible for travel to the assigned university location.


Register for the program.

Preliminary registration will end on March 15, 2024, and we will then sort students into cohorts for each university.


20 full scholarships are available at each site! You will be asked later to submit some supporting documents to complete your scholarship application.


Problems with registration? Wish to become a sponsor?

Contact our program staff at

Supported By

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Stream Details

Virtual access will be available for Monday and Tuesday.

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