“I can't speak highly enough about how this job has changed my life and I'm not just talking financially. I'm talking about the irreplaceable bond you make here with CP employees ranging from train men to management. We all have a job to do, but we all also look after one another.”
Born in Columbia Missouri, James Laney enlisted as an 11B Infantryman in 2001 as he thought jumping out of planes and swimming through swamps looked pretty cool. When civilian life came calling, James left the military at the rank of E-4 Specialist working light and mechanized infantry.
Enrolling in Missouri Valley College seemed like the best next step, but James struggled as sitting in a classroom was too slow compared to the fast pace of life he’d become accustomed to. It became very apparent that transitioning from being a soldier to a civilian can be very difficult.
It wasn’t until he found a job as a Conductor at CP four years ago did he feel he could properly transition into a civilian career. The core values of the military -- selfless service, duty, respect, integrity and personal courage -- transition very easily into James’ life at Chace set James up for success, especially when surrounded by hundreds of people just like him. have set James up for success, especially when surrounded by hundreds of people just like him.
Recognizing his potential to advance at CP and CP's focus on promoting employees, James applied for CP’s ‘This Way Up’ program, which landed him his current job as Assistant Trainmaster in Mason City, IA. In this role James organizes the movement of freight within his territory alongside fellow Conductors, Engineers and Roadmasters.