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Re: Richard Hendrickson

ed_mines
 

Add my name to the list. We have lost our undisputed leader.

 

Dr. Hendrickson was modest too.

 

I first learned about him from Prototype Modeler.

 

Remember Richard's kits?

 

Ed Mines



Re: Richard Hendrickson

John Riddell
 

I am very sad to learn of Richard’s passing. He was a wonderful, friendly, helpful man as so many have noted. It is a great loss.
 
John Riddell


Re: ATSF "B" End of FE-22 Autocars

Tim O'Connor
 

Tom I have a photo but it's from an oblique angle. I don't know how
much you can discern from it.

Tim O'

I am looking for a photo of the "B" end of a Santa Fe FE-22 double
door box car. Photos of the "A" end with the end door are in the
books, but no "B" end. There are photos of the "B " of the FE-23 and
FE-24 in the Santa Fe publication " Furniture and Automobile Box Cars"
which Richard Hendrickson had authored. Apparently at the time of
publication, Richard did not have a photo of the "B" end available
either.

I have searched through all the Warbonnets and its' predecessor, the
Santa Fe Modeler with no luck there either. Can anyone tell me if the
"B" end of the FE-22 (ribs, brake gear, ladders and grab irons) are
the same as that of the FE-23 and Fe-24?

Tom Olsen
7 Boundary Road
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7476

(302) 738-4292
tmolsen@udel.edu


Re: Richard Hendrickson

water.kresse@...
 

Where did he live?  I've only communicated with him via e-mail . . . unless I met him at Naperville.  Now 70 my memory for faces and names at events seems wanting.  He was a trusted source of historical information.
Al Kresse


From: "Steam Era Frt Car Group"
To: "Steam Era Frt Car Group" Sent: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:41:41 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Richard Hendrickson

 

Sad news indeed!   A great, great loss to our modeling community.  I had the benefit of Richard's knowledge and sharing ways directly via scans of cars for projects, his seminars, and indirectly via his numerous articles in various publications. I am glad I was able to meet and speak with him in Naperville.

My condolences to his family.    I hope that when news of a memorial if established by the family is available,  a person when aware of the information will make it available to this group.

RIP Richard.  Lester Breuer

  



Re: Richard Hendrickson

bnpmodeler
 

This is such profoundly sad news. Dr. Hendrickson was so generous and quick to offer that _exact_ photo you needed to finish that project... Though I never met him in person, I'll forever be grateful to him for helping me out a few times... My most sincere condolences to his family and to all of his many, many friends.

Jim Harr
High Bridge, NJ


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Bill Decker
 

Thank you Tony for publishing the sad news of Richard's passing.  The breadth of responses from all on this list and others speak loudly of Richard's influence.  Quite simply, he helped found ALL of the prototype modeling movement of today.  Whether we model 1892 or 2014 or anything in between, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Richard.  I refer to him by first name only here, as our moderator so rightly pointed out there has never been any confusion who we mean.  First-name-only also reflects on his generous and friendly spirit.

Rather than carry on further here, I humbly note I've posted further comments on my blog at:  

That blog and the railroad empire it describes likely would not exist without Richard's influence.

Bill Decker
 


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Gary Roe
 


Well said Marty.

As with all of you, Richard has helped me with various information over the years.  The first time I contacted him, he didn't know me from Adam; but he took the time to answer.  At the next Naperville RPM, he sought me out to visit a while.

I certainly was not looking forward to this news.

gary roe
quincy, illinois



From: "mjmcguirk@... [STMFC]"
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:55 AM
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Re: Richard Hendrickson

 
Many academics have been model railroaders over the years, but Richard truly had the heart and soul of a teacher. And that's not something that's easily found. His hobby legacy wasn't a complete detailed model railroad that was featured in books, magazines in videos. Instead, his hobby legacy exists in the form of the freight cars on every other model railroad.
Rest in peace.
 
