Mr. Coran was born and raised in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Katz School of Management, University of Pittsburgh. He has been a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois since 1976.
Mr. Coran has worked in the railroad and railroad supply industry exclusively since 1966. He has worked for the New York Central, Illinois Central and Alaska railroads, having been Chief Mechanical Engineer of the latter for 21 years. He was Chief Mechanical Officer of Trinity Railway Express from 2004 to 2007. He has also held positions with Westinghouse Electric’s Transportation Equipment Division and the passenger division of Pullman-Standard, where he was Manager of Manufacturing Engineering.
Since the beginning of 2008, Mr. Coran has been Director of Operations at Talgo, Inc., the Seattle based subsidiary of Patentes Talgo, SL, of Spain. For over ten years Talgo, Inc has maintained under contract the five Talgo train sets currently in service on the Amtrak Cascades in the Pacific Northwest. It also promotes US manufacturing, sales and maintenance of new passenger equipment, the core business of Patentes Talgo in Spain since 1942. In connection with that activity, Mr. Coran is heavily involved in the design of the next generation of Talgo equipment, the Series 8, which is currently being designed for the North American market.