Erich Lendermon has always liked trains and railroads, and eventually, they became his vocation. As a child, his parents took him to railroads and museums like The Texas State Railroad, The Grapevine Vintage Railroad, The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
Wanting to have a hands-on experience with a steam locomotive and in particular, SP745, which his father
played on as a child when it was a static display in Audubon Park, Erich began to volunteer for LASTA around 2007. The more volunteer work in which he participated, the more he thought about undertaking railroads as a profession and the more experience
In 2011, Erich began working for the New Orleans and Gulf Coast Railroad as a switchman eventually becoming a locomotive engineer. Then in 2014, he was hired by one of the major railroads, Kansas City Southern. As before, he started out as a switchman and worked his way up to engineer, which is his current position there.
Erich is a currently certified engineer and frequently