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Texas Tech to Unveil University-Themed Locomotive

Emily Gardner

October 22, 2015

The train is operated by Watco Companies.

WHAT:           Unveiling of a Texas Tech University-themed locomotive

WHEN:           2:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 26)

WHERE:         130 N. Steck Ave. at the corner of North Steck and Main Street in Wolfforth

EVENT:          Watco Companies asked Texas Tech to design a Texas Tech themed locomotive. The painting of the locomotive started the week of Oct. 12. The train is routed along the Lubbock and Western Railroad line going through cities such as Levelland and Brownfield. To see the entire route, click here.

Dusty Young, the trainmaster and a Texas Tech alumnus, was one of the forces behind having a locomotive with a Texas Tech design and will be the person pulling the train out of the depot for the unveil.

Watco has completed similar projects with schools including Alabama, Wichita State and Pittsburg State.

Watco Companies, LLC, is a transportation company based in Pittsburg, Kansas. It also owns Watco Transportations Services, LLC, one of the largest short line railroad holding companies in the United States. For more information, visit the company website

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