To provide quality railway engineering and management services to assist railways to achieve world best practice and to assist railway suppliers to deliver the products and services that will support thriving railways of the future.
Railway maintenance management processes and organization
World best practice in track maintenance and capital planning
Wheel and rail interface management
New railway product business cases
Track maintenance costing
Railway risk assessments
Running heavier, longer, faster trains
Railway engineering education
Operations and maintenance benchmarking
Leverage technology and better business processes to improve Key Performance Indicators.
Build and maintain low stress track with low life cycle costs.
Engage and educate young staff and experienced rail maintenance practitioners.
World Best Practices
Raise the bar on track maintenance practice to best in class.
Michael D. Roney, P. Eng. IntPE
Michael Roney, P. Eng. IntPE is an international consultant in railway engineering and management through his company, Iron Moustache, and has recently completed projects in Australia, China, India, South Africa, Scandinavia and USA. He retired in 2013 as General Manager, Track and Structures and Chief Engineer with Canadian Pacific, where he was responsible for track and structures standards, rail maintenance, bridge design, geotechnical groups and track inspection processes.
He had a 32 year career with Canadian Pacific, in engineering, materials and systems management and maintenance-of-way. He has also worked with the National Research Council of Canada as General Manager of their Rail Division, with BHP’s Melbourne Research Labs and with Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, where he has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He is past Chairman of the International Heavy Haul Association and past Chairman of CPCS Transcom Limited.
Mr. Roney is a past president and life member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and is on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Editorial Board for the Journal of Rail and Rail Rapid Transit.
In 2019, Michael Roney was inducted into the IHHHA’s International Heavy Haul of Fame for “lifetime vision and dedication to the Advancement of Heavy Haul Railroad Technology, Engineering and Operations”
Michael RoneyFounder, P.Eng.
A Long History on theRAILWAY
Iron Moustache holds a 32 year career with Canadian Pacific, in engineering, materials and systems management and maintenance-of-way.
To provide quality railway engineering and management services to assist railways to achieve world best practice and to assist railway suppliers to deliver the products and services that will support them to be thriving railways of the future.
Iron Moustache partners with the following organizations to provide the full services needed to meet customer requirements. This synergistic partnering expands the capability of Iron Moustache to consult on issues with elements of engineering design, bridges and structures, railway mechanical standards and maintenance, technology integration, track inspection, track maintenance best practice and rail infrastructure development.
Advanced Rail Management
National Research Council of Canada
Transportation Technology Center Inc.
Sroba Rail Services
Roney Engineering Ltd.
Laing Railway Consulting Ltd.
Nigel Peters Professional Services Ltd.
David E. Staplin, PE
Vehicle Dynamics Group LLC
RailTEC,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign