Meet the Staff


Jim Wrinn

Jim Wrinn has been editor of Trains since Oct. 27, 2004. A native of Franklin, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and political science. He worked at newspapers in Durham, Gastonia, and Fayetteville before joining The Charlotte Observer in 1986. He was a staff writer and editor, and worked for every section of the newspaper he could -- whether it be general news, business, religion, sports, and even the humor column. 

Jim grew up watching the Southern Railway in his father's hometown, Westminster, S.C., and in Asheville, N.C., and riding the nearby Shay-powered Graham County Railroad at Robbinsville. He began reading Trains at age 6 in 1967 and had a subscription the following spring. The gift of a 35mm camera in 1977 started him taking black and white negatives and color slides. He has been an editor or writer at various times for "Rails South," a regional publication; Norfolk Southern's "Focus" magazine; the Piedmont Carolinas Chapter, National Railway Historical Society's "Flyer" newsletter; Southern Railway Historical Association's "Green Light" and later "Ties;" and N.C. Transportation Museum's "Shop Talk." Solely or in collaboration, he has written books about the Aberdeen & Rockfish short line, "The Road of Personal Service," 1992; "Spencer Shops, 1896-1996," 1996; "Pictorial History of North American Railroading," also 1996; and the Southern Railway and later Norfolk Southern steam program in "Steam's Camelot," 2001. He is preparing a book on the Graham County now. 

Jim is a lifelong steam fan, and he is a qualified locomotive engineer at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. When not enjoying railroading, he enjoys hiking or bicycling, music, visiting National Parks, and sampling the vintage from wineries.

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Kevin P. Keefe

Kevin P. Keefe, vice president-editorial for Kalmbach Publishing Co., also serves as general manager for Trains. His association with the magazine began in 1973 when, as a student at Michigan State University, he hosted David P. Morgan at a speaking engagement. In 1974, he began a two-year stint as a promotional writer for Kalmbach and returned to the company to become associate editor of Trains in 1987. In 1992 he was named editor of Trains, a position he held until 2000, when he took on corporate responsibilities for Kalmbach.

Keefe was born in Chicago in 1951 and raised in Niles, Mich. He graduated from MSU’s School of Journalism in 1973. At college, he was a key figure in the effort to restore Pere Marquette steam locomotive 1225. He got his first job as a reporter for his hometown Niles Daily Star.
After leaving his copy-writing job at Kalmbach in 1976, he returned to newspapers, working for dailies in Michigan before returning to Milwaukee in 1980 to work for the Milwaukee Sentinel. In 1982 he became the morning paper’s entertainment editor. During this period, 1977-1983, Keefe also was editor of Passenger Train Journal, a part-time position.

Keefe has written numerous features for Trains and Classic Trains and wrote the text for “Railroad Vision: Steam Era Images from the Trains Magazine Archive” (Quantuck Lane Press, 2015). His second book, “Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive,” will be published in Spring 2016 by Michigan State University Press. Keefe is a director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and lives in Milwaukee.


Tom Danneman

Art Director Tom Danneman rejoined the Trains staff in January 2000. Tom was the assistant art director for Trains from January 1998 through August 1999 before leaving to be art director for Model Railroader.

Tom is responsible for the look of Trains. This includes designing the cover and feature articles, working with the editors to find the best way to present information, and giving direction to the illustrators as they produce those colorful and complex maps and other illustrations. In addition to Trains and Model Railroader, Tom also serves as art director for Classic Trains.

Tom enjoys photography, hiking, biking, basketball and volleyball. He especially enjoys spending his free time in Montana photographing his two favorite railroads, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (and predecessor Burlington Northern) and Montana Rail Link. He lives in Sussex with his wife, Christy, and daughter, Grace, not too far from the UP Adams sub and CN Waukesha sub crossing.

Angela Pusztai-Pasternak

Angela Pusztai-Pasternak joined the TRAINS staff in January 2003 after a year and a half working in Kalmbach's Ad Services department on Trains, Classic Trains, and FineScale Modeler. She's worked as editorial assistant, editorial associate, assistant editor, and associate editor. Angela ensures every magazine story and department meets production deadlines and adheres to proper grammar and style. She also edits feature stories, "In My Own Words," and columnist Fred W. Frailey. In 2010 and 2011, she edited Trains4Kids, special issues geared toward children about railroads, model railroads, and toy trains.
Before joining Kalmbach, Angela received her Bachelor of Arts in January 2001 from Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., majoring in art and journalism. While a student, she worked as a graphics and publications designer for the university's marketing and communications department. She also wrote feature articles for the university's magazine and newspaper.

Angela enjoys spotting trains in popular culture, reading, going to concerts, Netflix, cooking, and good humor. Though a Wisconsin native, she has also lived in Jackson, Mich., near the former New York Central Air Line, and Joliet, Ill., with the ex-Elgin, Joliet & Eastern in her backyard. She lives in Oconomowoc (near the Canadian Pacific Railway) with her husband, Joe; daughter, Luella; son, Elliot; and their two cats, Lady Pixie Dust and Sir Stanley.

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David Lassen

David Lassen joined the Trains staff as an associate editor in July 2014 after more than 30 years as a sportswriter in Southern California.

