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Board of Directors                                         

Appointed Officers and Committees

 

 


 

   

    Roger Fuehring - President

     317-432-6014 - EMAIL

 

        Roger was born and raised in Bellevue Ohio and grew up working with the Mad River & Nickel Plate Railroad Museum and Golden Age Railroad Equipment Inc. Roger spent several years working on excursion trains and private car trips. He started his railroad carrier with Indiana &Ohio Railroad &the Central Railroad Company out of Kokomo Indiana. In 1991 he founded FM& Car and Locomotive Repair, based out of central & southern Indiana and provides mechanical services for locomotives, passenger &freight cars. Roger was the former owner and manager of FM& Rail Service based out of southern California and he has worked on many projects large and small from New York to Los Angeles. Some of his clients have included New York &Atlantic, Pacific Harbor Lines, Louisville &Indiana and many other smaller customers including grain elevators, steel mills and smaller freight and tourist railroads. Roger also works with training other companies on maintenance and repairs to locomotives and freight cars in addition to operational training.  As of November 1st of 2014 Roger is slowly moving away from contract work and is focusing on his new job as the Operations Manager of the Madison Railroad in Madison Indiana. Roger lives in Southern Indiana with his wife Cathy.

 


     

    Roy Wullich-Director

     408-241-7807 - EMAIL

     Mr. Wullich is originally from Batavia, NY and is a Certified Public Accountant. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University he is the owner of Rail Journeys West Inc. – a luxury private rail travel company that provides various passenger rail management and consulting services. The Company also owns the former California Zephyr dome-observation car “Silver Solarium”. Like many people, Roy’s interests with trains began with a Lionel train set around the Christmas tree. A member of the RPCA since 1988, Mr. Wullich started working with the Western New York Railway Historical Society in Buffalo, NY with railcar preservation and excursion operations. Roy has continued working with various excursion, charter and special trains; historical preservation projects; as well as various roles in both museum and operation management. Roy also has served and continues to serve on the Boards of several non-profit organizations and railroad preservation organizations. Roy has owned over 24 pieces of historic rail equipment throughout his preservation efforts. Mr. Wullich has also held various management positions at several international companies including Intel Corporation, KPMG and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Wullich has been RPCA President since January 2008 and a Board Member for many years. Mr. Wullich resides in Santa Clara, CA.

 


 

    

    Henry Weller-Director

      765-753-3010- EMAIL

     Henry Weller has been an RPCA member since the second RPCA meeting in Sandusky, Ohio. He served as the organization’s second President from 1999 until 2008 and has been on the Board of Directors since it’s inception. During his career, he worked for Class I railroads, owned all or part of a number of shortlines, worked in various management capacities for several other shortlines, spent over 4 years with Amtrak and was/is employed by an engineering consulting firm who specializes in rail related projects, both operational and mechanical. His last full time rail position was Vice President of Operations and Chief Mechanical Officer for a midwestern shortline holding company. Henry’s interest in railroads began at a very early age and continues through the present. He is the third generation in his family to work in the industry. Ironically, the railroad lineage comes from his Mother’s side of the family. He has been privileged to serve in many facets of the industry in diverse geographic locations.
Mr.Weller currently resides in North-Central Indiana near Kokomo with Stanlee, his wife of over 40 years. They have three children and six grandchildren
 

 


     

     Ed Ellis - Director

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Railroader, traveler and writer Ed Ellis was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky.  He worked his way through college as a brakeman and switchman on the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Transportation degree in 1976.

 He joined the management team of Chicago and North Western at a time when CNW was fighting for its survival in competition with the Rock Island and Milwaukee Road, against a backdrop of deregulation brought on by the 4R and Stagger Acts.  As Assistant to the Senior VP Traffic, Mr. Ellis participated in formulating CNW’s strategy on deregulation, particularly with respect to development of confidential contract rates, where CNW was the industry leader.  As Manager of Equipment Planning, he oversaw a dramatic increase in fleet size, including acquisition of grain-covered hoppers and a substantial portion of the Rock Island’s car fleet, when that carrier was liquidated.

 

In 1983 Mr. Ellis led the formation of a shortline group called Chicago West Pullman and was a key part of the company’s growth to eight properties in eight years, during which time he was also involved in direct management of the largest railroad in the group.

