PITTSBURG, Kan. — After spending 40 years in the rail industry, Watco Cos.' Senior Vice President and Chief Mechanical Officer Larry Jensen has retired. Jensen started his railroad career on the Union Pacific in North Platte, Neb., where he serviced locomotives and rail equipment in UP’s Bailey Yard.
Later in his career at UP, he would serve as an electrician and lineman for the railroad’s communications department.
In 1986, he left the Class I railroad to start a career at Kyle Railways, a Kansas-based short line railroad. He would later work for the Kiamichi Railroad where he served as the railroad's chief mechanical officer and director of locomotives for States Rail. He joined Watco in 2007.
In Watco’s milestones blog for employee accomplishments, Jensen says it difficult to walk away from the rail industry, adding that the internal workings of his department at Watco is something he will miss the most in retirement.
During his time at Watco, Jensen helped the company build a maintenance program that monitors assets using the latest digital technology.