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February 2017

Part 1 : Progressive Railroading's 2017 Finance and Leasing Guide: Banks

Part 2 : Progressive Railroading's 2017 Finance and Leasing Guide: Equipment providers/Equipment Management Services

Part 3 : Progressive Railroading's 2017 Finance and Leasing Guide: Finance Companies

Part 4 : Progressive Railroading's 2017 Finance and Leasing Guide: Investment Banks

Part 5 : Progressive Railroading's 2017 Finance and Leasing Guide: Lessors

Part 6 : Progressive Railroading's 2017 Finance and Leasing Guide: Private Equity Firms

Part 7 : Progressive Railroading's 2017 Finance and Leasing Guide: Professional Services/Consulting

Rail News: Mechanical

Progressive Railroading's 2017 Finance and Leasing Guide: Professional Services/Consulting


abh consulting — transportation analysis & consulting

1230 Park Ave. Suite 4A, New York, NY 10128
212-595-0457; Cell: 917-520-7101

Description of services: abh consulting is the business title for Anthony Hatch, an independent railroad analyst with more than 30 years of Wall Street experience. Hatch serves the investment community (both public and private), as well as the railroad industry.

Contact: Anthony Hatch,

AllTranstek LLC

1101 W. 31st St., Suite 200, Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-325-9977 | Fax: 630-325-9978 |

Description of services: Rail car: Fleet maintenance management, technical and strategic consulting services, maintenance management software development, regulatory compliance, training and inspection services.

Contact: Richard Kloster, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, 847-544-6760; email:


72 Chamberlain Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1S 1V9
613-237-2500 |

Description of services: CPCS is a management consulting firm providing strategic advisory services specific to transportation and power infrastructure, operations, investment, policy and regulation. The firm specializes in mobilizing private investment for public infrastructure, specifically through public-private partnerships. Rail services include engineering design, market studies, operations/capacity analysis and modeling, rolling stock assessment, infrastructure condition assessment, financial and economic analysis, railway business analysis and planning, and community engagement, according to the company’s website.

The David J. Joseph Co.


Economic Planning Associates

1050 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-864-4900 | Fax: 631-864-4932 |

Description of services: Economic and rail-car consulting.

Contact: Peter M. Toja, President

Edward D. Biggs III LLC d/b/a Biggs Appraisal

2255 Sumter Lake Drive, Marietta, GA 30062
404-625-4059 |

Description of services: Rail equipment appraisal and inspection.

Contact: Edward D. Biggs III, President


1720 N. Kinser Pike - Suite 210, Bloomington, IN 47404
888-988-1699 | Fax: 877-222-9060 |

Description of services: For more than two decades, FTR has offered forecasting and analysis for freight transportation and equipment demand for the North American market. The company’s forecasters collect and analyze data likely to impact freight demand and movement, and issue reports for rail, intermodal and truck transportation. FTR also provides demand analysis for rail cars and commercial vehicles.

Contact: Eric Starks, President, 888-988-1699 x41,

The Greenbrier Cos. Inc.


Harral Winner Thompson Sharp Klein Inc. (HWTSK)

8606 Timber Hill Lane, Potomac, MD 20854
301-983-9098 (U.S.) | +44 207-354-3451 (U.K.),,

Description of services: HWTSK provides management consulting services to railway enterprises, governments, rail industry suppliers, investors, entrepreneurs and financial institutions involved in transactions in the rail sector. The firm specializes in reforming and restructuring state-owned railways, including urban and suburban transport systems, and freight and passenger railways. HWTSK provides due diligence services in rail acquisitions and equipment financing transactions, including evaluation of fleet condition, future value and earning potential of acquired assets. Since 1998, HWTSK has acted as advisers on a number of public and private financing transactions, including more than $25 billion in transactions for freight cars, passenger rolling stock, locomotives, maintenance equipment and infrastructure.

Contact: John H. Winner, President and CEO, 301-983-9098,

NorthEast Logistics Systems LLC

59 Fountain St., Suite 300, Framingham, MA 01702
617-418-3570 | Fax: 978-268-5080 |

Description of services: NorthEast Logistics Systems LLC (NELS) offers comprehensive data transformation services which utilize the company’s proprietary database of rail network assets and locations, with the ability to integrate GPS and CLM data feeds. NELS provides its clients with analytical tools and diagnostics needed to assess rail traffic performance issues. NELS can improve asset utilization, reduce risk and lower total transportation costs, thus improving operational efficiencies, the company says.

