About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Railroad Partners, Inc. is:

l) to use volunteer labor and privately owned maintenance equipment to preserve historic rail corridors in partnership with communities, railroads, local governments and other entities and individuals;

2) to acquaint the public with the geography, local history and cultural landmarks of such corridors;

3) to support efforts to educate the public regarding safety within rail corridors;

4) to build community support for the preservation of out-of-service or soon to be out-of-service rail corridors; and

5) to promote safe maintenance and other activities within historic rail corridors through training and mutual cooperation with rail-related groups.

RPI Leadership

Leland Stewart, President

 Leland Stewart is Senior Manager of Quality Systems for Mueller & Wilson, Inc., in San Antonio. In that capacity, he manages quality assurance inspection, auditing, and administration; coordinates employee training and safety activities; and implements actions to comply with environmental regulatory requirements. He has served as Quality Assurance Manager of an AAR-certified railroad facility (MK Rail Corporation of Boise, Idaho). He is General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR)-tested and has a North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA) Excursion Coordinator certification. He recently completed a 30 hr OSHA Construction Safety and Health course. Mr. Stewart is the immediate past President of the Texas Rail Tourism Alliance (TRTA), from which he stepped down in November 2008 to become President and a Director of Railroad Partners, Inc. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard and attended San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas. 

John Pattison, Vice President

 John Pattison has been employed by The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) since January 1999 as a Passenger Locomotive Engineer, based out of San Antonio, Texas. Prior to joining Amtrak he began his railroad career with the Railtex Companies as a Locomotive Engineer in 1987. With Railtex Mr. Pattison became a Designated Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers under the FRA Locomotive Engineer licensing part 240 in 1991, serving in that capacity until joining Amtrak. In addition he was on the Railtex "Go Team" that would travel to any location and assist with new property start up and training of permanent transportation staff. For two years he served as Superintendent of Operations at the Dallas Garland Northeastern Railroad from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Pattison was a certified Operation Lifesaver presenter from 1990 thru 1996 in California and South Carolina, giving numerous presentations as well as staging two separate rail crossing demonstration accidents for OL and local first response training.  Mr. Pattison is a founding member and Director of Railroad Partners, Inc. 

Edward J. Michal, Treasurer

Edward J. Michal is an Enrolled Agent, having passed a rigorous Internal Revenue Service examination to demonstrate his capability to effectively represent taxpayers before the IRS. He is the owner of Delta Tax Service, a business he founded in 2003 in Dripping Springs, Texas, where he also resides. Mr. Michal is one of the founders of Railroad Partners, Inc., and currently serves as Treasurer.  He speaks Spanish fluently, having served in Latin America several times during his prior 28-year career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.  Mr. Michal holds a B.A. from the Univ. of Colorado and an M.A. from the Univ. of Hawaii. He is a citizen trustee of the North Hays County Firefighters Pension Board and is Treasurer and a Director of the Silverado Estates Property Owners Association, Inc.  He resides in Dripping Springs, TX. 

Myron Malone, Secretary

Myron Malone is a Senior Service Specialist in the building automation and air conditioning control industry. TAC has employed him for over ten years installing, servicing and maintaining energy management systems for industrial and commercial office buildings. He is a Certified Energy Manager as designated by the Association of Energy Engineers and has been in the energy management field for 15 years. Mr. Malone is a founding member of Railroad Partners, Inc. and is currently serving as a Director and as Secretary for the organization. For over 28 years Mr. Malone has studied the history of railroads and documented the changing railroad scene through photography. Through ownership of the web site www.txrrhistory.com  Mr. Malone shares his historical knowledge of interlocked railroad crossings in the state of Texas. In recent years he has joined the North American Rail Car Operators Association and participates in railroad motorcar excursions with one operational motorcar while he restores two additional motorcars. 

Frank Glatzl

Mr. Glatzl is an international man of mystery and will remain as such until he writes a bio for this space.