Who's Who list by name, surname beginning with R

  • Ramsbottom, John (1814-1897) - Began railroad career with Sharp, Roberts & Co. in 1839; locomotive superintendent of the Manchester & Birmingham Railway 1842-1846; locomotive superintendent of London & North Western Railway's North Eastern Division 1846-1857, then when the division merged with the Northern Division, continued as locomotive superintendent for the Northern Division 1857-1862 [preceded by Francis Trevithick], then when the Northern and Southern divisions were merged in 1862, continued as locomotive superintendent for the whole railroad 1862-1871 [succeeded by Francis William Webb]; retired in 1871 but became a consulting engineer and director for Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1883; director for Beyer-Peacock. Designed the first water troughs that were used by steam locomotives to collect water while at speed.
  • Ramsey, J. P. - Vice president and general manager of Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis Railway Company of Illinois. (Pocket List 1907, p 275)
  • Randolph, A. Philip (1889-1979) - Founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925.
  • Randolph, Epes (1856-1921) - President of Arizona & Colorado Railroad. President and general manager of Cananea, Yaqui River & Pacific Railroad. President of Arizona Eastern Railroad 1911-1921. (Pocket List 1907, pp 191 and 239; NY Times; May 22, 1918)
  • Rankin, John - President of Great Northern Railway (U.S.); president of Montreal & Sorel Railroad. (Official List 1888, pp 89 and 129)
  • Ransom, Matt Whitaker (1826-1904) - Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Railroads 1879-1880.
  • Raoul, W. G. - President of Mobile & Gerard Railroad; president of Port Royal & Augusta Railroad; president of Savannah, Griffin & North Alabama Railroad; president of Mexican National Railroad. (Poor's 1887, pp 27 and 29; Official List 1888, p 119)
  • Rastrick, John Urpeth (1780-1856) - English steam locomotive builder and partner with James Foster in Foster, Rastrick & Co., the company that built the Stourbridge Lion.
  • Rathbun, E. Walter - President of Bay of Quinte Railway & Navigation Company. (Official List 1888, p 13; Pocket List 1907, p 215)
  • Raven, Vincent - Chief Mechanical Engineer for North Eastern Railway 1910-1922.
  • Ravenel, A. F. - President of Cheraw & Darlington Railroad; president of Cheraw & Salisbury Railroad; president of Northeastern Railroad of South Carolina. (Poor's 1887, p 7; Official List 1888, pp 36 and 143)
  • Rawn, Ira Griffith (1855-1910) - General manager of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad 1904-1907; vice president of operations for Illinois Central Railroad 1907-1909; president of Monon Railroad 1909-1910 [preceded by W. H. McDoel; succeeded by Fairfax Harrison]. Rawn was implicated in a scandal involving corruption against the Illinois Central; he is alleged to have approved a number of car repair contracts in which the railroad was deliberately overcharged for repair work. The gunshot that killed him was reportedly self-inflicted as the scandal broke in court.
  • Rawson, A. E. - President of Chicago River & Indiana Railroad. (Illinois PUC 1915, p 1209)
  • Samuel ReaSamuel Rea at a meeting in the 1910s.
  • Rea, Samuel (1855-1929) - President of Pennsylvania Railroad 1913-1925 [preceded by James McCrea; succeeded by William W. Atterbury]; president of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway; president of Long Island Rail Road 1923-1928 [preceded by Ralph Peters]; president of New York Connecting Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918; Illinois PUC 1915, p 1234; Poor's 1917, p 149)
  • Reale, John - Vice president for traffic of Pittsburgh & Shawmut Railroad. (Congressional Record 1986, p 24914)
  • Reasoner, A. - Superintendent of Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Morris & Essex Division. (Poor's 1887, p 53)
  • Rector, F. C. - President and general manager of Columbus & Southern Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 295)
  • Ree, Frank - General manager of London & North Western Railway 1909-1914 [preceded by Frederick Harrison; succeeded by Robert Turnbull].
