Short Line Education Fund

“A [scholarship] from the Education Fund allowed me to attend the CONNECTIONS Convention. The invaluable industry knowledge and connections gained and shared once I got back have benefitted my entire small railroad.”

 - Stephen Richards, Chief of Police/Compliance
   Officer, West Virginia Central Railroad


Support for Industry Education, Training and Certification Programs

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) created the Short Line Education Fund to address industry training and certification needs; communicate and promote the value of short line railroads to decision makers, customers and industry stakeholders; and build a library of industry-specific research, education and training materials.  The Short Line Education Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and contributions are tax-deductible.

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It has become evident to our Board that short lines are facing some of the most complex challenges this industry has seen in many years, including new training rules, new technology implementation such as PTC, and new equipment considerations for HAZMAT transport, all during a tough economic market,” said Linda Bauer Darr, President, ASLRRA. “The Education Fund will provide critical support for high priority industry education and training initiatives, build a foundation of short line data and industry research, and award scholarships to small railroads so they may attend industry events and access educational resources – all without taxing our members with further dues increases."

Priority initiatives currently slated for advancement include:

  • Developing curriculum for an industry-specific executive leadership program;
  • Expanding webinar production abilities and enhancing offerings to include expert speakers and specially-developed  content;
  • Implementing an online learning management tool to offer tests and certifications based on industry training templates;
  • Creating communications tools to grow/expand industry awareness and support advocacy efforts (e.g. industry fact book, industry primers, interactive website tools, etc.);
  • Facilitating research on the economic impact of the short line regional railroad industry on related industries, key customers, and the nation’s economy.

As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Short Line Education Fund may accept tax deductible donations from individuals and corporations.  Simply click the Donate Now button to make a secure online donation.  Personal and/or corporate checks made payable to the Short Line Education Fund may be sent to ASLRRA.  

Congratulations to our Scholarship Recipients!


Chase Gunnoe, Business Development Manager, WV Central Railroad,
Christina Worley, Utility Services Manager, Columbia Terminal,
Stephen Richards, Compliance Officer, WV Central Railroad,



Nick Tancula, Supervisor Locomotive Engineer, San Luis Central Railroad,
Patrick McDurmon, Operations Manager, KWT Railway,
Matt Keefover, Roundhouse Supervisor, Grapevine Vintage Railroad,
Jason Cathey, General Manger, Panhandle Northern Railroad,

For additional information on scholarships, or to discuss making a tax deductible contribution or to donate an item to the auction, please contact Sabrina Waiss at, 202-585-3434.