Cell: (815) 236-2998 - Email: Editor@therailmart.com
The Rail Mart was started back
in 1986 and incorporated in as an independent classified paper
for the rail industry to allow shippers
to utilize their fleet to the fullest by communicating with other shippers, their rolling stock needs and surpluses.
The Rail Mart is always adapting and changes to serve it's customers needs.
The one constant is the never ending process of maintaining a good and current database for the publication as
well as keeping the cost down to its advertisers. In doing so it has become the number one source for equipment
listings that are real. Because the advertisers are required to pay for listings the listings they do put in are for
equipment, parts and services that are actually available or just checking the market.
The Rail Mart added to website in 2000. It is now on the first page of all major search engines for several keywords.
It is maintained daily and the current digital edition is always available on it as well as additional free features.
On the website wanted ads are free, this includes equipment wanted, employment wanted and available as well as
other wanted categories.
In 2009 The Rail Mart added
a free shop directory. This is always available to the customers
so that when there's
a need to have a railcar serviced the list is there. The directory is done by state and shop name in alphabetical order.
Starting in March 2011 The
Rail Mart began publishing a digital edition with active links
& email. This state of the art
edition has been well received. It started with 350 subscribers and in less than nine months has grown to over
1800 subscribers. The cost of advertising in The Rail Mart has not changed it remains the same in 2012 as an 2011.
In November 2011 The Rail Mart
started a scrap directory. This list includes scrapping companies
from around the
country. It too is organized by state in alphabetical order.
2012 The Rail Mart print edition is in full color, yet the pricing remains the same.
Still there are more plans
for The Rail Mart in 2012. The next project will be a locomotive
This too will be a free directory available for all customers for when they need to shop and compare their
locomotive service needs.
2013 The Rail Mart, Inc. The Rail Mart has incorporated and is now The Rail Mart, Inc.
Editor & Founder
Conrad has been
involved in the rail industry for over 30 years now
and has a vast array of experience in the rail industry. His career started with a Union Oil
where he managed a fleet of leased and owned tank cars. He moved from Union Oil to a
railcar leasing company as their operations Manager to set up original systems to manage
their fleet owned and brokered railcars. From there He went on to start "The Rail Mart" in 1986
and at the same time purchased and managed a small fleet consisting of box cars and covered hoppers.
The Rail Mart, Inc. is now offering the many years experience in managing railcars to companies who need these services.
During his career he has done consulting for short line railroads, bank & financial institutions
as well as leasing companies doing everything from residual evaluations to fleet planning and
marketing. Conrad is always in close contact with companies and customers in the industry.
Constantly learning more about the industry with an ever expanding knowledge of the different
segments from used parts to railcar scrapping as well as switch engines and locomotives.