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Ryan Crawford


Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. – Vice President of Ballast Operations and Railcar Leasing

Ryan Crawford oversees contract development, equipment leasing, and operational management for all of Herzog’s ballast services. Ryan works to find optimal ballast delivery solutions for our Class 1 and short line clients and manages Herzog’s 4,000+ railcar fleet across the US, Canada, and Mexico. Herzog’s GPS Ballast Trains, Automated Conveyor Train℠, Solar Ballast Car, and specialty railcars fall under his purview.

Ryan started his career at Herzog in 2003 as a GPS ballast train technician. After a few short years performing mechanical inspections on railcars, he was promoted to manage Herzog’s railcar facility in 2008. In this role, he was responsible for daily operations and the production of specialized maintenance-of-way equipment. After 2011, Ryan progressively took on more management responsibilities in ballast field operations and railcar leasing, culminating in his most recent promotion to Vice President in 2019.

In 2018, Ryan was recognized as a 10 Under 40 Fast Tracker by Railway Age for his work in the growth of Herzog’s ballast operations. He is a member of Committee 1 – Roadway & Ballast Track Functional Group for the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).

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