...to my web site. I am a transportation writer and photographer with more than 40 years of professional experience in the rail industry. This site is where I share information and photos related to my professional career and my continuing personal interest in rail systems both in North America and overseas. 

Over the past 20 years, I have written extensively about railroad operations, economics and history. From 1997 to 2009 I published a monthly newsletter, Rail StockWatch, that covered the rail industry from a financial perspective. During this time, I also advised financial firms that were considering investments in the railroad industry. Since 2001, I have written more than a dozen feature articles for Trains magazine, as well as six books for the MBI/Voyageur Press Railroad Color History series.

I have been fortunate to be involved in the U.S. railroad industry at a time when it was emerging from a long period of financial weakness, and regaining its stature as a critical element of the North American economy and infrastructure. In 2012, I created a slide presentation giving my perspective on how and why the railroad industry was able to move from poverty to prosperity over the preceding four decades.

Looking forward, I see opportunities for the U.S. and Canadian rail industry to continue improving, particularly in three important and related areas: equipment utilization, operational consistency, and customer service. In my view, the railroad renaissance is far from finished.

My Professional Background 

Between 1970 and 1996, I worked for four U.S. railroads:
Boston & Maine (1970-73)
     Worcester, Massachusetts: yard operations
Soo Line (1973-78)
     Minneapolis and St. Paul: assistant trainmaster; operations control center
     Schiller Park, Illinois (Chicago): intermodal; trainmaster; terminal superintendent  
CSX Transportation (1986-90)
     Baltimore: market research; marketing services
Southern Pacific (1990-96)
     San Francisco: marketing  services

In 1978-79, I served on the operations planning staff of U.S. Railway Association, monitoring Conrail's freight service. From 1979 to 1986, I was with a Washington, D.C.-based transportation consulting firm, where I participated in railroad merger studies, coal transport analyses and rail passenger service implementation programs.