Roger Nelson

Senior Consultant


Roger is a career freight railroad executive with over 50 years of experience in Class I, short line, and regional railroad management and ownership. Prior to joining PLG, Roger was the founder and managing partner of North American RailNet, Inc. (NAR), a privately owned short line railroad holding company with six railroads operating in ten U.S. states and the Province of Alberta, Canada.

Roger spent over 25 years with Burlington Northern Railroad and BNSF Railway, where he held various management and executive management positions in operations, engineering, marketing, and safety. He provided executive management of Burlington Northern’s largest operating division with $500 million annual operating budget, $100 million in capital expenditures, and annual revenues of $2 billion.


  • President & CEO, North American RailNet, Inc.
  • BNSF Railway
    – Executive Management
    – Vice President, Safety
    – Region Vice President, Operations