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Where did you originally come from?
Havana, Cuba

What brought you to Key West?
To live the island life.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Language teacher.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
My co-workers, giving the tour, and the people I meet.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my wife.

 
Eduardo S. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Born in Michigan, raised in West Palm Beach, FL
What brought you to Key West?
The weather and the people
How long have you been here?
One year
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Service Department Manager at Florida Lawn and Garden
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
The people
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Having a good time with family and friends and of course fishing.
 
Stormy - Mechanic
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Denver, CO
What brought you to Key West?
Work on my parents’ retirement house.
How long have you been here?
First started coming here in 2000 and moved here permanently in 2011.
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
I was in real estate and land development.
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
The island’s history and meeting new people.
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Working on the house and exploring the Keys.

 
Martin - Operations Manager
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Northern Virginia
What brought you to Key West?
Sunshine, no snow
How long have you been here?
Since 2010
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Automotive service writer
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
Meeting & greeting people
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Snorkeling, swimming, flying, walking & traveling

 
J.C. - Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Born & raised in Wisconsin
What brought you to Key West?
A big yellow truck filled with my belongings and a desire to live the dream in paradise
How long have you been here?
2009
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
I get to meet lots of interesting people. Sharing the history of our little island & proving there is more to Key West than Duval Street.
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Hanging out with my wife, my dogs & my iguana. Snorkeling, Bicycling, kayaking, photography.

 
BJ - Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Miami, FL
What brought you to Key West?
We got sick of Miami.
How long have you been here?
2013
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Elevator mechanic 7 then self-employed handyman
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
I just like working
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Sailing

 
Edward - Building Maintenance
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Key West
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
Co-workers
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Married to Alverina and have 4 children.

 
Greg - Mechanic
 
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Where did you originally come from?
I was born and raised in Key West.
What do you enjoy during your free time?
I have three great kids - two boys who play football and a girl who is a cheerleader that keep me really busy.

 
Taj - Vehicle Restoration
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Boston, MA.

What brought you to Key West?
Came on vacation, bought a house in 1998 and moved permanently in 2002.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Owned a Nursery School/Daycare and was a Private Practice Therapist.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
The opportunities I have been given, as a driver, sales rep, Depot Sales Manager, and Operations Manager of BIS.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Painting and gardening.

 
Joyce - Bone Island Shuttle Driver
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Atlanta
What brought you to Key West?
The magic I felt on vacation here!
How long have you been here?
15 years
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Schooner Western Union
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
Selling to the public
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Music, movies, my cats, sailing & fishing

 
Shirley - Sales Representative
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Small city named Lake Station, Indiana
What brought you to Key West?
Was passing through on a sailboat & loved it here so I decided to stay.
How long have you been here?
Four years
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Supervisor at the Conch Train Gift Shop. Before that I was a stay-at-home mom.
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
I enjoy meeting new people from all over the world.
What do you enjoy during your free time?
I enjoy my daughter. I like to read and try to just relax.

 
Chrissy - Sales Representative
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Pittsburgh
What brought you to Key West?
A car
How long have you been here?
So long I cannot remember
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Gemologist, Restaurant Management, & Retirement
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
Everything
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Not working

 
Cynthia - Sales Representative
 
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Where did you originally come from?
West Virginia
What brought you to Key West?
Vacationed here many years & this is the only place that made me cry when it was time to leave
How long have you been here?
2 months
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Social Worker for WUDHHR
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Reading, swimming, walking

 
Tricia - Sales Representative
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Key West
What brought you to Key West?
My Mom and Dad
How long have you been here?
Born and Raised
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
I worked for County Government
What do you enjoy about working for the Train? Everything!
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Spending time with my children and husband going on the boat and movies.

 
Mary - Office Manager
 
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Where did you originally come from?
California
What brought you to Key West?

Friends, the weather and curiosity about a place I’d always wanted to visit.
How long have you been here?
12 years
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
I worked for Lawrence Welk in Santa Monica, CA as a Royalty Accountant for his record company.
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
The people and my job.
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Spending time with my Aussie dog, Gracie, reading a good book under a palm tree at the pool or watching a movie.

 
Cheryl - Vendor Sales Manager
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Boston
What brought you to Key West?
Island life
How long have you been here?
2006
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Retail
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
Public interaction
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Biking, sports

 
John - Valet/Host
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Key West.

What brought you to Key West?
Moved back in 2013 to get back in touch with my family roots.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Yacht Captain

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
My co-workers.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my family.

 
TJ - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Born in Key West, left at 14.

What brought you to Key West?
Returned in 1977 to work FKWH.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
I was a chef in Key West for 30 years.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Key West history is one of my passions.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Poker, cooking, bocce, reading.

 
Kenny J. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Portland, OR

What brought you to Key West?
While I was in Houston, each time I called my brother, he told me “you should move to Key West!”

