The Blanchard Company
2041 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146-1338
Phone 215 985-1110 Fax 215 985-1446
Roy Blanchard founded The Blanchard Company in 1989 to provide general management, marketing, and strategic planning support for short line railroads. A happy extension of this work is a growing book of assistance to rail transportation users on commercial and technical matters from rate negotiation and sidetrack construction to demurrage management and supply chain support.
Blanchard publishes The Railroad Week in Review, an electronic compendium of railroad industry news analysis and comment. He is also a Railway Age Contributing Editor and for 15 years wrote a semimonthly column on industry best practices. Blanchard also contributes regular feature-length articles. All Railway Age articles as well as a complete collection of weekly letters are available at www.rblanchard.com . Blanchard also appears quarterly in TRAINS magazine as a columnist and a regular feature writer on short line railroads.
Blanchard enjoys long-standing personal relationships with and relatively easy access to the senior management teams of the North American Class I railroads. With a behind-the-scenes understanding of Class I commercial, operating, and financial goals Blanchard has been particularly effective in creating strategic partnerships between his short line clients and their Class I connections. In addition, Blanchard has been instrumental in turnarounds and acquisitions. These projects are examples of how the tools described in the resources section of this website help clients achieve the results they desire.
Blanchard's corporate clients include Dietrich Industries, Distribution Services of America, General Motors, Hartz Mountain, NUI Environmental, Sun Oil, Tosco Refining, York Paper Co. and the City of Philadelphia. The railroad client list includes Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Norfolk Southern, North Shore Railroad Group, Watco Companies, Wheeling & Lake Erie, RailAmerica, Morristown & Erie Railway, Gulf & Ohio Railway Group, the Indiana & Ohio, and about a dozen more shortlines and regional railroads as well as the FRA.
A graduate of the College of William Mary, Blanchard lives and works in Philadelphia with his wife Laura. She is Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collection Libraries, does web development work for the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia and does volunteer work with several area non-profit organizations. Samples of her work may be seen at http://www.rblanchard.com/personal/lblanchard.html .