A Career Railroad Operator Takes a New Track

In 1995, Tom Howie left the career that he’d practiced and loved for over four decades to pursue a new opportunity. Howie saw a need in the rail industry for intuitive, easy-to-use software tools that could increase safety and productivity for rail operations.

While developing these tools, Howie also began to offer training and consulting services to other railroad operators, quickly becoming an expert and a reservoir of knowledge in the field. He incorporated RTC in 1997 as a leading consulting firm for the rail industry. Today, RTC continues to expand and to provide training and other custom solutions for rail operations nationwide.

Who We Are


Rail Training & Consulting, Inc (RTC) is your railroad’s trusted partner. Our professional training, documentation and compliance with regulatory standards result in reduced non-compliance penalties and equipment replacement due to human factor incidents.

RTC specializes in increasing the safety and productivity of your rail operation. With more than 25 years of experience in the rail industry, we provide a team of trainers that focus on creating successful partnerships with our clients in order to develop a safe, efficient and regulation-compliant railroad operation.

Our team is fluent in practical rail operations, has extensive rail management experience and produces proven and measurable results.



Tom Howie


Tom Howie’s family has been connected to the railroad business for generations. Tom grew up in Abbeville, SC, an early hub for railroad operations in the state and is the third generation of four-generations of railroaders in the Howie family.

“My grandfather, father and myself were all locomotive engineers and supervisors for CSX on the same Seaboard line,” Tom says. “Altogether, we’ve been in the rail business since 1899, with almost 150 years of service.”

Howie has 51 years experience in the rail industry, beginning his career in 1966 as a track laborer for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad Company. He worked for CSX Transportation for 29 years in various capacities but mostly as a locomotive engineer, supervisor, instructor and operations support staff member in the Transportation Department.

In 1995, Tom left his position at CSX to start the two companies for which he now serves as president and CEO—Rail Training & Consulting, Inc and RailSoft Systems, Inc. Both companies were incorporated in 1997 and have since been providing crucial safety training, consulting services, FRA records compliance and operating compliance software for short line railroads and plant rail operations.

Tom and Patti, his wife of almost 45 years, reside in Abbeville, South Carolina. They have two children and four beautiful grandchildren.

Sarah Lynne Howie

Director of Operations

Sarah Lynne Howie, a fourth generation railroader, has officially been working with the family business since 2004.

Sarah Lynne is the Director of Business Operations for Rail Training & Consulting, Inc and the Director of Sales for RailSoft Systems.

Prior to joining the rail industry, Sarah Lynne became proficient in the world of regulatory compliance in her positions at Maxim Healthcare Services, a medical staffing and homecare provider.

Sarah Lynne is a graduate of The University of Georgia. She and husband, Lamar, currently reside in South Carolina and have two beautiful children.

Miranda Parks

Miranda Parks

Client Relations Manager

Miranda Parks has been with Rail Training and Consulting since April 2017. Bringing with her a strong background in customer service and marketing, she is the Client Relations Manager for RTC.

Miranda is originally from Gainesville, Georgia and a graduate of North Georgia College and State University. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina where she is active in the community through The Junior League of Greenville and The Radiance Bible Study.

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