What did you do prior to working for the train?
IT-Computers

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
I love giving the tour.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Photography.

 
Vaughn G. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Pittsburgh, PA.

What brought you to Key West?
My wife and I needed the warm weather.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
I owned a print shop.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
I enjoy giving the tour.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my family, cooking and working on my house.

 
Bob L. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Finger Lakes area of NY.

What brought you to Key West?
The weather, ocean and 360 bars the island has to offer.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
I was a New York State Prison Guard.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Meeting all the different tourists from around the world.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Riding my Harley and hanging out with friends.

 
Sweeney - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Iowa City

What brought you to Key West?
Study Marine Biology at FKCC.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Scuba diving instructor

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Driving along the beach

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my family.

 
Glenn E. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Pennsylvania

What brought you to Key West?
I fell in love with the warm weather, palm trees, and crystal clear water.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
I worked for the Florida Keys Brewing Company.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
The happy tourists, making people smile, and seeing other people love Key West as much as I do.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with family at the beach, playing in the water.

 
Amy A. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
New Hampshire

What brought you to Key West?
The weather.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Hospitality - Real Estate

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Meeting and talking to the public.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Read and watch Hallmark movies.

 
Bruce D. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Washington, GA

What brought you to Key West?
Retirement from teaching for 14 years.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Teaching for 14 years - Engineering, Architecture, Computer Apps, and coached the football team.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
The freedom of being outside and meeting all the tourists.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Going to the beach, cooking and playing trivia.

 
Wilson - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Exeter, NH

What brought you to Key West?
The ocean and warm weather.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Sales trainer

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Fellow CASTmembers, fun guests, and the family atmosphere.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Going out on the water and learning to drive my boat.

 
Todd P. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Houston, TX

What brought you to Key West?
Looking for work.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Professional Mariner, Yacht Captain, and Commercial Fisherman.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
The beautiful people I meet.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Being by the water, and relaxing.

 
Skipper - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
East Coast of Canada

What brought you to Key West?
My love of the water

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Owned several different businesses, Captain and Aircraft Engineer

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
The good people I meet.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to sail

 
Floyd P. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Big Sky County, Butte, MT

What brought you to Key West?
A woman I met.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
International Commuter for Oilfield Service Co.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Being treated like a human.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Being on or around the water.

 
Gregory “Scott” B. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Philadelphia, PA

What brought you to Key West?
My wife and I wanted to move as far South as possible.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
I owned a B&B.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
My co-workers.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Go to the movies, gardening, and doing nothing.

 
Marbu - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Born and raised in Key West, FL.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Driver for Trolley.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Giving the tour and making kids smile.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Watching movies.

 
Manny M. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Buffalo, NY

What brought you to Key West?
Came on vacation and loved it.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Construction, attended college, and still active in the military.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
The camaraderie of my co-workers.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Fish, snorkel, hang out on Duval St., and watch football.

 
Justin R. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Paris, TN.

What brought you to Key West?
To find love.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Working for Building & Grounds as a truck driver in St. Paul, MN.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
The work family and interaction with tourists from all over.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Reading a good book.

 
Joe M. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Flushing Queens, NY

What brought you to Key West?
To begin a new life.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Taught ESL to Chinese Students in NYC, China and Taiwan.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Meeting new people from all over, sharing the history and natural surroundings of Key West and the Florida Keys, and the family atmosphere the company gives.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Being outdoors and talking to friends from Korea and China online.

 
Doug B. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Milwaukee, WI

What brought you to Key West?
For entertainment opportunities.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Before driving trains, I was a Ghost Host for Ghosts & Gravestones.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Entertaining guests.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Watch sports and listen to music.

 
Tim S. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Northeast Philadelphia.

What brought you to Key West?
Came to visit a friend after graduating high school in 1969, and then moved in 1970.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Taught windsurfing at Louie’s Backyard and Casa Marina.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
My co-workers and meeting all the tourists.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Swimming and playing bass for the Ukulele Club.

 
Gary Z. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Lorain, OH

What brought you to Key West?
My wife used to live here, we came on vacation, and decided to move to get away from the cold.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Window cleaner for 25 years.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Being able to be outside.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like to be a homebody and travel with my wife, or take day trips to the main land.

 
George L. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Los Angeles, CA

What brought you to Key West?
To help with my family's swimming pool construction business.

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Milkman at McArthur Dairy.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Being outside.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Boating and having a few drinks to relax.

 
Tom L. - Train Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
New Jersey.

What brought you to Key West?
I crewed on a Square Rigger from Atlantic City-130’ Brigantine (Young America), landed in Key West, and never left!

What did you do prior to working for the train?
Spent 35 years on Charter Boat Row, had my own Charter - The Leprechaun for 15 years.

What do you enjoy about working for the train?
Working with a great crew, and interacting with the tourists.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Fishing and telling stories in my favorite watering holes.

 
Andy F. - Train Engineer
 
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