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George Hollwedel
 

Awful news. Richard helped many times with my projects. I will mis talking old English sports cars with him as well.

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Re: Richard Hendrickson

np328
 

    I too am stunned by the news of Richard’s passing. As Bill wrote, this is not the news one likes to start the day with.

 

     I had talked to Richard perhaps two or three months ago about sending scans of trucks and truck frames from builders car folios to help amp up his truck information site. I now read in these recent posts that other had projects in the works with him. I could ask how he found the time - however after interacting with him, it seems just like Richard. He was very involved and you could feel his love, his passion, for it all as he talked to you.

 

    I was also surprised how much Richard could tell me about the cars of my railroad or any other railroads, and as others have noted, openly shared it. In the past I would send a query to him and back would come a prompt reply.  

 

   In addition while researching I would find data that I would feel was significant and new only to find months or years later while paging through an older periodical, Richard had already been there.

 

I am stunned, and humbled, by his passing.                    James Dick - Roseville, MN.


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Mark.Rossiter@...
 

There's little I can add to what has already been said of Richard.  Like many on the STMFC group, I never met Richard face to face, but I eagerly gobbled up whatever he had to say and wherever he said it.  He always responded quickly to the several private e-mails I sent him asking about what trucks would have been appropriate for a given freight car.  99.99% of the time when Richard spoke on any given topic, it was the gospel truth.  He was always quick to correct himself or admit an inaccurate statement when the 00.01 occasion arose. 

 

One of the things I admired most about Richard was that he was brutally honest in his reviews of products in the national modeling magazines.  He was not afraid to call out inaccurate or clunky details on models from manufacturers who should (and probably did) know better.  It was obvious from the sudden disappearance of his reviews in the leading magazines that he had been invited to NOT submit any more material unless he was less blunt about whatever flaws he observed.  It was clear he would not compromise on his principles as his reviews began appearing elsewhere.  Honesty is just one aspect of the legacy he left for all of us.

 

Rest in Peace Richard, and may you encounter no friction - uh, I mean solid bearings on your journey.

 

Mark Rossiter 


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Bill Schneider
 

This is certainly not the way that I wanted to start today off… Like many others I am terribly saddened by Richard’s passing. On a personal level, I will miss the numerous conversations about wine, cars, planes, travel and many other topics that we had in common. On a professional level, I have lost one of my trusted advisors and resources for freight car projects. We have all lost a great man.

 

My condolences and best wishes to Sandra and the family.

 

Bill Schneider

Rapido Trains

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 4:50 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Richard Hendrickson

 

 

Vow, very sad news. :-(

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Hobi Point
 

Vow, very sad news. :-(
My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Paul Doggett <paul.doggett2472@...>
 

This indeed is very sad news he was a mine of information which was always willing to share a great loss to us all 
Paul Doggett 
England


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"Tony Thompson tony@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:
 

I have just heard the terribly sad news that Richard died in a fall a couple of days ago. I don't know any details. Richard was a marvelously well-informed historian and modeler, and always very generous with his time and information to anyone who needed help. An awful lot of us will miss him greatly.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
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Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Richard Hendrickson

James Evans
 

  Tony, 
   I didn't know Richard well But was always Gracious  and kind to us ( less than perfect ) modelers.
 he will be missed.
 RIP Richard
 
Jim Evans
 

In a message dated 7/1/2014 7:22:53 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, STMFC@... writes:
 

I have just heard the terribly sad news that Richard died in a fall a couple of days ago. I don't know any details. Richard was a marvelously well-informed historian and modeler, and always very generous with his time and information to anyone who needed help. An awful lot of us will miss him greatly.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, tony@...
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Thomas Olsen <tmolsen@...>
 

Reading Tony's post regarding the passing of Richard is most
distressing. We have lost a great historian and friend. He was
always generous with his time and knowledge of freight cars, always
willing to help those of us who needed assistance, not expecting
anything in return. His articles and books on freight cars and
railroad history, especially that of the Santa Fe, and his advocacy in
setting the standards for prototype modeling will be his legacy.

All of us will sorely miss seeing him at Lisle, Cocoa Beach and other
RPMs. We will miss his talks and his stories and humor. Rest in
Peace, Richard! My most sincere condolences to Sandra and his family!