  • Reed, D. G. - Chairman of the board of Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 253)
  • Reed, Frank B. - President of Milwaukee, Peoria & St. Louis Railroad. (Illinois PUC 1915, p 1313)
  • Reed, J. H. - President of Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad. President of Donora Southern Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, pp 217 and 309; NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Reed, J. P. - President of Arkansas Western Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 193)
  • Reed, John Shedd (1917-2008) - President of Santa Fe Railroad 1967-1986.
  • Reed, W. H. - Eastern Division superintendent for Pullman Palace Car Company. (Poor's 1887, p x)
  • Reid, D. G. - Chairman of the board for Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 277)
  • Reid, Robert Gillespie (1842-1908) - Builder of many Canadian railway bridges and the Newfoundland Railway.
  • Reid, William P. (1854-1932) - Chief mechanical engineer for North British Railway 1903-1919 [preceded by Matthew Holmes; succeeded by Walter Chalmers].
  • Reidy, Edward T. (1903-1975) - President of Chicago Great Western Railway 1957-1968.
  • Reilly, T. A. - President of People's Railway. (Official List 1888, p 154)
  • Reinhart, Joseph - President of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 1893-1894 [preceded by Allen Manvel; succeeded by Aldace F. Walker].
  • Reistrup, Paul H. - Traffic Vice President for Illinois Central Railroad.  President of Amtrak 1974-1978 [succeeded by Alan Stephenson Boyd]. (Phillips, June 1991, p 28)
  • Reuter, Lawrence G. - General manager of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority [preceded by David L. Gunn].
  • Reynolds, Joseph - President and general manager of Hot Springs Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 95)
  • Reynolds, Stephen W. - President of Mexican Central Railroad 1891-__ [preceded by Levi C. Wade].
  • Rhinelander, F. W. - President of Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railway. (Official List 1888, p 121)
  • Rhodes, Cecil (1853-1902) - British engineer responsible for the main Cape-Cairo Railway route in Africa.
  • R. N. Rice R. N. Rice in 1859
  • Rice, R. N. - Superintendent of Michigan Central Railroad. (Lloyd 1859)
  • Rich, Herbert C. - President of Cranberry Lake Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 297)
  • Rich, Walter - President of Delaware Otsego Corporation; president of New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway; president of Lackawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad; president of Staten Island Railway. (Congressional Record 1986, p 24914)
  • Richards, E. - President of Tennessee Central Railroad. (NY Times; May 22, 1918)
  • Richards, George - President of Hibernia Mine Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 95)
  • Richards, H. T. - President of Sonora and New Mexico & Arizona Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 177)
  • Richards, L. Harry - President of Potomac, Fredericksburg & Piedmont Railroad. (Official List 1888, pp 161-2)
  • Richardson, George W. - Awarded a US patent on September 25, 1866, for a steam locomotive pop safety valve.
  • Richmond, Dean (1804-1866) - Director of Utica & Buffalo Railroad; vice president of New York Central Railroad 1853-1864; president of New York Central Railroad 1864-1866 [preceded by Erastus Corning]; president of Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway.
  • Richmond, James - General manager of Jamaica Railway 1900-__.
  • Riddles, Robert (1892-1983) - Apprenticed at London & North Western Railway's Crewe Works 1909-1913; helped with Crewe's reorganization in the mid-1920s then did similar reorganization assistance for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway's (LMS) Derby Works; assistant to William Stanier 1933-1937; mechanical & electrical engineer in Glasgow 1937-1939; chief stores superintendent for LMS 1943-1944; vice president of LMS 1944-1947; member of the railway executive for mechanical and electrical engineering (effectively chief mechanical engineer) for British Railways 1948-1953.
  • Rideout, N. D. - President of Northern California Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 143)
  • Ridgway, R. M. - Superintendent of Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's 4th Division. (Poor's 1887, p 55)
  • Rietbrock, A. C. - President of Abbotsford & Northeastern Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 187)
  • Riggs, Edward (1856-1924) - Assistant to the president of New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad; served as a liaison between the railroad and American newspapers.
