Biographies

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Biographical information about prominent people in rail transport worldwide.

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

  • Gabbett, Cecil - Presdient of Western Railway of Alabama. (Official List 1888, p 7)
  • Gabreski, Francis Stanley "Gabby" (1919-2002) - President of Long Island Rail Road 1978-1981 [preceded by Robert K. Pattison; succeeded by Daniel T. Scannell].
  • Gadsden, C. S. - Charleston & Savannah Railway. President of Association of American Railroad Superintendents. (Official List 1888, p xxxvi)
  • Gadsden, James (1788-1858) - President of South Carolina Railroad 1840-1850.
  • Gage, E. B. - President of Arizona Southern Railroad. President of The Congress Consolidated Mines Company, Ltd., Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, pp 191 and 295)
  • Gair, George F. (born 1926) - New Zealand Minister of Railways 1981-1984.
  • Gallois, Louis (born 1944) - President of SNCF 1996-2006.
  • Gallup, D. L. - President of Arizona & Utah Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 191)
  • Galt, E. T. - President of Alberta Railway & Irrigation Company. (Pocket List 1907, p 189)
  • Galusha, Norman H. - President of Rochester & Lake Ontario Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 166)
  • Gamble, J. N. - President of Cincinnati & Westwood Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 283)
  • Gamble, Patrick K. (born 1945) - President of Alaska Railroad 2001-__.
  • Gantt, T. A. - President of Chicago, Peoria & Western Railway; president of Illinois Valley Belt Railroad. (Illinois PUC 1915, pp 1209 and 1220)

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

  • Ice, Carl - President and CEO of BNSF Railway. Named 2016 Railroader of the Year by Railway Age Magazine.
  • Idrac, Anne-Marie (born 1951) - President of RATP 2002-2006, president of SNCF 2006-__.
  • Ingalls, Melville E. - President of Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. President of Cincinnati, Georgetown & Portsmouth Railroad. President of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis & Chicago Railway. President of Central Union Depot & Railway. President of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 44; Official List 1888, pp 36 and 51; Pocket List 1907, pp 245 and 287)
  • Ingersoll, C. E. - President of Midland Valley Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Ingham, William A. - President of East Broad Top Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 57; Offical List 1888, p 75)
  • Ingraham, James E. - President of South Florida Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 180)
  • Ingram, John W. (died 2008) - Federal Railroad Administration administrator 1971-1974; president of Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad 1974-1979 [succeeded by William M. Gibbons]; responsible for the black/blue/white livery of the Rock Island.
  • Innes, P. - President of Windsor & Annapolis Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 198)
  • Insull, Samuel (1859-1938) - President of Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway. President of Sterling, Dixon & Eastern Electric Railway. President of Union Consolidated Elevated Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 253; Illinois PUC, 1915, pp 1273 and 1275)

Who's Who list by name, surname beginning with T

  • Tait, E. E. - President of Pittsburgh & Shawmut Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Tait, Thomas James (1864-1940) - Began railroad career with Grand Trunk Railway in 1880 and was promoted through various positions to eventually become manager of transportation for Canadian Pacific Railway; appointed chairman of commissioners for Victorian Railways in Australia, serving from March 1903 to 1911.
  • Talmadge, H. P. - President of South Carolina Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 177)
  • Talmadge, O. G. - President of Chicago & Interurban Traction Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1251)
  • Tatsumi, Yoshiaki - Chairman of Seibu Railway.
  • Taverner, William Burgoyne (c. 1880-1958) - New Zealand Minister of Railways 1928-1930.
  • Taylor, A. M. - President of Orange Belt Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 147)
  • Taylor, Edward B. - President of Akron & Barberton Railroad and Akron Union Depot. President of Terre Haute & Peoria Railroad. President of Cincinnati, Lebanon & Northern Railway. (Pocket List 1907, pp 187 and 285; NY Times, May 22, 1918; Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1242)
  • Taylor, H. H. - President of Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 217)
  • Taylor, Jas. L. - President of National Association of General Passenger Agents. (Official List 1888, p xxxviii)
  • Taylor, Knowles - First president of Long Island Rail Road 1835-1837 [succeeded by Valenine Hicks].

