Who's Who list by name, surname beginning with L

  • LaHood, Ray (born 1945) - United States Secretary of Transportation 2009-2013 [preceded by Mary Peters; succeeded by Anthony Foxx].
  • Laing, Samuel (1812-1897) - Secretary to the railway department of the United Kingdom 1842-1847; member of the Dalhousie Railway Commission where he made the suggestion to implement "parliamentary" rates (one penny per mile) for passenger train travel; chairman of the board of directors for the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 1848-1855 [succeeded by Leo Schuster] and 1867-1896 [preceded by Walter Barttelot; succeeded by Thomas Fremantle]; chairman of the Railway Debenture Trust; chairman of the Railway Share Trust.
  • Lamar, Lucius Q. C. (1825-1893) - Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Railroads 1880-1881.
  • Lamb, A. - President of Crescent Springs Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 62)
  • Lamb, E. T. - President of Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railway. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Lamb, H. L. - President of Chattanooga Southern Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 247)
  • Lambie, John (1833-1895) - Locomotive superintendent for Caledonian Railway 1891-1895 [preceded by Hugh Smellie; succeeded by John F. McIntosh].
  • Lane, David H. - President of Jamesville & Washington Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 101)
  • Lane, J. S. - New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. President of New England Roadmasters Association. (Official List 1888, p xxxviii)
  • Laney, David M. (born 1949) - Chairman of the Board of Directors for Amtrak 2002-__.
  • Langdon, C. F. - President of Cincinnati, Columbus & Hocking Valley Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 44)
  • Langenfeld, John - President of Centralia Traction Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1250)
  • Lanier, L. - President of Chattahoochee Valley Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 247)
  • Lanir, Charles - President of Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1234)
  • Larkin, J. C. - President of Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad. (Congressional Record 1986, p 24914)
  • Larson, Jim (1935-2008) - Telegrapher for Milwaukee Road; dispatcher and division manager for Chicago & North Western Railway; assistant vice president of operations for Amtrak -1998; worked to extend the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Miami.
  • Lary, V. L. - Presdent of New Jersey & New York Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 131)
  • Lawrence, Charles Napier (1855-1927) - Chairman of the board of directors for London & North Western Railway 1921-1923; chairman of the board of directors for London, Midland & Scottish Railway 1923-1924.
  • Lawrie, Peter Northall - Chairman of London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 1866-1867 [preceded by Leo Schuster; succeeded by Walter Barttelot].
  • Layng, James D. - President of Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway; general manager of New York Central's West Shore Division. (Poor's 1887, p 13; Official List 1888, pp 57 and 137)
  • Leach, Al (born 1935) - Chief general manager of Toronto Transit Commission 1987-1995 [preceded by Alf Savage; succeeded by David L. Gunn].
  • Leavitt, C. W. - President of Peach Bottom Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 151)
  • Elisha Lee in 1913 Elisha Lee in 1913
  • Lee, Elisha (1870-1933) - Vice president of Pennsylvania Railroad; chairman of the Managers Committee of the Railroads.
  • Leeds, W. B. - President of the Rock Island System __-1904 [succeeded by B. L. Winchell]. (The Railroad Men, May 1904)
  • Leitnaker, A. N. - General superintendent of Austin & Northwestern Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 9)
  • Lewis, B. W. - President of Cherry Valley Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 31)
  • Lewis, Roger (1912-1987) - First president of Amtrak 1971-1974. (Phillips, June 1991, p 27)
  • Ledyard, H. D. - President of Detroit Terminal Railroad. (NY Times; May 22, 1918)
  • Ledyard, Henry Brockholst (1844-1921) - Began his railroad career in 1870 workin in the Engineering Department of Northern Pacific Railroad.  He left that job to become a clerk for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad later in the same year.  He worked through promotions to become Assistant Superintendent, and then Superintendent of the railroad's eastern division.  He became the assistant to William B. Strong in 1874 who was then Superintendent of the Michigan Central Railroad.  Ledyard replaced Strong in that position in 1876.  He succeeded William H. Vanderbilt as president of the Michigan Central in 1883.  Under Ledyard's leadership, the railroad removed a great number of bridges, tight curves and steep grades, increasing the maximum train length from 30 to 80 cars and doubling the car capacities at the same time.  Ledyard then guided the construction of new lines along the Detroit River, which led to the construction of many large manufacturing plants, including the more well-known automobile plants of today.  Ledyard stepped down from the presidency in 1905 but remained Chairman of the Board. President of Chicago, Kalamazoo & Saginaw Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 271)
  • Leiter, Joseph - President of Chicago, Zeigler & Gulf Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 283; Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1211)
  • Lemon, Ernest (1884-1954) - Chief mechanical engineer for London, Midland & Scottish Railway 1931-1932 [preceded by Henry Fowler; succeeded by William Stanier]; later promoted to be vice president of same.
