Engineering Services Functional Group

Technical Committee 18 - Light Density & Short Line Railways

This committee is responsible for the development and publication of information and recommended practices regarding the special engineering, economic and maintenance needs of light density and short line freight railways.


Daniel Tegtmeier, PE

Project Engineer

Iowa Northern Railway Company


Vice Chair

Charles M. Tucker

Project Manager

Farnsworth Group, Inc.



Lucas J. Brewer

Senior Project Manager




Welcome new members

  • Mark Bergeon, North American Railroad Program Leader, Golder Associates
  • Jason Greeley, Director of Engineering, NBM Railways Western NY & PA RR

Committee By-Laws

Meeting Information

Recent Meeting

  • Virtual Meeting held May 6, 2020
  • Virtual Meeting held December 15, 2020

Future Meetings

  • Our Spring meeting is tentatively set for May of 2021 in Waterloo, Iowa with a field trip on May 11th hosted by the Iowa Northern Railway

Information on Previous Committee 18 Field Trips

  • Spring meeting Port of Jersey May 6, 2019
  • Minneapolis Railway Interchange September 2019

Subcommittees and Current Assignments

Subcommittee B: Revision of Manual.

CB-1-96: Review the current Manual for its application to Light Density and Short Line Railways. Canvass short lines to determine what parts of the Manual can be improved from their perspective. Ongoing assignment.

CB-1-00: Develop and maintain Committee web site.Ongoing assignment.

DB-1-02: Review of old Roadmasters Proceedings. Ongoing assignment.

Subcommittee 1:

D1-2-99: Develop guidelines for preparing contract specifications, with example forms.

D2-6-98: Simplified explanation of Cooper rating system. This assignment is currently on hold.

D2-1-05: Section 3.4 Bridge Inspection Checklist and Forms. This assignment is currently on hold.

D1-1-11: Review and update 3.1, in coordination with Committee 10.

D1-2-11: Develop 2.1, in coordination with Committees 4 & 5.

D1-3-11: Develop 2.2.5, in coordination with Committees 5 & 10.