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Where did you originally come from?
Havana, Cuba
What brought you to Key West?
The beauty of island living – the climate, lifestyle in a small town
How long have you been here?
13 years
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
I was a language teacher – English, Spanish and French.
What do you enjoy about working for the Train? Everything! It’s a great career.
What do you enjoy during your free time?
I enjoy the beaches, movies, reading, and being with friends.
 
Eduardo - Engineer
 
Eduardo - train engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Iowa City, Iowa
What brought you to Key West?
My father lived in Big Pine Key
How long have you been here?
32 years
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
SCUBA diving, Boat Captain
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
Sharing the Key West stories with guests and showing them the beautiful foliage.
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Spending time with my wife and children out on our boat
 
Glenn - Engineer
 
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Where did you originally come from?
Pittsburgh, PA
What brought you to Key West?
My wife who is from Florida
How long have you been here?
Since October 2008
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Owned and operated a print shop
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
The weather and the people
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Spending time with my wife and kids, fishing and crabbing.
 
Bob - 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?
I love the island, endless summer. I retired my snow shovel.
How long have you been here?
I think I’ve been here in another life! Or 6 years
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
School teacher, therapist, guidance counselor
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
I love the family feeling.
What do you enjoy during your free time?
I enjoy going to theater, gardening and my sweet dog, Lola.

 
Joyce - Sales Representative
 
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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?
Key West – I’m a born and raised 4th generation “CONCH”
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
I’ve worked 20 years with Historic Tours of America – at the trolley as a Charter Rep, then Office Manager. Prior to the trolley, I worked as a permanent Substitute Teacher and also as a Jewelry Merchandising Manager at JC Penney.
What do you enjoy about working for the Train?
Making my co-workers laugh... many times at me, not with me!!
What do you enjoy during your free time?
I love shopping; I take tae kwon do and go deer hunting annually.

 
Tammy - Group Sales 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?
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
What brought you to Key West?
My family roots are here
How long have you been here?
6 months
What did you do prior to working for the Train?
Yacht captain
What do you enjoy about working for the Train? Meeting people and telling them about Key West
What do you enjoy during your free time?
Going to the beach and spending time with my family

 
TJ - Tour Engineer
 
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