Marty McGuirk
 
 

 



Re: ATSF "B" End of FE-22 Autocars

Thomas Olsen <tmolsen@...>
 

List:

I am looking for a photo of the "B" end of a Santa Fe FE-22 double
door box car. Photos of the "A" end with the end door are in the
books, but no "B" end. There are photos of the "B " of the FE-23 and
FE-24 in the Santa Fe publication " Furniture and Automobile Box Cars"
which Richard Hendrickson had authored. Apparently at the time of
publication, Richard did not have a photo of the "B" end available
either.

I have searched through all the Warbonnets and its' predecessor, the
Santa Fe Modeler with no luck there either. Can anyone tell me if the
"B" end of the FE-22 (ribs, brake gear, ladders and grab irons) are
the same as that of the FE-23 and Fe-24?

Tom Olsen
7 Boundary Road
Newark, Delaware, 19711-7476

(302) 738-4292
tmolsen@udel.edu


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Craig Zeni
 

Those of you who didn't know Richard missed a treat. He was wry, sharp, and was perfectly happy to share that knowledge with anybody that asked of him. At Cocoa Beach he was always in conversations with others about aircraft or especially freight cars. His willingness to share sets a great example for all of us with information on locomotives or freight cars or whatever; too many folks sit on it like it's gold. Warren Calloway taught me to share my photos; Richard by his actions reinforced it.

Craig Zeni
Cary NC


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Andy Harman
 

Richard was a larger than life figure in prototype modeling, not just in his modeling, articles, books, and clinics but in his passion for the prototype modeling concept and spreading the gospel to the like-minded everywhere. I'm privileged to have known him, worked with him promoting RPM and RPM meets, as well as debating him - as anyone who ever had cause knows he was a formidable opponent with words. I probably met Richard at the 1995 or 96 Naperville meet, but my first real dealing with him was at the legendary Burger King Summit of March, 1997. Those who were there remember. It came about from my beleaguered attempt to "organize" RPM. Whether it had any impact or not will never be known, but Richard participated and gave his blessing and today there are independent RPM meets all over the U.S. and Canada, too many for one person to attend all of them. This is Richard's legacy that I hope will continue to thrive, along with his other works.

Andy


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Tim O'Connor
 

I don't remember the exact first time that I met Richard. But I do remember
the first time I went to his freight cars clinic. He had me in stitches, he
was so merciless about "Blue Box Bozos" and his titanic excoriations of
Athearn were just hilarious. I guess you'd call it "serious fun" because
many of Richard's Westrail kits (my first true craftsman kits) were upgrades
on Athearn models. My files include letters and photocopied photographs of
freight cars that Richard sent me -- the first one was the old Model Die
Casting low side metal gondola -- which Richard told me was a Southern car
and sent me roster information and several photos. He inspired me to no end.
And of course as everyone here says, he was unfailingly generous, enthusiastic,
kind, and just plain fun.

I'm reminded of Lincoln's words -- "It is for us the living, rather, to be
dedicated here to the unfinished work which [Richard] so nobly advanced."

No backsliding! The teacher has left the room, but he'd definitely want us
to continue our studies and continue to spread our knowledge and passion.

Tim O'Connor


Richard Hendrickson

Charlie Vlk
 

 

Many do not realize the huge behind the scenes impact Richard Hendrickson had on the Hobby of Model Railroading.

You could count on him for prompt, comprehensive and accurate information for projects that made it possible for a number of manufacturers to raise the bar and produce accurate models that were needed.

He will be very much missed.

 

Charlie Vlk

Railroad Model Resources


Re: Richard Hendrickson

frograbbit602
 

Sad news indeed!   A great, great loss to our modeling community.  I had the benefit of Richard's knowledge and sharing ways directly via scans of cars for projects, his seminars, and indirectly via his numerous articles in various publications. I am glad I was able to meet and speak with him in Naperville.

My condolences to his family.    I hope that when news of a memorial if established by the family is available,  a person when aware of the information will make it available to this group.

RIP Richard.  Lester Breuer

  


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Dennis Storzek
 

Richard was one of the early visionaries who saw that it was possible to ferret out the kind of data that makes prototype modeling possible. Back in the pre-internet days, he was one of the organizers of the Freight Car Data eXxhange, FCDX, a chain letter group for the explicit purpose of gathering data on freight cars. The idea was a standard form that mas mailed from person to person, each adding whatever he could. The second time around, everyone could make copies of the data thus gathered. Somehow I got on the mailing list, likely due to my couple modeling articles in RMC, and that was the start of three decades of occasional correspondence with Richard.

