David C. Lester is a transportation writer, historian and photographer, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. David is interested in all aspects of railroading, and has been following the industry since he was a teenager. David graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1980 with a degree in Economics, after attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from 1976-1979 as a Transportation major. David has enjoyed successful careers in health care information technology consulting, and retail management and administration. David is a professional writer, and follows and writes about the railroad industry. He is a Correspondent for Trains magazine, focusing on print articles and web content. He also writes for Railroad History, the flagship journal of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, and serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal. In addition, he writes for Railroad Heritage, the quarterly journal of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, an organization devoted to promotion and appreciation of railroad art and photography as key elements in the fine art community. David is a past Director of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, and served as Vice Chairman of the Society’s Railroad History Awards Committee for four years, and as a member of the committee for nine years. He is also past editor of the Society’s Quarterly newsletter. In addition to writing for periodicals, David also contributed eighteen entries to the Encyclopedia of North American Railroads, edited by William D. Middleton, Roberta Diehl, and George Smerk, which was published by Indiana University Press in 2007. David also served as a co-author of the book The Classic Eastern American Railroad Routes (Chartwell Books, 2011), contributing six chapters.
David is a member of the Transportation Research Board, the Transportation Research Forum, the Lexington Group in Transportation History, the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, and the Southern Railway Historical Association.