Russell lives in Carrollton, Georgia, which is on the former CofGa C-Line. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from the University of West Georgia and is employed at a major commercial door manufacturer in Purchasing.
Russell serves as organist at Millers Academy Christian Church and is a member of the Carroll County Historical Society and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.
Russell has been a member of the Society since 1999 and has served as vice president since 2002. He attends many train shows in the Atlanta area on behalf of the Society and manages the online store and mail order sales.