 

In 1992 he joined RailTex, the largest feeder railroad company.  In 1993 he won the Distinguished Marketing Achievement award from Railway Age magazine for developing and implementing a rail-based small shipment program. 

 

In September 1996, Mr. Ellis joined Amtrak and became Vice President, Mail and Express where it was his responsibility to grow Amtrak’s mail and express traffic.  During his five years at Amtrak, revenue grew from $44 million to over $120 million.

 

In 2001, Mr. Ellis led the formation of Iowa Pacific, with the goal of developing a portfolio of freight and passenger railroads and rail-related businesses.  Today, Iowa Pacific operates six railroads in the US and two in the UK, and features a host of ancillary businesses including locomotive and car leasing, track maintenance, passenger and private railcar operations.  Iowa Pacific’s 2011 revenues will exceed $50 million, not including the $90 million sale of Arizona Eastern which occurred September 1.

 

Mr. Ellis has served as a columnist for Trains Magazine, and hosts acoustic concerts at a mountaintop venue on IPH’s Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Colorado.  He and his wife Peggy live in the Chicago area and Southern Colorado.  They have three children.

 

 

 


 

   

    Brad Black - Director

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     B.A. (Brad) Black has been a member of the RPCA since 1988, and a board member since 1998. He also serves as the Chairman of the By-Laws Committee. He is a member of the RPCA Educational Foundation, where he serves as an Advisor and Air Brake Instructor. Brad has a long history of interest and experience with railway passenger cars beginning at the age of 15 in Southern California, where he was an active member of the Pacific Railroad Society Private Car Committee. Over the ensuing years Brad had a variety of partners in more than 40 private cars. Brad founded Silver Peak Railroad Resources (SPRR). SPRR is owned by Brad and his wife Nancy, and currently manages a fleet of three cars. Professionally, Brad has been employed in the rail industry since 1980, when he joined the Ventura County Railway Company as a signal maintainer. Since then he has worked for Northern Railcar Corp., Morrison-Knudsen Rail Systems Group, Quad Graphics, and the Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC), where he was an Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer. Brad is currently the Vice President and Sr. Consultant with Virginkar & Associates, Inc., where he supervises an inspection staff of 15 persons who carry out QA and QC inspections on new railway passenger cars, locomotives and transit vehicles at a number of locations. He is an Amtrak Private Car Inspector. He has served on both the AAR and APTA Mechanical Standards Committees that have developed many current industry standards, including the current Code of Single Car Tests for 26C Passenger Air Brakes.

 


     

    Ray Kammer,Jr. - Director

     440-526-7128 - EMAIL

     Ray was born and raised in Hammond, Indiana and part of family full of railroad history. Ray started to gain experience at a young age in 1989 alongside a family operated tourist operation based out of Monterey, IN. Then in 1997, he worked alongside his father operating excursion trains throughout the state of Michigan. These events covered everything from Dinner Trains to all day Steam Trips. Ray’s official railroad career started in 2007 when he started working for the Cincinnati Railway Company. This experience proved valuable in dealing everything from Amtrak certified private cars to hosting Day Out With Thomas events. In 2012, Ray started working for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, an operation that maintains 25 passenger cars, 7 locomotives, and hauls 200,000 passengers annually. His current position is Director of Railroad Operations and Planning. In past years, Ray has been involved with several other organizations, including the Nickel Plate Railroad Historical & Technical Society and the Ohio Rail Tourism Association. In 2014 he hosted the annual NKPH&TS Convention and was also on the planning committee for TrainExpo in Owosso, MI. Ray currently resides in Akron, OH and enjoys spending his free time away from work by traveling, playing music, and enjoying everything about Chicago sports.

 


 

   

     

    Bill Jubeck-Director

     412-278-3600 - EMAIL

    

      Bio coming soon....    

 

 


   

     

    Gary Carter-Director

     719-406-6161 - EMAIL

    

      Bio coming soon....    

 

 


   

    John Goodman-Director

     612-839-0905 - EMAIL

    

      Bio coming soon....    

 

 


 

    Judy Clem -Director

    (800) 444-4444 - EMAIL

 

    

Judy was elected to the RPCA board at the 2015 Reno meeting.

   

      Bio coming soon....    

 





   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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