Foster J. Peterson

Foster J. Peterson

Senior Managing Consultant

Mr. Peterson is a Senior Managing Consultant for ESi. Prior to joining ESi, he was a partner with Full Service Railroad Consulting, Inc., where he provided clients with timely and accurate analysis of railroad operations issues, gave training in railroad safety, rules, and operating practices, and conducted operational and safety audits. Mr. Peterson also provided consulting and/or testifying expert services in railroad mechanical, operating, and engineering disciplines from accident/incident response through case analysis and report preparation. 

Mr. Peterson has performed derailment and accident investigations, railroad operating practices and safety studies, train and vehicle dynamic studies, mechanical inspections, physical testing, and railroad training. He is an experienced user of simulation tools such as the AAR’s Train Operations Simulator (TOS), Train Operations and Energy Simulator (TOES), and New and Untried Car Analytic Regime Simulation (NUCARS).

Mr. Peterson has extensive experience in the development and training of railroad safety, rules, and operating practices. He has created operating, safety, air brake, and train handling, as well as locomotive engineer and conductor training programs. He continues to be an active Operating/Safety Officer at several shortline railroads and is a certified conductor, locomotive engineer, and Designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers. 

Publications

  • Basics of Train Handling: Braking, International Association of Railway Operating Officers, September 2011
  • The Train is Unstoppable and Denzel is Nowhere to Be Found (Are You Ready?), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Annual Convention, May 2011
  • Basics of Train Handling: Getting Off to a Good Start, International Association of Railway Operating Officers, September 2009
  • Locomotive Camera Update, International Association of Railway Operating Officers, September 2009
  • Locomotive Event Recorder Update, International Association of Railway Operating Officers, September 2008
  • Advances in the Locomotive Event Recorder Download Process: Class 1 vs. Shortline/Regional Perspective, International Association of Railway Operating Officers, September 2005
  • Defending Against Claims of Careless Train Operation, 49th Annual Meeting, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • The Manifest, Bulletin of the International Association of Railway Operating Officers, June 2003
  • Causes, Analysis, and Prevention of Empty Tank Car Derailments, International Association of Railway Operating Officers, September 2000
  • An Integrated Approach to a Comprehensive Wheel/Rail Management System, Advanced Rail Management Rail/Wheel Interface Infozone Sessions, May 2000
  • See CV for further publications

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