Tom Olsen
7 Boundary Road
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7479
(302) 738-4292
tmolsen@udel.edu



On 7/2/14, David Sieber ealabhan0@live.com [STMFC]
<STMFC@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
Friends,
I am stunned and immensely saddened by this news. Richard has been an
inspiration to me for decades, since the early days of Prototype Modeler and
his WestRail conversion kits. We have lost a pioneer of the prototype
modeling movement, a highly knowledgeable and respected historian and
modeler, and a true gentleman who was quick to share his expertise and
extensive prototype resources with others. He will be missed by the many
who got to know him through RPM meets, his many articles and other
publications, and Yahoo groups. My sincere condolences to Sandra, and to
those friends and colleagues who've enjoyed a long and close association
with him.
Dave Sieber, Reno NV










Re: Richard Hendrickson

dh30973
 

Richard will be truly missed by all. He is someone who has given so much to the hobby, with his vast knowledge and willingness to share it.
My first remembrance of him was, I think, at a 1986 SFMO meet at a church in Huntington Beach, California. Richard was giving a clinic in the main meeting room. Here from the back of the room comes this long haired guy in a flowing white poet shirt with the billowy sleeves and a man purse. Quite an impression among the usual train tee shirt crowd.
During the 1994 Santa Fe convention in San Diego, I was at that time modeling contemporary Santa Fe. However the railroad had just announced their intention to merge with the Burlington Northern. Richard while looking over my models announced: "Well Hussey, looks like you just became a period modeler". He was right. 
Over those almost 30 years we have shared meals and stories about trains, airplanes, beer, wine   and European travel once or twice a year at the various RPM and society meets. I will truly miss him. My thoughts and condolences go out to Sandra.

Dave Hussey


Re: Richard Hendrickson

David Sieber
 

Friends,
     I am stunned and immensely saddened by this news.  Richard has been an inspiration to me for decades, since the early days of Prototype Modeler and his WestRail conversion kits.  We have lost a pioneer of the prototype modeling movement, a highly knowledgeable and respected historian and modeler, and a true gentleman who was quick to share his expertise and extensive prototype resources with others.  He will be missed by the many who got to know him through RPM meets, his many articles and other publications, and Yahoo groups.  My sincere condolences to Sandra, and to those friends and colleagues who've enjoyed a long and close association with him.
Dave Sieber, Reno NV
 



Re: Richard Hendrickson

jon miller <atsfus@...>
 

Richard was a good friend. He gave so much for history and the hobby.

--

Jon Miller
For me time stopped in 1941
Digitrax--Chief/Zephyr systems, JMRI User
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Paul Deis
 

So very sad, a loss to us all.

Thank You Richard for all you have given to all of us. May you rest in peace


Paul Deis
D&P Mountain Railroad
SP Santa Margarita Sub





Re: Richard Hendrickson

Tom Madden
 

Terrible, dismaying and shocking news. Richard will be missed not only for his expertise, but for his advocacy for excellence in prototype modeling. As Tony says, Richard was beyond generous in sharing his thoughts, ideas and information. That's been taken from us, but his standards and notions of what we should be striving for will be kept alive. He leaves behind almost 2000 survivors on this list alone. 


What a life he had - and what a marvelous legacy he's left us. Behind my sorrow I feel the urge to offer a standing ovation for Richard, for his work, for his friendship and for his inspiration. Gail and I offer our condolences to Sandra.


Tom Madden


Richard Hendrickson

Mikebrock
 

The STMFC, RPM in general, Prototype Rails, certainly various historical and modeling organizations [ led, of course, by the Santa Fe ] and many other model railroading groups have lost a giant among their members. Many of us have lost a dear friend as well and his passing will be difficult to take.

I would just say that, among the several thousand STMFC members, I only referred to one by his first name alone...Richard. Everyone knew who I was referring to. Let me add that I can also say that, without Richard, there would not have been a Steam Era Freight Car Group.

Mike Brock


Re: Richard Hendrickson

MDelvec952
 


Wow, shocking indeed. Words fail.

His gifts to the freight car community are immeasurable.

