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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of one of our beloved Inter-Rail family members, Shawn Emanuel. On Friday, April 10, Shawn passed away at the age of 49.  He began his career at the age of 18 as an Unloader with Inter-Rail, and over the years became a familiar face within the industry. Inter-Rail was fortunate to have Shawn rejoin the company in 2012 as a Training and Resource Manager, and since then he held the positions of General Manager, Sr. General Manager, and most recently Vice President of Operations.

Shawn was a valuable member of our team, and undeniably one of the most beloved associates at Inter-Rail. We would not be the company we are today without him. His knowledge of the field, his unique leadership style, and his ability to interface with customers was invaluable.  Shawn was an advocate, mentor, and most importantly a friend, to all at Inter-Rail, and many others in our industry. Anyone could lean on him for advice, and he could always be relied on for a good laugh.

While our Inter-Rail family will miss him terribly, we know Shawn would want us to continue with business as usual. A famous quote of his was, “I assure you, with or without me, they are going to unload railcars tomorrow.” With that, we are committed to living out his legacy by continuing to provide quality service to our customers and making Inter-Rail the best in the industry, all while remembering to have a little fun in the process.

Shawn was a loving father and is survived by his daughter, Lindsey, son, Wyatt, and step-son Alec, his two granddaughters, Mila and Evie, and his sweet pup, Laila. We ask that you please keep his family and many friends in your thoughts and prayers. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. View Full Article Here.