Josh Brennan has worked with Herzog Transit Services, Inc. for 11 years. As Materials Supervisor for the company that provides operations for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, he is an integral part of the behind-the-scenes operation of the train.
“I purchase all of the mechanical parts. I run the warehouse, shipping and receiving,” says Brennan.
In addition to handling the ordering and purchasing of everyday items like toilet paper and cleaning supplies, Brennan is in charge of making sure all of the items needed to keep the train running safe and operational are in stock. “Oil, headlights, ditch lights, brake shoes and brake pads are just some of the items I order,” he says.
“I’m also in charge of the parts that get sent out for repair, and ordering new parts for the train,” says Brennan. This involves the very detailed task of coordinating with trucking and freight companies that transport items as small as paper towels or as large as train axels. On the day of this interview, Brennan was coordinating the pick-up of a pallet of Rail Runner seat cushions to be dry cleaned.
Much of what Brennan does on a daily basis bears an impact on the safety of the Rail Runner and its passengers. “I work closely with the mechanical department to make sure everything is working how it is supposed to,” he says.
Brennan is also the Safety Representative for the Mechanical Department. “There’s a representative from each department,” he says. “I bring up any issues that Mechanical has related to safety.”
When asked what tip he would share with the public when it comes to staying safe around trains, Brennan didn’t hesitate. “Tracks. Stay off the tracks,” he said. “It’s devastating for everyone when an incident occurs.”