  • Riley, L. A. - President of Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad. (NY Times; May 22, 1918)
  • Rintoul, James - Receiver for Houston & Texas Central Railroad [with Charles Dillingham and Nelson S. Easton]. (Official List 1888, p 95)
  • Rión, Francisco Javier - CEO of Grupo Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana 2005-__.
  • Riordan, T. A. - President and general manager of Central Arizona Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 241)
  • Ripley, Edward Hastings (1839-1915) - President of Raritan River Railroad 1888-__.
  • Ripley, Edward Payson (1845-1920) - President of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 1895-1920 [preceded by Aldace F. Walker; succeeded by William Benson Storey]. President of Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad. President of Panhandle & Santa Fe Railroad. President of Beaumont Wharf & Terminal Company. President of Denver, Enid & Gulf Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, pp 195, 217 and 305; NY Times, May 22, 1918; Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1196)
  • Ritchie, Robert J. - President and CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway 1995-__.
  • Ritchie, S. J. - President of Central Ontario Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 27; Official List 1888, p 33; Pocket List 1907, p 241)
  • Ritter, W. M. - President of Big Sandy & Cumberland Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 219)
  • Roberts, George Brooke (1833-1897) - President of Camden & Atlantic Raiload; president of Northern Central Railroad; president of Pennsylvania Railroad 1880-1897 [preceded by Thomas A. Scott; succeeded by Frank Thomson]; president of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad; president of West Jersey Railroad. (Official List 1888, pp 25, 143, 151-3, 159 and 195)
  • Roberts, J. H. - President of Colusa & Lake Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 295)
  • Roberts, James A. (1847-1922) - Vice president of Bellevue & Lancaster Railway.
  • Robertson, A. - President of Cairo & Thebes Railroad (U.S.). (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1200)
  • David B. Robertson in 1938David B. Robertson in a meeting with the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee chairman on May 20, 1938.
  • Robertson, David B. - President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen.
  • Robertson, J. G. - President of Quebec Central Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 163)
  • Robertson, William B. - President of Greenwich & Johnsonville Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 91)
  • Robinson, Albert Alonzo (1844-1918) - Vice president and general manager of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
  • Robinson, D., Jr. - President of Toledo, Saginaw & Muskegon Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 187)
  • Robinson, Edwin - President of Richmond & Potomac Railroad. (Lloyd 1859)
  • Robinson, H. J. - Receiver for Brooklyn & Rockaway Beach Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 225)
  • Robinson, J. G. - Chief Mechanical Engineer for Great Central Railway 1900-1922.
  • Robinson, John M. - President of Carolina Central Railroad; president of Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad; president of Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad. (Official List 1888, pp 29, 163 and 174)
  • Robinson, Joseph - President of Scioto Valley Railroad. President of Central Indiana Railway 1903-__. (Official List 1888, p 174; Pocket List 1907, p 241)
  • Robinson, Lucius (1810-1891) - Director for Erie Railroad; served as acting president of Erie Railroad while Peter H. Watson was traveling through Europe.
  • Robinson, Nelson - President of Kanawha & Ohio Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 103)
  • Robitaille, T. - President of Baie des Chaleurs Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 9)
  • Rogers, Albert Bowman (1829-1889) - American surveyor who, while working for Canadian Pacific Railway, found a pass through the Canadian Rockies that would eventually bear his name, Rogers Pass.
  • Rogers, D. W. - President of Talladega & Coosa Valley Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 183)
  • Rogers, Henry Huttleston (1840-1909) - American financier partly responsible for the Virginian Railway.
  • Rogers, Henry T. - President of Colorado Eastern Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 293)
  • Rogerson, Albert Chorley - General manager of Beyer, Peacock & Company.
  • Root, Russell C. - President of Bennington & Glastenbury Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 17; Official List 1888, p 15)
  • Ropes, David N. - President of Long Island Rail Road 1876-1877 [preceded by Conrad Poppenhusen; succeeded by Adolph Poppenhusen].
  • Rose, Matt - Chief Executive Officer of BNSF Railway.
