About the Editors


RT&S is edited by full-time, professional journalists who understand engineering and maintenance-of-way. Their coverage of the market is so timely and so valuable that our readers report they read RT&S not just because it is good reading, but because it is must reading.

David Lester

David Lester, Editor-In-Chief

David C. Lester has been writing about the railroad industry for more than 25 years. He studied transportation and logistics at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgia State University in Atlanta. David completed a career in health care information technology and consulting in 2012 and has focused on railroading full-time since then. He has written for Trains, Railfan & Railroad and other rail publications, and has contributed to two books. He served as Managing Editor of Railway Track & Structures from 2019-2022. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board and the Lexington Group in Transportation History. He specializes in technology and economic issues.

Kyra Senese, Managing Editor

Kyra Senese is a Chicago-based reporter and editor who has covered local and national news as well as a variety of business sectors. At Columbia College Chicago, she studied magazine writing and was the editor of her college newspaper. She also graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism with a master’s degree in investigative reporting. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Public Media/WBEZ, and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, among others.