John Cockrell


Railroad Engineer, 45 years

Contributing Author,

45 Years of True Railroad StoriesTM



Seabees MCB11,

United States Navy‚Äč

My railroad career began when I was hired for train service on my 18th birthday for the Southern Pacific Railroad. I started as a Fireman and promoted to Engineer in 1971. 

I was one of the few employees hired in engine service that started by firing steam engines and retired as an employee operating up to 6,000 horse power computer controlled General Electric diesel locomotives with just under 2,000,000 compensated miles. Even though I had many more stories to add to our book, 45 Years of True Railroad StoriesTM, it  contains the ones that I most vividly remember.

My railroad career was important to me, but so was serving my country. While employed, and a Naval Reservist, I also served two years active duty as a Seabee, MCB11.

Over the years I've enjoyed  many things, including the creation and patent of Pocket-Lok® pickup truck stake-pocket anchoring system that became our first business venture. Followed by the co-ownership of TruckStuff, a pickup truck accessory retail store. 

My philosophies on life and the secret to surviving retirement? God first. Love. Family. Friends. Never stop rolling along!

Enjoy the journey!

Sheri Cockrell

My first love is business. A business owner veteran, I've co-owned and operated both brick and mortar, and online retail service businesses for over 28 years.  My experience in business start-up, development, and operations brought an invitation to co-author my first book, Incredible BusinessTM, followed by Mom Entrepreneur ExtraordinaireTM. That led me to write John's memoir, 45 Years of True Railroad StoriesTM - followed by Adventures of a Railroad EngineerTM, for children ages 6 thru 12.

Writing his memoir took over two years and has taken our relationship to a new level of closeness - 35 years and counting.

I never knew what John went through during his trips away. He never brought any of it home with him. Now, I know some of the incidents that he took pains to shield me and our sons from. I hope you enjoy reading his stories as much as we have enjoyed writing them.

Her philosophies on life: God first. Love. Family. Friends. Never give up. Never stop learning. Never stop loving.



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45 Years of True Railroad StoriesTM

Adventures of a Railroad EngineerTM

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Contributing Author,

Incredible BusinessTM, and

Mom Entrepreneur ExtraordinaireTM

For over two years, this husband and wife team worked together to document John's stories. He told them as Sheri typed. The stories in 45 Years of True Railroad StoriesTM, are the real-life trip experiences told in first-person format. Documented lovingly by Sheri, it is a book that is meant for sharing. Not only with you, but with generations to come.

John and Sheri have been married 35 years.

They are excited to share his stories with everyone, including 8 children, 13 grandchildren and generations to come.


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