  • Ross, Alexander (1845-1923) - Began railway career for the Great North of Scotland Railway; worked for London & North Western 1871-1884 with some time in 1874 working for the North Eastern Railway; worked for Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway 1884-1890; chief engineer for Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway 1890-1896; chief engineer of Great Northern Railway (UK) 1896-1911.
  • Ross, James G. - President of Quebec & Lake St. John Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 163)
  • Ross, James Levison (1848-1913) - Resident engineer for Ulster & Delaware Railroad 1870-__; chief engineer of Wisconsin Central Railway 1873-__; chief engineer of Lake Ontario Shore Railroad; manager and chief engineer of Victoria Railway; builder of Credit Valley Railway in 1878-9; consulting engineer for Ontario & Quebec Railway; general manager and chief engineer of North American Railway Contracting Company (which was formed to execute construction of Canadian Pacific Railway's main line); construction maager of Ontario & Quebec Railway 1886-__; builder of International Railway of Maine which served as Canadian Pacific's first entry into the United States.
  • John Ross John Ross in 1859
  • Ross, John - President of Grand Trunk Railroad. (Lloyd 1859)
  • Ross, Walter L. - President of Detroit & Toledo Railroad; president of Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad; president of Nickel Plate Road 1925-__ [preceded by John Joseph Bernet]. (NY Times, May 22, 1918; Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1243)
  • Ross, William Gilles (born 1863) - Comptroller for Montreal Street Railway 1896-1899; managing director for Montreal Street Railway 1904-1910; managing director for Montreal Park & Island Railway; president of Quebec Railway, Light & Power Company in 1909; general manager Suburban Tramway & Power Company; president of Montreal Street Railway Mutual Benefit Association; president of Canadian Street Railway Association in 1904; president of Street Railway Accountants' Association of America in 1904; vice president of American Street Railway Association in 1910; director for Nova Scotia Tramway & Power Company; director for Montreal Tramways Company. (Greene 1912, p 506)
  • Rough, William R. - President of St. Joseph Valley Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 169)
  • Rouvillois, Philippe - President of SNCF __-1986.
  • Roy, Mukul (born 1954) - Railway Minister of India 2012-__ [preceded by Dinesh Trivedi].
  • Runkle, George N. - President of Macomb, Industry & Littleton Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1225)
  • Runnells, John S. - President of Pullman Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1277)
  • Russell, Donald J. (1900-1985) - President of Southern Pacific Company 1952-1964 [preceded by Armand Mercier; succeeded by Benjamin F. Biaggini]; chairman of the Southern Pacific Company board of directors 1964-1972 [preceded by Hale Holden in 1939; position vacant 1939-1964 and 1972-1976; succeeded by Benjamin F. Biaggini in 1976].
  • Russell, Lawrence - President of Arizona & New Mexico Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 3; Official List 1888, p 3)
  • Russell, William A. - President of Cheshire Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 31; Official List 1888, p 36)
  • Ruthven, __ - Chief Mechanical Engineer for Great North of Scotland Railway 1855-1857.
  • Ryan, John D. - President of Butte, Anaconda & Pacific Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 229)
  • Ryan, John T. - President of Anglesea Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 3)
  • Ryan, Michael Patrick (1825-1893) - Director of Montreal, Ottawa & Occidental Railway __-1875.

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John Shedd Reed: 1917-2008

There are various stories around the news sites today that John Shedd Reed, president of the Santa Fe Railroad from 1967 to 1986, passed away over the weekend. The AP says it happened on Sunday, but the Chicago Tribune says Saturday. Whichever day it happened (and if you have more information please let me know), the railroad industry lost an influential executive. Reed was the grandson of John G. Shedd, the second president of Marshall Field and the founder of Shedd Aquarium (Reed himself was president of the aquarium from 1984 to 1994). As president of the Santa Fe, Reed took the railroad through the deregulation period of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was also under his leadership that the Santa Fe told Amtrak it could no longer use the "Chief" or "Super Chief" names on its passenger trains in 1976 due to a significant decrease in the perceived quality of a ride aboard them.

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