Project, Equipment, and Business Finance

As one of the only North American advisory firms specializing in rail projects, rail equipment, and rail business finance, we know the industry. You don’t need to educate us or enroll us in its stability and opportunity. Strategic Rail Finance is backed by seven of the largest banks in North America, bringing you lenders that have an appetite for financing rail-related businesses. In addition to excellent rates and structures in debt finance, our unique identity advising rail-related companies has attracted a large network of equity investors for rail transportation, real estate, manufacturing, and natural resource development projects.

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Rail Industry Intelligence

At the heart of Strategic Rail Finance’s Rail Industry Intelligence consulting is the vast amount of industry and government relationships and knowledge represented by its massive contact database built over the course of advising clients since 1994. When taking on our clients’ unique challenges we have access to this extensive network of relationships for quickly gaining comprehensive insights that inform our innovative, well-grounded solutions. SRF provides seasoned executive-level consulting for business and government leaders working on significant opportunities and/or challenges.

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Public-sector Consulting

Port authorities, rail authorities, economic development agencies, and other governing and legislative entities value Strategic Rail Finance’s extensive rail-industry knowledge and financial expertise. Our principals are particularly respected at all levels of government for their in-depth understanding of the economics and financing of all phases of rail operations. This combination of competencies, along with a wide network of relationships delivers a high return on investment from limited public sector dollars.

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No two business situations are the same, so the SRF process is designed to invent unique solutions for breakthrough results.

Sighting near-term urgencies along with long-term possibilities 

Setting the fiercest course of action within a timeline for success

Shining the fullest light on all strengths, challenges, and solutions

Collaborating to leverage our client’s assets, expertise, and resources

Building approaches that maximize the benefits of each unique opportunity

Creating breakthrough results beyond our clients’ expectations


In the 19th century, rail development was the reason European capital flowed into North America. Rail-related businesses and projects are still too important to ever be short of capital.Michael SussmanPresident, Strategic Rail Finance