Railroad Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering

Railroad Litigation

Accident Reconstruction

Product Liability






Railroad & Metallurgical Engineering Inc.


Railroad & Metallurgical Engineering, Inc. (RME) is an engineering consulting firm dedicated to serving the transportation and vehicle industries, more specifically, the railroad community.

RME’s consulting practice and expertise focuses on:

Accident Reconstruction

Primarily railroad derailment & railroad crossing accident
reconstruction. Tom is an ACTAR certified (ACTAR #1517) accident reconstructionist. qualified in transportation and vehicle industries (train, yard, railroad shop accidents as well as some automobile/truck cases)

Metallurgical Engineering / Failure Analysis

Complete investigation of component failures and determine root cause. Metallurgical process engineering for forge shops, foundries, diesel engine component suppliers, and other material-intensive industries

Railroad Litigation / Product Liability

Engineering consulting in a wide variety of railroad
litigation and product liability cases dealing primarily with locomotive or equipment failures for
both plaintiff and defense.

Railroad Engineering / New Product Development

New product development consulting for the transportation and vehicle industries.

In providing consulting and design expertise to clients, RME delivers technical excellence, objectivity and in over 40 years of railroad engineering experience and consulting.

Expert Engineer & President

Thomas E. Johnson, P.E.

Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed professional engineer. In addition, he is a certified accident reconstructionist (ACTAR # 1517).

In 1997, Tom Johnson founded the engineering consulting practice of Railroad & Metallurgical Engineering, Inc. He has nearly 50 years of engineering experience as an expert witness, metallurgical engineer and engineering department manager in the following industries: 40 years in railroad, 3 years in trucking, 3 years in automotive engineering, and 5 years in steel making.

Mr. Johnson is a member and leader in numerous professional technical societies & associations. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate level classes, Tom also makes presentations at professional engineering conferences.