Reading and Northern Railroad announces the appointment of Eric Peters as Vice President Transportation and Safety. He will succeed Thomas Cook who will retire later this year. Peters will report to Tyler Glass, Executive Vice President-Operations.
Peters joins Reading and Northern from Norfolk Southern Railway, which he joined as a Management Trainee after college. During his 14 years at NS, Peters rose through the ranks ultimately reaching the position of Division Superintendent of the Harrisburg Division earlier this year. Reading & Northern’s interchanges with NS all take place within the Harrisburg Division, giving Peters a good perspective of the Reading & Northern operation and business.
“When we began looking for Tom Cook’s replacement as he contemplated retirement we had no idea we would have so many exceptional candidates for the job. In choosing Eric, we were tremendously impressed with his operational knowledge and knowledge of our operating territory, but more importantly his leadership background. For Eric to rise to the Division Superintendent position at his relatively young age speaks volumes on his abilities and how NS management saw him. We believe Eric will do a great job running our daily train operations and he will further cement the excellent working relationship we have with NS,” said Wayne Michel, RBMN President.
Peters graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University and has a B.S. in Business Management with Transportation and Logistics emphasis. He and his wife, Pooja, who grew up in the Lehigh Valley, will be making their home with their two children in the region.
Reading & Northern Railroad, with its corporate headquarters in Port Clinton, is a privately held railroad company serving over 70 customers in nine eastern Pennsylvania counties (Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Wyoming). It has expanded its operations over the last 30+ years and now handles over 34,000 carloads of freight and 140,000 excursion train riders over 400 miles of track. Reading and Northern operates both freight services and steam and diesel-powered excursion passenger services, owns almost 1,300 freight cars, and employs nearly 300 dedicated employees. Reading & Northern has repeatedly been honored as one of the premier railroads in the nation including being named Regional Railroad of the Year in 2020 by Railway Age Magazine.