Our Team

With more than 25 years of experience in the rail industry, we provide a team of trainers that focus on creating successful partnerships. This experience, coupled with the highest quality training and compliance programs, lets us help develop safe, efficient and regulation-compliant railroad operations with measurable result

Tom Howie, President

Tom Howie is the third of 4 generations of railroaders in the Howie family. He has 45 years experience in the industry. Tom began 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 presides – Rail Training & Consulting, Inc and RailSoft Systems, Inc. The 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 40 years, reside in Abbeville, South Carolina. They have two children and a grandson.




Sarah Lynne Howie, Director of Operations

Sarah Lynne Howie, a 4th generation railroader, began working with the family business in November 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 and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina.