President H. Weldon McGee was among only a few
railroad chief executives who could operate a locomotive. He passed his tests in 1976, a few years before he
is McGee at the controls of an RS-27. It is from the Green Bay
Press-Gazette. Notice the tri-level cars ahead on the
track to the left, loaded with Ford Mustangs.
he passed his tests, he received a letter from General
Superintendent Knutson informing him that he has been promoted
to Locomotive Engineer!
From the collection of
H. Weldon McGee.
on being an engineer:
From a 1992 interview:
How does it feel to have a
locomotive running around with your name on the side?
"Well I like it very much. That
was my favorite locomotive, and that's the locomotive that I
completed my engineer's examination on, so they named it for
Do you feel it's important for
railroad upper management to have the skills, or at least have a
feel of what it's like to an engineer, operating trains over the
"Well, I think he should know something about some of
the operating phases. He ought to know a little bit about all of
it. He certainly ought to go into considerable detail on a lot
of the operations. I did it just because that's an interest I
had, that's all. Kind of a kid's feeling."