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February 2018

Part 1 : Progressive Railroading's 2018 Finance & Leasing Guide: Banks

Part 2 : Progressive Railroading's 2018 Finance & Leasing Guide: Equipment Providers/Equipment Management Services

Part 3 : Progressive Railroading's 2018 Finance & Leasing Guide: Finance Companies

Part 4 : Progressive Railroading's 2018 Finance & Leasing Guide: Investment banks

Part 5 : Progressive Railroading's 2018 Finance & Leasing Guide: Lessors

Part 6 : Progressive Railroading's 2018 Finance & Leasing Guide: Professional services/consulting

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Progressive Railroading's 2018 Finance & 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 (PPP). Rail services include feasibility assessments of railway investments in new or rehabilitated lines/networks, transaction/PPP advisory, railway master planning, operational analysis and maintenance planning, and infrastructure and rolling stock condition assessment and rehabilitation, according to the company’s website.

DVB Bank SE Representative Office New York


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, Chairman and CEO, 888-988-1699 x41,

Harral Winner Thompson Sharp Klein Inc.

8606 Timber Hill Lane, Potomac, MD 20854
301-983-9098 |

Description of services: HWTSK provides valuation studies, economic due diligence and market forecasting.

M4 Capital Group


NorthEast Logistics Systems LLC
2 Central St., Framingham, MA 01701
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 Flynn, President and Founder,

Nossaman LLP

1666 K Street NW, 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 rail equipment valuation, M&A, transaction due diligence, fleet strategy and market assessment, and fleet risk assessments.

Contact: William J. Rennicke,

PLG Consulting

100 S. State St., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

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

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

PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory LLC

One Detroit Center - 500 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226

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: Sebastian W.L. de Meel, Principal, 248-761-8465,

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
775-825-6570 | 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,



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 23 years, helps clients plan and finance equipment, infrastructure, growth strategies and acquisitions. The company also implements its Strategic Exit Optimization (SEO) approach to business divestitures to help clients grow their businesses and increase value prior to a sale.

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: 904-280-1898 |

Description of services: Strategic and financial consulting for railroads.

Contact: Chris Rooney, President

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