A graduate of the University of Denver, he edits the Passenger and Don Phillips columns. His interest in trains began as a child in Fillmore, Calif., where he and his brother – now a railroad dispatcher – would often bicycle to watch the nightly Southern Pacific local switch area citrus packing plants. His love of passenger trains was fueled by extensive travel on a 30-day Amtrak rail pass while still in high school.

 He came to Trains after four years at the Riverside Press-Enterprise, where his duties included stints as beat writer for the Dodgers, Lakers and Clippers. Before that, he spent 25 years at the Ventura County Star, the last 10 as a columnist, which gave him the opportunity to cover a World Series, two Stanley Cup Finals, three NCAA Final Fours and six NBA Finals. While in Ventura, he also covered the Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Turin and Beijing Olympics for Scripps Howard News Service.
The Sydney Olympics made possible his favorite railfan experience, a trip across Australia on the Indian Pacific.

David lives in Waukesha, Wis. A baseball fan, he also is interested in photography, music and travel. He particularly enjoys Italy, having made three trips there.

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Steve Sweeney

Steve Sweeney joined the TRAINS staff April 8, 2013, and has contributed to the magazine's Technology column since 2011.

Born in Erie, Pa., and raised in Jamestown, N.Y., Steve relishes summer steam excursions from childhood on the Arcade & Attica Railroad near Buffalo, N.Y., and taking hikes with his father along abandoned portions of the Erie's ex-main line through southwestern New York State.

Steve graduated with honors from SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, N.Y., and Jamestown Community College before reporting for The Post-Journal in Jamestown, N.Y., where he wrote for and copy edited in every section (even sports). Steve later reported for the Erie (Pa.) Times-News as part of that paper's Law & Order breaking news team. After seven years in print journalism, Steve earned an MBA degree from Erie's Gannon University and wrote professionally for a healthcare consulting firm and a third-party logistics provider before signing on at TRAINS.

A resident of Menomonee Falls, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their four children. Together, they enjoy gardening, assembling Lego kits, biking, barbecue, and watching Shark Week.

Steve edits Technology, Ask Trains, and TRAINS website content.

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Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt joined the Trains staff as assistant editor in June 2012, after graduating from Lourdes University with a degree in English literature. He handles the daily "News Wire" on and the magazine's main news section.

Brian became a railfan early in life with an HO scale train set. He grew up with the Alcos of Indiana Hi-Rail in northwest Ohio and later grew to prefer the main line action of CSX, which is sorely missed in Wisconsin. Today he models the Milwaukee Road in N scale.

He resides in Waukesha, just a few blocks from the Canadian National main line. When not writing about trains at work, Brian enjoys train-watching, photography, cooking, amateur radio, studying Japanese culture, reading classic literature, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers, which he has been a fan of long before moving to Wisconsin.


Scott Krall

Scott Krall joined the Trains staff as a graphic designer in March 2007. Prior to this, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh graduate worked in the publishing and printing industries for nearly 10 years.

Scott's interest in trains began at an early age; when annual family vacations took him to Pembine, Wisc., a small community where Canadian National's ex-Soo Line and Escanaba & Lake Superior railroads intersect. This interest continues today, when he takes short Amtrak trips with family and friends to Illinois and Indiana.

Scott lives in Waukesha, Wis., with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Madaline, and son, Charlie. He enjoys golfing, gardening, and other outdoor activities when the temperamental Wisconsin weather permits. When forced inside, he loves reading about the World War II era and watching movies with his family.

Drew Halverson

Drew Halverson joined the Trains staff as a graphic designer in July 2007, after graduating from Marquette University with a degree in Advertising and Criminology. He works primarily on Trains, Model Railroader and Classic Trains magazines.

Drew's love for trains dates back to childhood, when he remembers watching Wisconsin Central freight trains roll across the countryside. Growing up in Milwaukee, he's very familiar with the local train scene and enjoys kicking back trackside during his free time. Drew is also an avid N scale modeler who enjoys modeling the Florida East Coast Railway.

When not at work, Drew is involved with his other passion, auto racing. Designing Web sites for IndyCar driver, Oriol Servia, and IndyCar team, KV Racing Technology, has allowed him to travel across the country and meet people from around the world. Also a Denver Broncos fan, Drew is eagerly anticipating the upcoming football season.

Mike Yuhas

Mike Yuhas's fascination with railroading began as a child growing up on Long Island, where his dad would take him to the end of the street to watch the evening rush hour parade of homeward-bound commuter trains.

Mike started reading Trains in 1972, and has been with Kalmbach Publishing Co. (and in the state of Wisconsin) since May 1989. An active photographer and railroad enthusiast, his pictures have graced the pages of many issues of Trains. His website,, showcases his work. Mike founded "Trackside with TRAINS" and is a frequent contributor.  He's also involved in amateur radio (his call is AB9ON).

Mike, wife Janet, and four children reside within earshot of Union Pacific's Shoreline Subdivision and Canadian National's Saukville Subdivision. He generally despises writing about himself in the third person.

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Todd Schwartz

Todd joined Kalmbach in 2006 and has worked on Trains magazine since 2013. Since joining Kalmbach, Todd has worked on FineScale Modeler, Scale Auto, Classic Toy Trains, Garden Railways, and Model Retailer magazines. Todd’s interests include: watching his two sons and daughter play football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse and spending quality time with his wife and their rescue dog, Shandy.

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