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

  • Wacker, C. H. - President of Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 267; Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1206)
  • Wade, J. H. - President of Cincinnati, Wabash & Michigan Railway; president of Valley Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 45; Official List 1888, pp 55 and 191)
  • Wade, Levi Clifford (1843-1891) - President of Mexican Central Railroad 1884-1891 [preceded by Thomas Nickerson; succeeded by Stephen W. Reynolds]. (Official List 1888, p 118)
  • Wagner, George A. - President of Blackville, Aston & Newberry Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 15)
  • Wagner, Webster (1817-1883) - Founder of Wagner Palace Car Company.
  • Wainwright, Harry (1864-1923) - Carriage and Wagon Superintendent for South Eastern & Chatham Railway 1899-1913.
  • Waite, C. C. - President of Dayton & Union Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 13)
  • Walden, Edwin - President of Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad; president of Boston, Winthrop & Shore Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 19; Official List 1888, p 19)
  • Walker, Aldace Freeman (1842-1901) - Commissioner for Interstate Commerce Commission __-1889; chairman of Interstate Commerce Railway Association 1889-__; chairman of Western Traffic Association; president of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 1894-1895 [preceded by Joseph Reinhart; succeeded by Edward Payson Ripley].

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

  • Cable, Ransom Reed - President of Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad 1883-1898; president of Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 43; Official List 1888, pp 45 and 47)
  • Cadman, Alfred (1847-1905) - New Zealand Minister of Railways 1895-1899.
  • Cahill, Bernie - President of Rahway Valley Railway. (Congressional Record 1986, p 24914)
  • Cahill, Michael Harrison - Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad 1930-1933.
  • Cail, Jean-François (1804-1871) - French steam locomotive builder and licensee of the Crampton type locomotive in France.
  • Caldwell, B. D. - President of Wells Fargo & Company. (Illinois PUC 1915, p 1279)
  • Caldwell, C. H. - President of Bainbridge & Northern Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 207)
  • Caldwell, D. W. - President of New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 139)
  • John Caldwell John Caldwell in 1859

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

  • Sabin, Dwight (1843-1902) - Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Railroads 1887-1889; president of Minnesota & Wisconsin Railway. (Wisconsin Railroad Commission 1897, p 31)
  • Salisbury, A. C. - Superintendent of Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Utica Division. (Poor's 1887, p 53)
  • Salius, Sol - President of Alton & Mississippi River Belt Railway & Transportation Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1299)
  • Sampsell, Marshall E. - President of Central Illinois Public Service Company; president of Central Illinois Traction Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1249)
  • Sanborn, John P. - President of Port Huron & Northwestern Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 161)
  • Sandberg, Steve - Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the 261.
  • Sanders, Thomas Collett - President of Mexican Railway. (Official List 1888, p 119)
  • Sargent, Aaron Augustus (1827-1877) - American journalist, lawyer and politician who authored the first Pacific Railroad Act, authorizing construction of the first transcontinental railroad in North America.
  • Sargent, C. S. - President of Boston & Albany Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Saunders, E. N. - Chairman and president of Northwestern Coal Railway. (Wisconsin Railroad Commission 1897, p 34)
  • Saunders, Stuart T. - Chairman of Penn Central 1968-__. (PC Post, March 13, 1968, p. 3)

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

  • Oakes, Thomas Fletcher (1843-1919) - President of Northern Pacific Railway 1888-1893. (Railway Age, 1887, p 236)
  • Oberhelman, Doug - CEO of Caterpillar, Inc. 2010-present.
  • O'Brien, J. P. - President of Northern Pacific Terminal Company of Oregon. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • O'Connor, M. J. - President of Louisville, New Albany & Corydon Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 115)
  • Ogden, William Butler (1805-1877) - President of Chicago & North Western Railway.
  • Ohliger, Lewis P. (1843-1923) - Trustee for the Wooster & Lodi Railway in Ohio.
  • Olcott, W. J. - President of Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 311)
  • Oliver, J. C. - President of Allegheny & South Side Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 189)
  • Olyphant, R. M. - President of Delaware & Hudson Canal Company. (Poor's 1887, p 53; Official List 1888, p 67; Pocket List 1907, p 301)
  • Osborn, William H. (1820-1894) - Director of Illinois Central Railroad beginning in 1854; president of Illinois Central Railroad 1855-1865 [preceded by John N. A. Griswold; succeeded by John M. Douglas]; president of Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans Railroad 1875-1882.
  • Osgood, J. C. - Chairman of Colorado & South Eastern Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 291)
  • Ossoski, Sidney - President of Chicago & Oak Park Elevated Railroad. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1252)