So very sad, for Sandra, and for all of us                    ....Mike Del Vecchio



-----Original Message-----
From: westerfieldalfred@... [STMFC]
To: STMFC
Sent: Tue, Jul 1, 2014 11:00 pm
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Richard Hendrickson

 
Shocking news.  Richard just ask to friend me on my new Facebook page.  He wrote of his future plans on his.  He was the finest freight car historian in America, perhaps the world.  He cannot be replaced.  My deepest sympathies to Sandra. – Al Westerfield
 
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:22 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Richard Hendrickson
 
 
I have just heard the terribly sad news that Richard died in a fall a couple of days ago. I don't know any details. Richard was a marvelously well-informed historian and modeler, and always very generous with his time and information to anyone who needed help. An awful lot of us will miss him greatly.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, tony@...
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Jared Harper
 

Gee!  I have known Richard since the 1960s when the Santa Fe Modelers Association was formed and he was known as Dick Hendrickson.  He was a contributor of information on freight cars then.  His knowledge of freight cars seemed encyclopedic and he had much of that information on  the cuff.  If you asked him a question he had an answer.  He was also immensely helpful after I formed the Santa Fe Modelers Organization when the SFMA folded.  He had an article to contribute to nearly every issue. When  the SFMO and the Santa Fe Railway Historical Society morphed into the SFRH&MS he continued his great contribution in The Warbonnet.  What many may not know is that Richard was also very knowledgeable about Santa Fe steam locomotives and provided information and drawings to the early importer Balboa to produce the 1800 class 2-6-2 and the 1480 class 4-4-2.  When I needed information for detailing the Key Imports Santa Fe 2-6-2s he supplied it, diagrams and parts numbers.  I will be forever indebted to Richard Hendrickson and will miss him sorely

Jared Harper
Athens, GA.


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Steve and Barb Hile
 

What stunningly sad news!  I can only echo what so many others have said.  I have never known anyone who was so broadly knowledgeable AND so willing to share his resources.  We shall all miss his expertise and his humor.  We have been privileged to have known him.  My deepest sympathy to his family.

 

Steve Hile

 


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Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:23 PM
To: STMFC@...
Cc: Espee List; Greg Martin; Bob Church; Ray DeBlieck; Otis McGee
Subject: [STMFC] Richard Hendrickson

 

 

I have just heard the terribly sad news that Richard died in a fall a couple of days ago. I don't know any details. Richard was a marvelously well-informed historian and modeler, and always very generous with his time and information to anyone who needed help. An awful lot of us will miss him greatly.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, tony@...
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Keith Jordan
 

To All,

I'm deeply saddened by the news of Richard's passing. I first met Richard in 1984 at a Santa Fe convention. Richard was generous with his freight car knowledge, which as others have noted, was unsurpassed. I always enjoyed our friendship and shared love of freight cars, all things Santa Fe, sailing, car racing and flying airplanes. I even had the pleasure of flying with Richard up to his (then) house in Sonoma, where I stayed with him and Sandra, and on up to Dunsmuir. He was a superb pilot as some of you know. 

I will miss him, as will we all.

Keith Jordan


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Steve SANDIFER
 

I am shocked. I emailed Richard last night for information on a project. He was so gracious, so helpful. We roomed together at several Santa Fe Conventions and he was just as gracious there as on this site.  We were originally to room together at the Santa Fe convention in a couple of weeks, but then he remembered a family event that would cause a partial conflict.  I am truly sorry and will miss him so much. He cannot be replaced.
______________
J. Stephen (Steve) Sandifer
mailto:steve.sandifer@...
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:22 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Richard Hendrickson

 

I have just heard the terribly sad news that Richard died in a fall a couple of days ago. I don't know any details. Richard was a marvelously well-informed historian and modeler, and always very generous with his time and information to anyone who needed help. An awful lot of us will miss him greatly.

Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705 www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937; e-mail, tony@...
Publishers of books on railroad history


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Tangent Scale Models
 

Thank you for sharing this Tony.  It is shocking.  

I first met Richard in 1995 or 1996 - whenever the first Sunshine meet was in Chicago - where he took the time to teach a young whipper-snapper many of the "hard to learn before the internet" nuances of steam era freight cars over 20+ years, and why understanding those things is important.  He also helped me validate my more recent theories about the importance of offering General American tankcar models due to their pure statistical relevance compared to those from other builders, even when virtually no hard data nor drawings exist to produce them. 

I also really enjoyed hearing about Richard's other avocations: teaching and flying.  He lived life the way we all should:  enjoy learning, work hard, play hard, and build models.

RIP Richard.  You will be missed.

David Lehlbach
(Tangent Scale Models)

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