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 Rea
    Samuel 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 1938
    David 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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