The day Rollin Bredenberg (and I) changed the course of railroading

April 7, 2016

Written by  Bruce E. Kelly, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine

April 2016 will be remembered decades from now as the month when Rollin Bredenberg retired as V.P., Capacity Planning & Operations Research at BNSF Railway.Website Insert Gathering of Professionals 1 copy

Rollin’s contributions to the rail industry have earned respect and praise from the highest corporate offices, as well as from historically minded railway enthusiasts. Rollin says, “My planned last day in the office is 4/1/16,” but he’ll continue lending his unique insights well beyond that date for the benefit of BNSF.

During his college years in the 1960s, Rollin worked the summer months as a brakeman for Southern Pacific Railroad in Texas. His sharp comprehension of the geography, mechanics, and business of railroading elevated him to General Manager of SP’s Eastern Region in 1982 and then G.M of the Western Region in 1984. In the early 1990s, he was in charge of a special SP team dedicated to expanding business across the U.S.-Mexico border, a position where his fluent Spanish gained the confidence of Mexican railway officials and their shippers.

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