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User profile: gblatham

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Location: Dallas, Texas

Biography: Garl Boyd Latham is a career Railroader, with over 40 years of professional experience in both freight and passenger operations.

Garl is the owner of Latham Railway Services, a Texas-based planning and consulting firm. Recent work has included the design of intermodal freight terminals, the evaluation and testing of Maintenance-of-Way construction materials, and a comprehensive study of potential intercity passenger train routes throughout Texas and the southwestern United States.

Among notable past projects were feasibility and engineering studies for the proposed Dallas, Southeastern and Gulf Railway and the Texas Boxcar Company (TexBox), as well as the design and development of various model and toy trains.

His background includes 10 years with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and 5 years at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, where he received the "Golden Star" - DART's highest-level employee award.

Garl has served on the boards of many professional and advocacy organizations, such as the National Association of Railroad Passengers, the Southwest Railroad Historical Society and MobilityDallas. In the course of his career, he has made numerous radio, television and personal appearances throughout North America.

A respected railroad historian, Garl has written many articles on Post-World War II-era passenger train services, while assisting countless others in their quest for accurate and entertaining information regarding railroading's colourful past. He is considered one of the foremost authorities on classic Santa Fe Railway passenger operations - especially their famed flagship train, the 'Super Chief'.

To date, he has traveled more than 350,000 miles by train.

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