Southern Pacific Railroad History Center


Bill Fowler

President, Publisher of The Southern Pacific Experience, and Director

After three years of active service in the United States Army, Bill Fowler first entered Southern Pacific service in November 1964 as a messenger in the freight traffic department.  After two breaks in service to attend college, he returned to the Southern Pacific on a permanent basis in the fall of 1971, and at the time of the Southern Pacific – Union Pacific merger in September 1996, he was Managing Director of Contracts and Joint Facilities.  Subsequent to the merger, Bill was appointed Director of Joint Facilities for Union Pacific, and when he retired on August 31, 1999, he handled joint facility matters involving major railroad companies in the United States and most of Union Pacific’s short-line partners; provided joint facility expertise to Ferromex (of which Union Pacific is a 26 percent owner); was a member of the Union Pacific transit and light-rail initiatives team; and worked on other operating agreement matters such as special passenger train operations and port trackage projects.

Since his retirement, Bill has worked as a consultant for mainly railroad companies in the United States and Mexico.  In addition, from 2007 until 2012, Bill was Executive Director of the Nevada CASA Association.  In that role, he was involved with the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Nevada’s child welfare system.

Bill was awarded a bachelor’s degree with honors by Sonoma State University with a double major in African-American Studies and Management, and he is a graduate of Golden Gate University’s Executive MBA program.

Bill reads extensively about history, ethnicity, anthropology, current affairs, the lives of accomplished individuals, and railroading.  He lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife, Diane, who had a thirty-year career with Southern Pacific, primarily in the general claims department.  He and Diane enjoy traveling throughout the United States and internationally.

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