Railroad Person of the Year 2017


2017 Railroad Person of the Year

Railroad person of the year application can be found here

Railroad Person of the Year Guidelines and Entry Form


The 2017 RAILROAD PERSON OF THE YEAR nomination forms are now available at the Durand City Hall, Durand Union Station, and the Durand Memorial Branch of the Shiawassee District Library in Durand. The forms are also available at the website, www.durandstation.org. All nominations are due no later than March 4, 2017 for consideration by a review committee in selecting the person for this year’s award. To be nominated, a person (male or female) must be working or have worked for a railroad company from the surrounding Durand area.

The Selection Committee is made up of mostly past Railroad Persons of the Year honorees.

The RAILROAD PERSON OF THE YEAR is sponsored by Durand Union Station Inc. in conjunction with the Durand Railroad Days Festival to be held on May 18, 19, 20, 21, 2017.

At Durand Union Station, Friday evening, May 19th, there will be an Honoring Ceremony for the person selected. On May 20th, the 2017 Railroad Person of the Year will ride in the Railroad Days Parade. Later that same day, there will be a private 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 Neil Randall, a retired locomotive engineer from Grand Trunk/CN Railroad.

Please submit completed nomination forms to the Durand Union Station via email or mail to 200 Railroad Street, Durand, MI 48429. You may also submit nomination forms via email to Pat Post at ppost4@charter.net.

Submitted by Pat Post, Chair, 989-288-6577, ppost4@charter.net


Past Railroad Person of the Year

     2016 Neil Randall
     2015 Richard Dean Craven
     2014 Jerry Mowen
     2013 Larry Riddle
     2012 James Vandendries
     2011 Sue Hatherill
     2010 Cliff & Marie Semple
     2009 Don Gray
     2008 Herbert Scrivener
     2007 David Lewis
     2006 Philip Perri
     2005 Robert "Brake Shoe" Brancheau
     2004 Jon Hayes
     2003 Pat Post
     2002 Robert Buck
     2001 William "Mac" McLaughlin
     2000 Ray Russell
     1999 James Mohn
     1998 Forest C. Hines
     1997 Wayne N. Roddy
     1996 J.J. Casady
     1995 Chester "Chet" Liestenfeltz
     1994 Margaret Powell
     1993 John Walworth
     1992 Lloyd Russell
     1991 Ernie Spicer
     1990 Earl Hart
     1989 Sherwood Weichner
     1988 Clare Jewell
     1987 Lloyd Eicher
     1986 Perry Parsall
     1985 Clyde Hayes
     1984 Arthur VanRiper
     1983 Tracy McClure
     1982 Anthony "Tony" Kolman
     1981 Noble Haver
     1980 Ora Goul
     1979 Eddie Crane
     1978 Frederick Tranzrow
     1977 Glenn Willie