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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

     650-245-2994 - 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
 

 


 

   

    Brad Black - Director

     262-617-5440 - EMAIL

     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.

 


      Lewis Foster

    Lewis foster - Director

     540-819-8888 -- EMAIL

    

  Lewis Foster was born and raised in the area around Roanoke, VA. He is a software development professional and graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia and works as a Software Architect for several education-oriented software applications for Public Consulting Group. He caught the “railroad bug” from his father, who worked for Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern.


  Along with his father, Lewis owns the Minneapolis Club, a former Northern Pacific / Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy 4 double bedroom, compartment, buffet, round-end observation car. Since they both enjoy traveling by train, they decided that this would be a fun (and challenging) project to take on together. The car is currently eing refurbished and upgraded for Amtrak certification. Once this work is complete, they plan to make the car available for charter and lease.


  Lewis also volunteers with the Roanoke Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. For the past three years he has served as a member of the Chapter’s Board and as Secretary of the organization for the past two. He also works with the Chapter Mechanical Committee, helping to maintain and restore the Chapter’s collection of passenger and freight rolling stock and its two operating locomotives.

 


   

     

    Gary Carter-Director

     719-406-6161 - EMAIL

    

      Gary was raised in southern Colorado, just a stone’s throw from the Santa Fe and MoPac main lines. Developing an interest in history and the life sciences, he chose to pursue a career in Pharmacy. He accepted a pharmacist position in Monte Vista, Colorado following graduation from the University of Colorado. In 1980 he found himself practicing pharmacy in Pueblo, Colorado and practiced there while he and his business partners started a discussion of owning a private rail car. Deciding he wanted to be part of a group of owners, he soon realized that he would need to join RPCA to gain the knowledge and develop contacts within the realm of railroading. Since joining RPCA he has extended his mechanical knowledge by enrolling in two welding classes at the local community college. In 2008 his group purchased an ex-Canadian National touring car called the Bedford. He has since been involved in all phases of the restoration and modification of the car to meet Amtrak standards. Gary is not alone in his pursuit of getting a car on the rails, as his wife, Sue, has helped in some of the hands on work as well as serving up encouragement along the way.

 

 


   

    Joe Rosenthal - Director

     609-513-6780 - EMAIL

    

      Bio coming soon....    

 

 


 

    Judy Gray -Director

    (317) 670-9454 - EMAIL

 

    

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

   

Judy Gray was born and raised in Indianapolis Indiana. Judy is the third generation of her family with interest in the Railroad industry. She is currently an active member of the Whitewater Valley Railroad in Connersville Indiana and the C. P. Huntington chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society in Huntington West Virginia. At the Whitewater Valley Railroad Judy is a certified brakeman, conductor and engineer. She is also the Railroad Archivist. Judy has been a member of the Day Out with Thomas planning committee for 15 years, she was also the chairperson for the Dinosaur Train committee, and has coordinated many different train show exhibits. At the Huntington Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society she has been an active volunteer on the New River Train. Judy (Clem) Gray is the co-author of the Arcadia book Images of Rail: The Whitewater Valley Railroad. She has been an active member of the Rail Car Passenger Alliance since her first convention in 2010.

Judy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from Marian University in Indianapolis Indiana and a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University. She is currently a library branch manager for the Indianapolis Public Library. She resides in Carrollton Indiana with her husband William.

 


 

 


   

    Ray Kammer - Director

     513-933-8022 - EMAIL

    

      Ray Kammer Jr. 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.     

 

 


   

    Jon Clark - Director

     800-444-4444 - EMAIL

    

     I have been a railroad passenger car fan since I was a teenager. Born and raised in Southern California, in 1976 I joined a Los Angeles-area railroad club that owned and operated their own fleet of lightweight passenger cars, and started learning about them by joining their “Private Car Committee” and working on their cars on weekends. In 1977, I saw an article in the Los Angeles Times about Amtrak selling retired passenger cars at auction and at that point developed a strong interest in owning my own car someday. I started reading about passenger car history and maintenance whenever I could. I bought my first passenger car at an Amtrak auction in 1984 at the age of 24. In 1993, I joined RPCA and have been a member ever since. I attended my first RPCA convention in 1996, and have been to all but 2 of the conventions since then. The RPCA conventions are something I really look forward to each year as there are few other opportunities during the year for people with this rather obscure interest (some might say affliction) to get together and talk shop each year.


I worked for 10 years as a Resident Inspector at various passenger car assembly plants, inspecting new equipment for various transit agencies as their new rolling stock was assembled at companies such as Bombardier in Plattsburg, NY, Alstom in Hornell, NY, and Kawasaki in Lincoln, Nebraska. I would have preferred to have been inspecting new cars at Budd or Pullman-Standard, but I was born too late for that.


I worked part-time for many years on various private car-related projects, and currently work full-time on private cars. I do mechanical work, help customers move cars in freight service, and assist aspiring new car owners with finding cars to purchase that are suitable for what they have in mind. Over the years, I have also moved a total of 18 passenger cars and 2 cabooses by highway from isolated track back to live rail. While based in the Los Angeles area, I frequently travel to various locations in the US for this work. I am also one of the Amtrak Private Car Inspectors.




   



















 

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