Clewiston, FL – This week, the Sugar Express, U.S. Sugar’s future excursion steam engine line, announced the hiring of Scott Ogle as Operations Manager. Ogle’s role will include overseeing the department’s day-to-day operations, maintenance, and facilitation of outreach programs.
“We are excited to welcome Scott on board to lead the Sugar Express. The re-acquisition and restoration of steam locomotive No. 148 was a big step in the vision of incorporating historic trains with public education about our local agriculture operations,” stated Judy Sanchez, U.S. Sugar’s Senior Director for Corporate Communications & Public Affairs. “I have no doubt that Scott will bring his tremendous knowledge as well as fresh, new ideas to help us expand this exciting project.”
A Tennessee native, Ogle will be heading to Clewiston with over 30 years of tourist-steam and short-line railroad experience. He has spent most of his career overseeing safe operations, performing equipment inspections, and doing maintenance on locomotives. Before joining Sugar Express, Ogle has worked for The Dollywood Company in Pigeon Forge as senior supervisor of their railroad and machine shop, as well as other various railroad companies.
“I am thrilled to be joining an organization that has demonstrated such a strong commitment to preserving history by restoring such an iconic part of Florida’s farming legacy,” said Ogle. “I look forward to helping lead the Sugar Express into the next chapter as it begins preparing to welcome passengers to Clewiston from across America.”
Ogle was awarded the General Managers Award by the Central Division-Norfolk Southern Railroad in 2012 and 2017. He is an FRA-certified Conductor/Engineer/DSLE, certified bridge inspector, and a certified welder.
About the Sugar Express
The Sugar Express is Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar’s public excursion rail line. Powered by a growing fleet of restored and historic steam engines, the Sugar Express will welcome passengers in the future and allow them to experience South Florida’s farming communities by rail. The excursion train experience will help educate passengers about modern-day, sustainable farming practices while also providing passenger service to exciting destinations near U.S. Sugar’s short rail line throughout South Florida. More details about future bookings and destinations are expected to be available soon.
About U.S. Sugar
U.S. Sugar is a farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus, sweet corn, and other winter and spring vegetables in South Florida. The company was founded in 1931 by Charles Stewart Mott, a visionary leader who hailed from a long line of farmers. Since the beginning, the company’s success has been rooted in traditional farming values and respect for the land.