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TRACKSIDE CHAT

A CHAT WITH ASLRRA VICE
CHAIRMAN DOC CLAUSSEN

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eter "Doc" Claussen, vice chairman of
Gulf & Ohio Railways and new vice
chairman of ASLRRA, opened up to
Short Line Connector about his early ties to
railroads, his fast hobby and more.

Doc Claussen: My father (Pete
Claussen) founded Gulf & Ohio Railways
in 1985. At the time, I was a sophomore in
high school, and I was offered the opportunity to work on the railroads, replacing
crossties during the summer. I did this
for five summers while in various stages
of school before I diverted away from
railroading for about 18 years to pursue
other interests. My interest in the railroad
industry was rekindled around 2006,
so I approached Dad about doing some
office work when my primary job allowed
enough time. Two years later, in 2008, I
returned to railroading full time.
SLC: If you weren't a railroader, what job
might you have?
DC: I have always thought I would make a
good radiologist, and for the most part, the
medical community seemed to agree while
I was in practice. I am not sure I would
be interested in returning to that field
now, as the reasons for my dissatisfaction
with that career choice have not changed
appreciably. Photography has always
interested me, so something along those
lines would be interesting to pursue if the
railroads were no longer an option.
SLC: What's your favorite city to travel to
on business?
DC: Washington, D.C.

Dustin Vizer Photography

Short Line Connector: How did you
get started in railroading?

ASLRRA Vice Chairman Doc Claussen and his race car at Daytona International Speedway.

SLC: Where do you like to eat when
you're there?

9.5 lbs/hp (roughly 310 rear-wheel horsepower) to compete in the National Auto
Sport Association TT2/ST2 class.

DC: I am very fond of The Capital Grille
when I can get away long enough.

SLC: What's your favorite movie?

SLC: What accomplishment are you most
proud of?

DC: The Blues Brothers - an all-time classic!
SLC: What's your personal motto?

DC: On several occasions, I have been
able to resolve conflicts with customers, or
within our railroads, to a level of satisfaction
on the part of all of those concerned, and
that makes me significantly proud. Solving
problems is a very satisfying process for me.

DC: "Nothing that is worth doing is ever
easy."
SLC: How do you give back to your community, or how are you involved in your
community?

SLC: What is your favorite hobby?
DC: My 2001 Chevrolet Corvette coupe
race car. The motor is out of a 2001
Corvette Z06 that had an unfortunate
encounter with the wall at Road Atlanta
in 2013. The interior has been stripped
out to remove all unnecessary weight,
and a full roll cage, racing seat, HANS
device and fire-suppression system were
installed. The car has been tuned to

DC: I am on the boards of the Knoxville
Chamber, Tennessee Theatre and University of Tennessee College of Nursing, and I
also contribute to several local charities.
SLC: What's the one thing we'd be surprised to learn about you?
DC: How much I rely on others to get
things done! —

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