Integrated Railmotive Systems Inc.

Excellence in Engineering

About Us—“New Ways for Old Jobs”

In 1994, Company President, Tom Engle established Integrated Railmotive Systems Inc. to provide railroads and their suppliers a source of innovation through engineering designs and prototypes usually reserved for multiple specialists like Coupler, brake, wheel, running gear, steel fabrication, and electronics experts.  Each of these experts worked for separate organizations.  Engle saw this integrated approach used on the original Roadrailer equipment by the C&O railroad in the fifties and found it necessary in the design of the Iron Highway integral train which he completed for the New York Air Brake Company forty years later.  Railmotive was formed to apply this integrated approach to the production of any new device or to find a new way to do an old job.
Engle’s own experiences began with graduation from the Henry Ford Trade School.  He continued working as a machinist in the automotive industry while attending college at Wayne State.  After graduating with a BSME, he went to work at a series of railroad jobs as chainman on a surveying team for the Rock Island RR and later as a lab technician in the Rock Island’s Test Lab. There he developed a journal bearing lubrication test machine and assisted on the railroad’s rail flaw detection car.  He also took part in a cross-country locomotive fuel consumption test and observed the handling of freight and passenger trains, including some with electro-pneumatic brakes.
After college, Engle went to work with the New York Central RR, first in the Mechanical and then in the Research Department as a project engineer.  His mechanical department experience taught him the operation of both the AB type freight and D-22 type passenger brakes.  At the research Department, he worked on Flexi-Van operation,  ride quality, and derailment analysis.  The opportunity to join the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway  Research Department which was then developing the Roadrailer concept allowed him to work on that development and to  develop a self-powered car retarder and an automatic riveting machine for building Roadrailer trailers.  He also designed and led the development (including preliminary testing) of a single wire Electro-Pneumatic Brake system for use on freight trains. When the Railway closed the research Department he transferred to the Raceland Car Shop where, as Industrial Engineer, he developed a number of machines and devices to aid in the automation of that shop.  He also worked with the Air Brake Engineer to help lay out a new Air Brake Shop.
In 1966, Engle went to work for the New York Air Brake Company as Senior Project Engineer and stayed in their employ until 1994. During this 28-year career he rose to the rank of general manager and developed numerous air brake systems and devices.  He was awarded over 75 patents including several on ECP systems and subsystems as well as new freight and passenger car truck designs, the Iron Highway Integral train, and its subsystems.