  • Lenroot, Irvine L. (1869-1949) - Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Railroads 1919-1921.
  • Leonard, A. G. - President of Union Stock Yards & Transit Company (operated by Chicago Junction Railway). (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1244)
  • Leonard, E. F. - President of Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 187)
  • Leonard, N. A. - President of Connecticut River Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 49; Official List 1888, p 62)
  • Levin, Mark - General counsel for Paducah & Louisville Railroad. (Congressional Record 1986, p 24914)
  • Levis, John T. - President of Kentucky Central Railroad. (Lloyd 1859)
  • Levy, C. M. - President of Western Pacific Railroad. (NY Times, May 22, 1918)
  • Levy, Jefferson M. - President of East & West of Alabama Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 75)
  • Lewis, Andrew L. "Drew", Jr. (born 1931) - U.S. Secretary of Transportation 1981-1983 [preceded by Neil Goldschmidt; succeeded by Elizabeth Dole]; president of Union Pacific Railroad (UP) 1986-1987 [preceded by John Kenefick; succeeded by Mike Walsh], CEO of UP 1986-1997 [preceded by John Kenefick; succeeded by Richard Davidson].
  • Lewis, B. W. - President of Cherry Valley Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 36)
  • S. S. L'Hommedieu S. S. L'Hommedieu in 1859
  • L'Hommedieu, S. S. - President of Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad. (Lloyd 1859)
  • Lihme, C. B. - President of Lasalle & Bureau County Railroad. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1224)
  • Limantour, J. M. - President of Cordoba & Huatusco Railroad. (Pocket List 1907, p 295)
  • Lincoln, Robert T. - Chairman of Pullman Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1277)
  • Lindholt, Tore (born 1941) - Director general of Norges Statsbaner 1987-1988; president of Norges Statsbaner 1990.
  • Linsley, D. C. - President of Burlington & Lamoille Railroad; president of Canada Atlantic Railroad. (Poor's 1887, pp 21 and 23; Official List 1888, pp 23 and 27)
  • List, Friedrich (1789-1846) - German economist who strongly advocated for a national railway system in Germany as a means of economic unification within the country.
  • Little, J. C. - President of Louisville & Wadley Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 114)
  • Littlejohn, DeWitt C. - President of Brooklyn & Rockaway Beach Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 21)
  • Locke, Joseph (1805-1860) - English civil engineer; construction engineer of Stockton & Darlington Railway and Liverpool & Manchester Railway; Chief Mechanical Engineer for Grand Junction Railway.
  • Lockwood, Amelius Richard Mark (1847-1928) - Director for London & North Western Railway.
  • Lockwood, F. St. John - President of Danbury & Norwalk Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 63)
  • Loewy, Raymond (1893-1986) - Industrial designer who worked for Pennsylvania Railroad; his most prominent designs for PRR included the S1 and T1 locomotives.
  • Long, G. L. - New York & New England Railroad. President of Association of Railway Telegraph Superintendents. (Official List 1888, p xxxvi)
  • Loomis, Edward Eugene (1864-1937) - President of Lehigh Valley Railroad 1917-1937. (NY Times; May 22, 1918)
  • Loomis, Francis B. - President of Dayton & Ironton Railroad; president of Mineral Range Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 53; Official List 1888, p 123)
  • Lord, Charles V. - President of Bangor & Katahdin Iron Works Railway. (Poor's 1887, p 11)
  • Lord, George C. - President of Boston & Maine Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 19; Official List 1888, p 17)
  • Lord, Henry C. (1824-1884) - President of Indianapolis & Cincinnati Railroad; President of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 1868-1869 [preceded by William F. Nast; succeeded by Henry Keyes]. (Lloyd 1859)
  • Leonor F. Loree before 1918 Leonor F. Loree before 1918
  • Loree, Leonor F. (1858-1940) - President of Baltimore & Ohio Railroad 1901-1904 [preceded by John K. Cowen; succeeded by Oscar G. Murray], Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad 1904-__, Delaware & Hudson Railroad 1907-1938, Kansas City Southern Railway 1918-1920, and chairman of Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad 1926-1928. (Pocket List 1907, p 301; NY Times, May 22, 1918; Poor's 1917, p 47)
  • Lorentzsen, Norman - President of Burlington Northern Railroad 1976-1985 [preceded by Robert W. Downing; succeeded by Darius W. Gaskins, Jr.].
