Southern Pacific Railroad History Center

Rollin Bredenberg

Director

Rollin is an experienced railroad executive with extensive experience and subject matter knowledge of railroad operations, including service design, line operations, and capacity planning.  He joined the Southern Pacific as a General Clerk in 1964 and held positions as a trainman, Assistant Trainmaster, Manager of Intermodal Hub Operations, Terminal Superintendent, Division Superintendent, and Assistant General Manager before being named General Manager in 1982.  As General Manager, Rollin was responsible for line operations alternately on the eastern and western regions of the Southern Pacific.  In 1991, he was promoted to the Vice President of Southern Pacific’s Mexico Business Unit, responsible for commercial and operating activities of the Southern Pacific in Mexico.

 

Between 1994 and 2016, Rollin was in executive management for the ATSF and BNSF Railways, retiring as Vice President of Capacity Planning and Operations Research for BNSF.  Rollin is currently an independent consultant in railroad operations, scheduling and capacity planning.

 

Rollin holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and completed the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School.