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

  • Aadnesen, Chris - CEO of Estonian Railways; CEO of Alaska Railroad 2010-2013.
  • Abbot, Amos (1786-1868) - A founder in 1833 of the Boston & Portland Railway (later became Boston & Maine Railroad); director of same 1834-1841.
  • Abbot, Edwin H. - President of Wisconsin Central Railway 1890-__; president of Pewaukee & Montello Railroad; president of Chicago, Wisconsin & Minnesota Railroad; president of Milwaukee & Lake Winnebago Railroad. (Wisconsin Railroad Commission 1897, pp 38 and 41-44)
  • Abbott, Harry - General superintendent of Canadian Pacific Railway's Pacific Division. (Poor's 1887, p 25; Official List 1888, p 27)
  • Abbott, W. R. - President of Central Railway of Arkansas. (Pocket List 1907, p 241)
  • Abrams, A. St Clair - President of Tavares, Apopka & Gulf Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 183)
  • Abrams, W. J. - Chairman and president of Kewaunee, Green Bay & Western Railroad. (Wisconsin Railroad Commission 1897, p 27)
  • Abt, Carl Roman (1850-1933) - President of Gotthardbahn; inventor of the Abt rack system for mountain railroads; oversaw construction on 72 mountain railroads around the world.
  • Ackerman, Goerge E. - President of Central Illinois Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1301)
  • Ackerman, William K. - President of Illinois Central Railroad 1876-1883 [preceded by John M. Douglas; succeeded by James C. Clarke].

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

  • Daley, A. F. - President of Dublin & Southwestern Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 309)
  • Dana, N. J. T. - President and general manager of Montana Union Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 127)
  • Danforth, F. L. - President of Buffalo Creek Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 21; Official List 1888, p 21)
  • Daniels, Winthrop More (1867-1944) - Commissioner for the Interstate Commerce Commission 1913-1923.
  • Dargan, William (1799-1867) - Irish engineer known as the "father of Irish railways."  Built the first railway in Ireland in 1833, connecting Dublin to Kingstown.
  • Darling, J. A. - Chairman of Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad. (Congressional Record 1986, p 24914)
  • Darling, William Lafayette (1856-1938) - Construction engineer for Great Northern Railway who oversaw construction of several branches in Idaho and Montana.
  • Darlow, E. R. - President of Buffalo & Susquehanna Railway. (NY Times, May 22, 1918; Poor's 1917, p 168)
  • Darrah, A. C. - President of St. Clairsville & Northern Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 167)
  • Darre-Jenssen, Hans Jørgen (1864-1950) - Norwegian civil engineer; chief engineer for the reconstruction of the Drammen Line from 1909 until its completion in 1922; director for Norwegian State Railways.
  • Dautry, Raoul (1880-1951) - Oversaw reconstruction of the northern French rail network after World War I; director of Compagnie des chemins de fer de l'État 1928-1937.
  • Davey, John R. - President of Cincinnati Northwestern Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 45; Official List 1888, p 55)

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

  • Jackson, W. J. - President of Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918; Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1202)
  • Jackson, W. S. - President of Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 55)
  • Jackson, Ward - First chairman of the West Hartlepool Harbour & Railway in England.
  • Jacomb-Hood, Robert - Chief engineer for London, Brighton & South Coast Railway __-1860 [succeeded by Frederick Banister].
  • James, C. E. - President of Union Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 187)
  • Janney, Eli H. (1831-1912) - Inventor of the modern knuckle coupler.
  • Jarvis, Ronald G. (1911-1994) - British locomotive engineer who oversaw development of British Rail's class 43 HST power cars.
  • A. G. Jaudon A. G. Jaudon in 1859
  • Jaudon, A. G. - President of Dauphin & Susquehanna Railroad. (Lloyd 1859)
  • Jay, John (1805-1872) - British contractor and stonemason whose projects included the Stoke-on-Trent station, part of the Great Northern Railway at King's Cross station, King's Cross goods and passenger stations, London Underground's Metropolitan Line, Colchester station and much of Paddington station.
  • Jayant, M. S. - General manager of the South Central Railway Zone in India.
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