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4/10/2006



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Amtrak appoints Schmidt to head transportation department



Amtrak recently named 35-year railroad veteran Thomas Schmidt to head the national intercity passenger railroad’s transportation department. As assistant vice president of transportation, he will be responsible for operations, federal operating rules compliance, and train and crew allocation.

Most recently vice president for transportation infrastructure planning firm TranSystems Corp., Schmidt served CSX Transportation in various leadership positions for the network operations, train control technology and service design departments. He also served as president of CSXT subsidiary the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad, and vice president of engineering for CSXT. Schmidt began his railroading career in 1969 with Penn Central Railroad.


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