The selection committee for the Railroad Person of the Year met last week and selected Neil Randall, retired engineer, from the GTW/CN Railroads, as this year’s nominee.
Randall completed 40 years of service working as a clerk, yardman, and finished his career in engine service. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972, held the position of Secretary/Treasurer for union for 2 years. He also is an office holder for the AmVets and Lionness Club. Randall belongs to the Eagles and volunteers at the Depot. Additionally, he has coached JV Girls Basketball and has been an Assistant Varsity Coach. He also comes from a strong family background of railroaders.
At Durand Union Station, Friday evening, May 13th, there will be an Honoring Ceremony for Randall. On May 14th, Neil Randall will ride in the Railroad Days Parade. Later that same day, there will be a reception in the Ballroom of the Union Station for the family and friends of the honoree.
The tradition of Railroad Person of the Year began in 1977 with Glenn Wille receiving the first award. Each year since, a man or woman who has been in railroad employment has been honored. Last year’s honoree was Richard Craven, a retired locomotive engineer from Grand Trunk/CN Railroad.