Scotty Lee Garrett on a Unit at the East Run-Thru facilty
My story is pure UP. I remember when I was 10 years old, my grandfather worked for 42 years as a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. We lived in Southern California, and Odell Bryant Castles ran the L.A. to Indio run. It was a Local run. I remember holding his pocket watch, and one day, he even took me to the old round house in Los Angeles, Calif., before they tore it down.
Twenty years had passed and I found myself living in North Platte, Neb. God had blessed me with a young daughter and a beautiful wife. I had a job selling potato chips to all the stores. I applied for a job as brakeman, and Bob Coleman hired me, November 5, 1990. In 1992, I was promoted to Conductor and ran coal trains up toward the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. In 1995, Tom Jacobi hired me as a Yardmaster, and now for 23 years I have been Building America.
I love my job and the people I work with. Those same coal trains I used to ride, I now process through the largest rail yard in the world! Bailey Yard is where I help run more than 100 trains a day. This is the best job I have ever had, especially in these times I’m very grateful.
Scotty Lee Garrett
Yardmaster 23 years service
North Platte Bailey Yard