Contact: Richard E. Flynn, President and Founder,

Nossaman LLP

1666 K Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20006
202-887-1400 | Fax: 202-466-3215

Description of services: Nossaman LLP’s railroad attorneys have “in-depth transactional and regulatory experience on a wide range of freight and passenger rail projects,” the company says. The railroad attorneys advise freight and passenger railroads, ports, shippers, rolling stock and equipment manufacturers and lessors and service companies on rail sector mergers and acquisitions; a wide range of STB, FRA and FTA compliance issues; and procurement of construction, maintenance, operations and professional services.

Oliver Wyman

200 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02118
617-424-3510 | Fax: 617-424-3871

Description of services: Oliver Wyman provides asset valuation, fleet strategy, due diligence and M&A services.

Contact: William J. Rennicke,

PLG Consulting

2 N. LaSalle St., 14th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602

Description of services: Consulting services for the bulk logistics, freight-rail, energy and chemical industries.

Contact: Taylor Robinson, President, 508-982-1319,

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLC

300 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017-6204
646-471-3000 | Fax: 813-286-6000

Description of services: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLC is a global firm that serves transportation and logistics clients and helps them “solve their strategy to execution challenges” by delivering consulting, tax and audit services, the company says. PwC offers fleet assessment, lease encumbered valuation (discounted cash flow analysis), residual value forecasting, above/below market lease analysis, impairment analysis, assessment of maintenance issues and effect on value, advice/implementation of lease accounting standards and impact to data and systems.

Contact: Jeffery P. Elliott, Managing Director, 267-330-3186 (office), 267-750-8961 (mobile),

Q2 Rail Solutions

2366 Ave C North, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 5X5

Description of services: Mobile rail-car services in Canada: cleaning, scrapping, stenciling, inspections and more. CN- and CP-served locations across Canada.

Contact: Robert Skarzynski, President, 306-270-3589,

Railroad Appraisal Associates

1914 Springdale Drive, Spring Grove, IL 60081

Description of services: Railroad Appraisal Associates offers rail-car and locomotive appraisals and inspections.

Contact: Patrick J. Mazzanti, President,

Railroad Industries Inc.

8098 Anselmo Ct., Reno, NV 89523
775-329-4855 | Fax: 775-825-6578 |

Description of services: The company offers equipment and track inspections, and appraisals; rail-line evaluations; maintenance costing and lease term valuations; repair and upgrade costing; rail equipment and service forecasting; and equipment utilization planning based on operations and railroad service.

RailSolutions Inc.

1307 Jamestown Road, Suite 101, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-903-4606 | Fax: 757-903-4705

Description of services: RailSolutions Inc. provides a variety of railroad equipment-related consulting, technical and advisory services to financial institutions, railroads, shippers and fleet operators, with a primary focus on equipment valuation and appraisal services. Additional services include rail-car and locomotive inspections, remarketing services, equipment repair and overhaul cost analyses, and portfolio valuations.

Contact: James D. Husband, President,



Shughart Consulting LLC

5216 Lourcey Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257-1146

Description of services: Shughart Consulting LLC provides railway consulting, expert witness services, economic analyses, due diligence, business case modeling and operations management improvement programs. The company has extensive experience in the revitalization of existing colonial railways and developing bankable feasibility studies for proposed new railway corridors, and its analytical models are designed to assist investor clients in analyzing railway financial, operational and pricing performance. The company provides strategic advisory services to railway financiers, carriers, shippers and manufacturers.

Contact: Larry Shughart

Strategic Rail Finance

1700 Sansom St., Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-564-3122 | Fax: 215-564-3288 |

Description of services: Strategic Rail Finance, which has served as an adviser to the railroad industry for 20 years, helps clients plan and finance equipment, infrastructure, growth strategies and acquisitions.

Contact: Michael Sussman, Founder and President,

Tealinc Ltd.


Vanness Co. Inc.

830-13 A1A North - Suite 204, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
904-280-1898 | Fax: 904-280-1899 |

Description of services: Strategic and financial consulting for railroads.

Contact: Chris Rooney, President

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