About Us

The most informed, inform. Seasoned writers, in tune with today and looking to tomorrow, search for answers - and get them from across the industry, from management, labor, suppliers, government, Wall Street, from all the sources that matter. Through interviews, research, seminars and roundtables, Railway Age editors raise issues and seek solutions. They ask the important questions, and get the answers that are important to Railway Age readers.

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William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

With Railway Age since 1992, Bill Vantuono has broadened and deepened the magazine's coverage of the technological revolution that is so swiftly changing the industry. He has also strengthened Railway Age's leadership position in industry affairs with the conferences he conducts on operating passenger trains on freight railroads and communications-based train control.

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Douglas John Bowen, Managing Editor

Doug Bowen brings a long, distinguished career in journalism to RailwayAge. Editor of Simmons-Boardman's Intermodal Age and Intermodal Editor of Railway Age from 1988 to 1991, he returns to the Simmons-Boardman Rail Group following editorial assignments with The Journal of Commerce, CNN/Money, Inbound Logistics, High Speed Transport News, and The Deal LLC. He began his journalism career as a reporter at The Asbury Park Press, a New Jersey daily newspaper. Bowen has an active hand in railway issues, serving as president of the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers.

Luther Miller
Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

The dean of American transportation journalists, Mr. Miller was chief editor of Railway Age for 34 years. He's known to a wider audience through his articles in Fortune magazine and the Encyclopedia Americana. He earned for Railway Age the Jesse H. Neal Award, the most prestigious honor in trade publishing.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman, Engineering Editor

Mischa is originally from Grand Island, Neb., and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a major in magazine Journalism. She began her career in journalism and railroading at Railway Track & Structures in 2001 when she joined as assistant editor, before being named managing editor in 2008 and editor in 2010. 

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David Briginshaw, Contributing Editor

From Simmons-Boardman’s offices in Falmouth, England, Mr. Briginshaw keeps our readers abreast of offshore happenings that are of increasing importance in the U.S. He is editor of Railway Age’s companion publication, International Railway Journal.

Anthony Kruglinski
Anthony D. Kruglinski, Contributing Editor

A widely recognized authority on all areas of railroad finance, Mr. Kruglinski writes our monthly “Financial Edge” column and produces our annual Railroad Financial Desk Book and Guide to Equipment Leasing. He is President of Railroad Financial Corp., a financial advisory firm. He also serves as Chairman of Rail Equipment Finance, an annual industry conference addressing critical developments concerning North America’s railcar and locomotive fleet.

Roy Blanchard
Roy H. Blanchard, Contributing Editor

Mr. Blanchard is a long-time contributor to Railway Age. His company provides general management, marketing, and strategic planning support for short line and regional railroads.

Larry Kaufman
Larry Kaufman, Contributing Editor

Former transportation editor of Business Week and The Journal of Commerce, has been observing and participating in the railroad industry for 30 years. He has served as head of corporate communications for the Association of American Railroads, the Burlington Northern Railroad,and Southern Pacific Co. More recently, he has been a communication and public policy consultant for Norfolk Southern Corp., Canadian National Railway, and the AAR.

Ron Lindsey
Ron Lindsey, Contributing Editor

Ron Lindsey is an independent consultant in the rail and intermodal industries. He began his career with IBM in 1970. He subsequently joined the Trustee Staff of the Penn Central bankruptcy and has spent the last 30 years in railroad management and independent consulting. He was Chief Engineer Communications at Conrail and Director of Advanced Train Control at CSX. In addition to providing strategic technology planning sessions and market studies, he publishes a quarterly journal, Full Spectrum, which addresses the philosophical, functional, and strategic perspectives of technology advancement.

Jason H. Seidl
Jason H. Seidl, Contributing Editor
Transportation analyst Jason Seidl, Managing Director at Cowen and Company in New York City, lends his unique insights to Railway Age through his “Wall Street Watch” columns and other timely editorials. He has been recognized for stock-picking and earnings accuracy by several nationwide analyst surveys. He is board member of the Northeast Association of Rail Shippers.

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Bruce Kelly has produced photography and writing for rail publications since 1982. He was associate editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine from 1988 to 1996. Since 1997, he has worked in the digital prepress department of a commercial printing company in northern Idaho.

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David Thomas is a reporter who has covered government and society since graduating from Ottawa’s Carleton University with degrees in political science and journalism. He has written for National Geographic, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The Gazette, and The Canadian Press news agency from postings in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, and London, England. “Railroading has been a personal fascination since a childhood timed fortunately enough to witness the golden years of steam on the late-to-dieselize Canadian National and Canadian Pacific,” he says.

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John Thompson was born and grew up in Toronto, and studied journalism at the University of Toronto and, later, creative writing at Ryerson University. He joined the senior staff of the Toronto Transit Commission in 1977, subsequently becoming assistant editor of Coupler, the TTC’s employee magazine, as well as performing public relations and archival duties. Thompson has been a freelance writer and editor for 20 years, for the Toronto Star newspaper and numerous trade magazines (including Railway Age). He resides in Hamilton, Ontario.