Russell G Quimby

Mr. Russell G Quimby

Quimby Consulting
6001 N 147th Street
Omaha , NE 68116-4316
Office: 703-987-7579


Mr. Quimby has over 22 years of railroad and rapid transit accident investigation experience as an investigator-in-charge for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the areas of rail operations, train handling, track, equipment, training, human performance, event recorder readout, Previously he was a railroad manager for 6 years. He is a West Point graduate with a BS degree.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Disaster Management
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Railroad
  • Transportation Safety

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
Passed Engineer-In-Training Test (EIT) 1986
B.S. General Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY 1970-1974
U.S. Public Health Service Respiratory Protection Training - 2004
NTSB Respiratory Protection - 2005
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 2001
Annual Refresher Courses - 2002 – 2007
AFGE Steward Training - 2001
Rail Sciences, Inc. Derailment Cause Finding & Prevention - 2000
NTSB Transportation and Law Symposium - 2000
Am. Mgmt. Assoc. Int’l. Coaching: A Strategic Tool for Leadership - 1999
BNSF Railway Locomotive Engineer School - 1998
Institute of Railway Engineering (IRE), University of Delaware:
Railroad Track Design, Analysis, and Maintenance - 1994
Roadbed and Rails: Fundamentals, Maintenance, and Economics - 1995
Railroad Track Design - 1993
NTSB Strategic Planning Workshop - 1992
NTSB Railroad Accident Investigation School - 1991
NTSB Project Management Workshop - 1991
US Army Command and General Staff College Graduate, Ft Leavenworth, KS - 1987
Association of American Railroads Tank Car Safety Course, Pueblo Colorado - 1987
Principles of Engineering for Professional License Preparation - 1986
Mechanical Drawing Course, Railway Educational Bureau - 1984
Track Foreman Course, Railway Educational Bureau - 1984
US Army Transportation Officers Advanced Course Graduate, Ft Eustis, VA - 1984
U of Nebraska Survey of Accounting - 1982
U of Nebraska Business Law - 1982
Burlington Northern Skills Building Workshop - 1982
Burlington Northern Management Skills Seminar - 1982
Burlington Northern Equal Opportunity Awareness Course - 1981
New York Air Brake Car Systems Course - 1981
Basic Welding Course - Northeastern Community College, Lincoln, NE - 1981
Burlington Northern Locomotive Engineer School & Qualification 1980 & 1983
Burlington Northern (Mechanical) Management Trainee Program (1 year) 1979 - 1980
EMD Locomotive Systems & Performance Course - 1979
Burlington Northern Managing the Human Resource - 1979
Basic Food Management Course, Ft Lee, VA - 1978
Golden Gate University, Probability and Statistics - 1977
Golden Gate University, Management Science II - 1977
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological School, Ft Ord, CA - 1976
Ranger School Graduate, Fort Benning, GA - 1975
Infantry Officer Basic Course Graduate, Fort Benning, GA - 1974
Airborne School (Para Trooper) Graduate, Fort Benning, GA - 1972
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
Member, Air Brake Association 2000 - 2007
Member, International Association of Railway Operating Officers 2004 - 2007
Member, The National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators 2006
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Presentations:

"Mountain Grade Braking – the NTSB Experience” Annual Proceedings of Railway Fuel and Operating Officers Association, Chicago, IL, 2004.

“The derailment of a CSX Coal Train at Bloomington, Maryland” presentation to the Pittsburg Air Brake Club,
April 18, 2002

“NTSB Investigation Seminar” presentation to the annual meeting of the Association of Railway Museums (ARM), Riverside, CA, November 1998

“NTSB Investigations Involving Historical Equipment” presentation to the annual meeting of the Tourist Railway Association Inc. (TRAIN), Seattle, WA October 1996

“How NTSB Investigations Work” presentation to the annual meeting of the American Association of Private Railway Car Owners (AAPRCO), Birmingham, AL November 1994
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Seventeen (17).
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Track maintenance and repair, Motive power and rolling equipment maintenance and repair, Operations and dispatching, Train handling and control, Wayside signals, People movers, Rail transit accidents and collisions, Remote control locomotive (RCL) operations and accidents, Clearance and safety issues, Intermodal train derailments, Freight car weights, Train braking and dynamics, Track/train dynamics, Equipment conspicuity and reflectivity, Human reaction time, Ergonomics, Federal rail regulations and rail industry standards, and System safety
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Six (6)
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: April 17, 2012
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Twice (2)
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Three (3)
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Four (4)
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, on site inspection, testing oversight, report writing, analysis, research.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $200 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $200 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $300 per hour with a minimum of 3 hours
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $300 per hour with a minimum of 3 hours
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel time is $100 per hour plus expenses.


References upon request.