Mrs. Martha Moreland: Outstanding Amtrak employee worthy of a Thomas The Train Set for her grandchildren
I recently took a day trip to watch trains in Mineola, Texas. Mineola is about 80 miles east of Dallas via US Highway 80. The main east-west rail line of the Union Pacific Railroad from the Midwest and Southeast to Texas, Mexico, and the West Coast passes through this small city. Mineola is also a station stop for the Amtrak ‘Texas Eagle”. On my many visits to Mineola I have had the pleasure to get to know Mrs. Martha Moreland, who opens the station for Amtrak and takes care of the needs of arriving and departing passengers. Martha always greets me and all the Amtrak passengers with a smile, and always takes care of passenger needs. Whether it is information, assistance boarding, letting passengers know about train status, helping passengers arrange rides once arriving in Mineola, or just being there as a familiar caring face, Martha has made a difference in the lives of Amtrak passengers in Mineola. While hard to read, this picture of Martha cites her for receiving the Amtrak “President’s Service and Safety Award”. Wow! It could not have happened to a more deserving person. Next time I am in Mineola, I will offer her a free Lionel Polar Express Set or other children’s product. I know she has grandchildren. And grandkids love trains! All aboard!!