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Farewell to a Living Legend: Mick Watts retires after 58 years at the PTA

Author: Alex Gerrard

2 Nov 2023

The name Mick Watts may ring a bell with many of the seasoned educators who have taken school trips on the Midland and Fremantle lines.. After an incredible 58-year career at the PTA, Mick said goodbye to the railway industry last month, leaving a legacy that has touched the lives of many.

Mick's journey into the railway world began with a twist of fate due to colour-blindness. He fondly recalls the pivotal moment in the 1960s when he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and join the railway industry, foregoing a career as an airline pilot.

“Because I was colour-blind, I couldn't become a pilot, so I ended up working for the railways,” he said.

Starting at the Midland Workshops as an apprentice transportation and infrastructure machinist in 1965, Mick's dedication led him through various roles, from turner to toolmaker, machine-shop assistant foreman, and scheduler at the Workshops until their closure in 1994. He then transitioned to the passenger-facing side of the business, where he excelled as a Passenger Service Officer and, since 2000, as a Passenger Service Manager.

Throughout his career, Mick's favourite memories spanned his time at the Workshops and his interactions with Transperth customers. His commitment and passion for service have been an inspiration to all who have crossed his path.

As our longest-serving employee embarks on his new adventures, he leaves us with a piece of valuable advice for future generations and his customer service personnel: “The next generation should just enjoy what they do –  it’s what I've done.”

Thank you Mick, for your exceptional service. We wish you the very best in your well-deserved retirement.


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