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"Off the Clock" is a series of articles about RailWorks employees and the hobbies and interests we pursue outside of work.

It's not about the recogntion; it's about the reward of helping someone else. That’s the perspective of RailWorks Recruiter Cynthia Perez who works in the Deer Park, TX, office.
Every now and then, a band with a gig in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area will tap Ralph Weber to come play guitar. Ralph spends his work time as a RailWorks safety professional, but occasionally his play time consists of performing with fellow musicians.
When the Great Recession took hold in 2008, it prompted Beth Kellum to find a new and meaningful endeavor that would connect her to her community. She ended up as a member of the Board of Education in her hometown of Clayton, NJ.
Some people leave work and look for escapes unrelated to their jobs. PNR RailWorks’ Doug Wodhams is not one of those people. When the signal maintainer isn’t keeping customers’ trains running, he is maintaining his own extensive model railroad.   
 
RailWorks' J.P. Onhiser is an accomplished angler who, when he's not working on bridges, is often found fishing. As the owner-operator of Hookin-Em Up Fishin guide service, J.P. helps his clients haul in crappie and other fresh-water fish from lakes in southern Illinois.
In the case of PNR RailWorks Assistant Project Manager Graeme Lue Qui, patience and persistence are paying off as he works to advance as an amateur triathlete.
 
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We need to live life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror. Bad things happen to everybody. We have to pick ourselves up and move forward.”
 
When RailWorks Area Manager Randy Ruppert sits down to engrave metal, he loses himself in the art.
 

For a group of PNR RailWorks employees who apparently do not get enough time in the cold during their winter work months, the ice beckons.

For John August, time spent in home gardens as a boy gave root to a growing love of gardening that he pursues today.

In the tradition of up-and-coming entertainers, RailWorks’ Kaitee Carney was on a family vacation in California, strumming a guitar and singing from a hotel balcony, when she was “discovered.”
Fleet Manager Ginger Raglin does plenty while she’s in the St. Louis region office in Bridgeton, MO. In any given day she is likely to be juggling several different responsibilities for the company. But when Ginger is not in the office, she likes to take a break from managing vehicles to hit the open road with her husband on their motorcycles.
At the end of many work days, RailWorks Financial Manager Dave Green sets aside financial stats for a Fender Strat and other instruments, as well as recording hardware and software, to create and record music in his basement.
Longtime construction pro R.T. Swindall has taken his passion for and expertise with “infrastructure” to a new level outside of RailWorks. Find out how R.T. and a network of associates in multiple countries are helping in underdeveloped and/or disaster-stricken areas of the world.
By his own account, Glenn Hartrick is obsessed with triathlons. That’s been the case since 2012. For the five years prior to that, he was merely “hooked” on being an endurance athlete. Nowadays he competes in around 30 endurance races annually.
A couple of RailWorks managers are using their leadership skills to help govern their communities. Barron Williamson and Stewart Hoffman use their time off the clock to serve as city councilmen.