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.
William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
With Railway Age since 1992, William C. 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, among them Next-Generation Train Control, Light Rail, and Rail Insights. He is the author or co-author or editor of several books, among them All About Railroading; John Armstrong’s The Railroad: What It Is, What It Does; Railway Age’s Comprehensive Railroad Dictionary; and Planning, Engineering, and Operating Light Rail, With Applications in New Jersey.
Stuart Chirls, Senior Editor
Stuart Chirls previously worked as digital editor for the Journal of Commerce covering container shipping, railroads, logistics, policy and global trade. He has extensively reported on manufacturing, retailing, import/export, equity markets and other business subjects for the New York Daily News, the New York Times Co. and Standard & Poor’s. He also worked in a start-up supply chain unit of chemical producer BASF. He began his journalism career writing about sports for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey. Chirls holds a B.A. in English from Tulane University.
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.
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.
David Nahass, Contributing Editor
An authority on all areas of railroad equipment finance and leasing, David Nahass writes our monthly Financial Edge column and produces our annual Railroad Financial Desk Book and Guide to Equipment Leasing. He is Senior Vice 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 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.
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, 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.
Bruce Kelly, Contributing Editor
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.
David Thomas, Contributing Editor
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.
John Thompson, Contributing Editor
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.
Ryan McWilliams, Contributing Editor
Chief Technical Officer and Principal of International Engineering and Founder of RailAdvisor, Ryan McWilliams is also a contributor to International Railway Journal and Railway Track & Structures. Through his company, he provides cutting edge technologies, market evaluations, global contacts/connections, industry knowledge, engineering support, research and development expertise, new and existing product advancements, software solutions, and best-in-class products to the global railway community. Formerly Vice President-Technology & Business Development at Salient/LB Foster (former Portec Rail) and Senior Engineer/Manager of Business Development at Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Ryan holds degrees from Colorado State University-Pueblo and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Frank N. Wilner, Contributing Editor
Frank N. Wilner is author of six books, including, Amtrak: Past, Present, Future; Understanding the Railway Labor Act; and, Railroad Mergers: History, Analysis, Insight. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and labor relations from Virginia Tech. He has been assistant vice president, policy, for the Association of American Railroads; a White House appointed chief of staff at the Surface Transportation Board; and director of public relations for the United Transportation Union. He is a past president of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals. Wilner drafted the railroad section of the Heritage Foundation’s Mandate for Change (Volumes I and II), which were policy blueprints for the two Reagan Administrations; and was a guest columnist for the Cato Institute’s Regulation magazine.
Alfred E. Fazio, Contributing Editor
Alfred E. Fazio has 40 years experience in freight and passenger rail. He retired from Amtrak as Deputy Chief Engineer, where he was responsible for the implementation of high-speed rail improvements to the Northeast Corridor. Prior to this, he was General Manager of New Jersey Transit’s Camden to Trenton River LINE diesel light rail system. He also served with Raytheon and Washington Group International as President of Twenty-First Century Rail, the DBOM supplier of the NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system. From 1989 through 1996, Fazio was Amtrak’s Division Engineer for the New York Division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University, a master’s in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University, a master’s degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) as well as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Fazio has also served as a member of the Engineering faculty at the U.S. Naval Academy and at Widener University.
Jim Blaze, Contributing Editor
Independent railway economist Jim Blaze has been in the railroad industry for well over 40 years. Trained in logistics, he served seven years with the Illinois DOT as a Chicago long-range freight planner and almost two years with the USRA technical staff in Washington, D.C. Jim then spent 21 years with Conrail in cross-functional strategic roles from branch line economics to mergers, IT, logistics, and corporate change. He followed this with 20 years of international consulting at rail engineering firm Zeta-Tech Associates. Jim is a Magna cum Laude Graduate of St. Anselm’s College with a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Married with six children, he lives outside of Philadelphia. “This column reflects my continued passion for the future of railroading as a competitive industry,” says Jim. “Only by occasionally challenging our institutions can we probe for better quality and performance. My opinions are my own, independent of Railway Age.”
Maggie Lancaster, Assistant Editor, RT&S
Maggie Lancaster has joined the staff of Railway Track & Structures as assistant editor.
Maggie graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a concentration in magazine writing and editing and a minor in public relations. She has interned with Fashion Scout Daily, Brand Connections and Flats Chicago. Her written work can be found on Dormify, USA Today College, ChicagoTalks and Literally Darling.
During her time at Columbia, she excelled in her classes while holding executive positions in many classes. Maggie balanced a full-time job and full-time class schedule; she graduated with honors in December 2015.