  • Lott, John A. (1806-1878) - President of Brooklyn, Flatbush & Coney Island Railway 1874-1878.
  • Lott, U. - President and general manager of San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 173)
  • Loubser, Kobus - Chief mechanical engineer of South African Railways.
  • Loud, H. N. - President of Au Sable & Northwestern Railway. (Pocket List 1907, p 207)
  • Love, William T. - President of Lomax Terminal Railroad. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1312)
  • Loveland, W. A. H. - President of Denver Circle Railroad. (Poor's 1887, p 55)
  • Loveridge, Henry - President of George's Creek & Cumberland Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 85)
  • Robert S. Lovett in 1918 Robert S. Lovett in 1918
  • Lovett, Robert S. (1860-1932) - President of Sothern Pacific Company 1909-1911 [preceded by E. H. Harriman; succeeded by William Sproule]; chairman of the Southern Pacific Company Executive Committee 1909-1913 [succeeded by Julius Kruttschnitt]; President of Union Pacific Railroad 1910-1911 [preceded by E. H. Harriman; succeeded by A. L. Mohler].
  • Lowry, Horace (1880-1931) - Son of Thomas Lowry; president of Twin City Rapid Transit __-1931.
  • Lowry, Thomas (1843-1909) - President of Minneapolis Street Railway 1877-1892; president of Twin City Rapid Transit 1892-__; president of Soo Line Railroad 1889-1890 [preceded by William D. Washburn] and 1892-1909. (Wisconsin Railroad Commission 1897, p 32)
  • Lowther, William (1821-1912) - Director for London & North Western Railway.
  • Loyd, Lewis Vivian (1852-1908) - Director for London & North Western Railway.
  • Lucas, O. J. - President of Springfield & Jacksonville Electric Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1317)
  • Luhrsen, J. G. - Executive Secretary of the Railway Labor Executives' Association. (Palmer 1942)
  • Lukes, George H. - President of Illinois Light & Traction Company. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1261)
  • Luna, Charles - President of the United Transportation Union.
  • Lydon, C. - Superintendent of Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's Second Division. (Poor's 1887, p 55)
  • Lyman, W. H. - President of Galesburg & Kewanee Electric Railway. (Illinois PUC, 1915, p 1260)
  • Lynde, Cornelius - President of Rock Island & Peoria Railroad. (Official List 1888, p 166)
  • Lyster, J. W. "Wes" (1923-2009) - Vice president of Canadian Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers International 1981-1986. (BLET, 14 Aug 2009)

Photo credits:

  • Elisha Lee - Cropped from a scan of the original photo available at the Library of Congress website; photo originally published in 1913 by the Bain News Service. The MARC record for this photograph (retrieved November 22, 2013) asserts that there are "no known restrictions on publication"; as this photo was first pubilshed in the US before 1923, my understanding of copyrights leads me to believe it is in the public domain.
  • S. S. L'Hommedieu - Cropped from a scan of Lloyd's American railroad map of the United States, showing the three proposed roads and the overland mail route to the Pacific, in the collection of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, available through the Library of Congress website, retreived February 11, 2014.  The original document notes that the image was created based on a photograph by "Porter" of Cincinnati for Lloyd's American Guide.  Because this document was first published in 1859, it is my understanding that this is now in the public domain.
  • Leonor F. Loree - The Wikimedia Commons image description page (retrieved May 27, 2012) asserts that this photograph is in the public domain because it was first published in the United States before 1923 (sourced to The Cyclopaedia of American biography. New enl. ed. of Appleton's cyclopaedia of American biography, originally edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Revision to 1914 complete under editorial supervision of Charles Dick and James E. Homans (1918)).
  • Robert S. Lovett - Cropped from a scan of the original photograph available at the Library of Congress website as part of the Harris & Ewing Collection; photo originally published in 1918 by the Harris & Ewing company. The description page at the Library of Congress website (retrieved December 30, 2015) notes there are "no known restrictions on publication" for this image; as this photo was first published in the US before 1923, my understanding of copyrights leads me to believe it is in the public domain.