Michael Wester Joins Gulf & Ohio Railways

Knoxville, Tennessee (January 11, 2017)
Gulf & Ohio Railways is pleased to announce that Michael Wester joined our company on January 2, 2017. 

Mr. Wester has dual roles as the Director of Purchasing and Logistics at Knoxville Locomotive Works, Inc. and the Vice President Strategic Planning for Gulf & Ohio Railways, Inc.  

Mr. Wester comes to us with over 30 years of executive experience in the railroad industry. He was previously President of the RJ Corman Railroad Company overseeing the Short Lines, Switching Company, and Railpower Locomotives. He has also worked as a Division Superintendent with Norfolk Southern. He attended Harvard Business School and the University of Tennessee.

 Mr. Wester can be reached at 865-525-9400 ext. 224; his email address is mlw@gulfandohio.com.  

“Michael will be a great asset to our company, and we look forward to working with him. It’s a great way for the company to start the New Year,” says Todd Burchette, President of Gulf & Ohio Railways. 

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The Kinston & Snow Hill Railroad

The Kinston & Snow Hill Railroad logo.

The Kinston & Snow Hill Railroad logo.

Gulf & Ohio Railways is pleased to announce that a new short line railroad, the Kinston & Snow Hill, has been added to the G&O family of companies! 

The Kinston & Snow Hill Railroad pays homage to the short line railroad that operated from 1903-1913 on the same line. The railroad is located on a 5.7 mile industrial park spur that serves the NC Global TransPark in Kinston, NC. The KSH is able to provide service to the national rail network system with an interchange point with Norfolk Southern in Kinston, NC.

"We look forward to exploring the opportunities that we see this rail line offering," said Peter Claussen, Vice Chairman of G&O. "It is truly a unique piece of property and presents a lot of growth potential."

Three Rivers Rambler - New Depot, New Website, More Fun!

Over the past year and a half, the Three Rivers Rambler has settled in nicely at its new location and depot at University Commons. Construction of the depot began in 2014 and was finished in early 2015. With plenty of free parking, restrooms, snacks, and merchandise available, the new depot has helped make riding the Rambler an even more unforgettable experience. In the winter of 2015, the 3RR also added a display locomotive to the property named after the American folk hero John Henry, giving the depot a unique look and teaching people about the legendary steel drivin' man. 

In early 2016, the Three Rivers Rambler launched a new website to attract and better serve riders. Some of the new features of the website include a revamped schedule page, a virtual trip page that details many of the sights seen while riding the Rambler, an online store, pages dedicated to the historic Rambler equipment, and volunteer information. The new website is also optimized for mobile devices, so navigating on the website with a smartphone has never been easier.

The Rambler still has a few Vintage Baseball Express rides available this summer, with rides in the fall and Christmas season to finish out the year. If you are interested in riding the Rambler, go to their schedule page and see which ride is best for you. We hope you like the new additions to the Three Rivers Rambler as much as we do and we can't wait to see you riding on the rails with us.

Gulf & Ohio Railways Promotions

Pete Claussen, Chairman of Gulf & Ohio Railways, is pleased to announce the promotion of Doc Claussen to the position of Vice Chairman. Doc, who is currently on a sabbatical to pursue an MBA from the University of Tennessee, also serves as Vice Chairman of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. He has ten years of experience with Gulf & Ohio following a career as a diagnostic and interventional radiologist.

Todd Burchette has been appointed President of Gulf & Ohio Railways. Todd has had 26 years of experience in the railroad industry, nearly all of it with Gulf & Ohio, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. His COO duties are being merged into the President's position. He began his railroad career as a track laborer on the Yadkin Valley Railroad in North Carolina and has now become the company's top executive officer.

Ronnie McKenzie has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer. Ronnie has served successfully in both Operating and Marketing positions with Gulf & Ohio during his 28 years of service with the company.

Matt Gedney has been promoted to Chief Business Development Officer. Matt has an extensive and very successful background heading up the industrial development program at G&O's Lancaster & Chester Railroad.     

Claussen said: "All of these people have contributed significantly to the success of Gulf & Ohio Railways. Their promotions are well deserved reflections on their dedication to their jobs and to the company."