Reports, legal documents, and correspondence collected by Mr. Larson during his 25-year tenure with Amtrak as he served as
Manager of Station Operations, Director of Personnel, Assistant Vice President of Administrative Staff, and Assistant Vice
President of Contracts.
James Llewellyn Larson was born on March 27, 1935 in Madison, Wisconsin to Ruth (Thurber) and LeRoy Larson.
While attending high school, Mr. Larson spent many hours at the Chicago and North Western Railway Company's interlocking tower
in Madison, Wisconsin where he learned telegraphy. He went to work for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad
in 1952 as an agent, telegrapher, and tower operator.
In 1953, Mr. Larson began working for the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company as a telegrapher, then as a wire
changer. During his 20-year tenure with C&NW, he worked in the Operating Department, was a Train Dispatcher from 1957 to
1959, and then spent eight years as an Assistant Trainmaster and a Trainmaster. He was a System Rules Examiner from 1966
to 1968, an Assistant Division Superintendent from 1968 to 1969, Assistant Superintendent -Transportation from 1969 to 1972,
where he managed Operations Center in Chicago. From 1972 to 1973, he was an Assistant Division Master of Transportation
on the Twin Cities Division.
Mr. Larson was recruited by Amtrak in 1973. During his 25-year tenure with Amtrak he served as Manager of Station Operations,
Director of Personnel, Assistant Vice President of Administrative Staff, and Assistant Vice President of Contracts. During
his career with Amtrak, he He was responsible for the negotiation and administration of Amtrak's operating agreements with
the railroads over which Amtrak passenger trains operate throughout the United States and for evaluating all lines on which
Amtrak considered implementing passenger service.
In addition, he was involved with the negotiation of schedules, schedule modifications and the implementation of new routes
for Amtrak trains, including capital expenses as well as operating requirements. He also served as a liaison with Amtrak’s
Law and Government Affairs Department. Mr. Larson retired from Amtrak in 1998 as the company’s Assistant Vice President of
Operations and Planning.
Jim Larson was a member of the Lexington Group in Transportation History and he sat on the Board of Directors of the Railway
& Locomotive Historical Society. He published many articles on railroad history.
After retiring, Mr. Larson served the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners as the organization’s volunteer
Trainmaster for many years. He died on September 2, 2008 in Manassas, Virginia. He was survived by his wife, Mary (Gilliam)
who he had married on December 28, 1974 and their two daughters, Mary Llewellyn, a pilot for Delta Airlines and Martha Elizabeth
Larson, a professional photographer.
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