Of course, with the advent of the internet, we know do this with the speed of light.

My condo lances to Sandra and the family.

Dennis Storzek
Accurail, Inc.


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Staffan Ehnbom <staffan.ehnbom@...>
 

How very sad! What a loss! Like many have witnessed, I feel that Richard was the friendliest and most generous man I have known inside or outside the hobby. Like others of his guests I have also been treated to the delight of a railfan flight around the Oakland Bay area. And I was honored to work with him on the freight car chapter of the GN "Lines East" book. He treated freight car research in a scientific manner. What a man! He seems irreplacable.
 
Staffan Ehnbom
Sweden
 
 

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


Richard Hendrickson

FRANK PEACOCK
 

       I met Richard at his home in Cotati in the spring of 1973 on what was my last road trip before leaving the army.  We had corresponded for a while and I realized after I met him that he was actually doing what I had been only thinking about: using prototype information to build accurate freight car models.  I also learned that he was a man with lots of interests such as flying, travel, Shakespeare, etc.  An interesting person to talk to and a true friend.  My condolence to Sandra and the rest of his family.  I will miss him. FHP (Frank H. Peacock)


Re: Richard Hendrickson

SamClarke
 

When I opened my e-mails this morning I seen all the posts with "Richard Hendrickson" in the subject line and knew without opening any that something terrible has happened to Richard. Sadly I opened Tony's posting and seen the shockingly sad news. Ever since Richard moved to Ashland I've got to know him quite well. I've traveled with him and Sandra, flew with him, visited his home, conversed with him many many times, and never have met a more open, kind, and generous man than Richard.  I know that Richards mobility was not what it once was after his knee replacement but that didn't slow him down any at all.  
 
What a huge void he has left that, sadly, will never be filled. He live life to it's fullest.
 
Our sincere condolences to Sandra and his family.

Sam Clarke
Kadee Quality Products

Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 7:22 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

Craig Bisgeier
 

Simply awful news.  We have truly lost a great one.

I met Richard only once, at a Cocoa Beach meet a few years back.  I sought him out to thank him for his work on prototype waybills, as I was able to build my waybill-based car forwarding program on a great deal of his work.  He seemed very excited about it and genuinely glad I'd found his work so helpful.  I wish I had completed it in time for him to try it out, I think he would have really enjoyed it (and I'm sure it would have produced pages of notes with suggestions for improvements, which would have been very welcome).

I did not know him well but I'll miss him as will we all.
 
Craig Bisgeier
Clifton, NJ
 
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Re: Richard Hendrickson

Jim Betz
 

Hi,

I rarely comment on the passing of fellow
modelers - Richard is an exception. I knew
Richard mostly from this very list, but I also
had the good fortune to attend several of
his clinics and to talk with him 1-on-1 from
time to time.

Richard was a resource. Most of us that have
studied freight cars or the Santa Fe owe a large
part - in fact I'll go so far as to the "the largest
part" - of what we know to Richard. Not always
directly - but Richard always inspired others to
learn, research, and to

reach for higher levels of prototypical
accuracy in our modeling.

That was and is Richard's legacy. We have all
been influenced by or learned directly from
Richard ... and those he helped.

Said in another way - I used to "just replace the
drop steps, grabs, trucks, etc." on my models.
Not all of them but some of them.
Thanks to Richard - and the rest of you - I now
take the time to research "what should I be
using for my replacement details ... as in -which-
drop step, grab, truck, etc. ... is prototypically
correct for the car I happen to be working on.

- Thank you - Richard (and all) ... I have
always been humbled and inspired by
your long list of contributions ... Jim Betz


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Joseph
 

Tough news. AS a complete and utter freight car newbie, I posted on the old freight car list a question about the Atheran Gon, to which Richard kindly responded(including the "Train Set bozos" phrase that many find so, umm, amusing?) that I should probably look hard at my freight car fleet. Now have just a couple of blue box kits left on the layout, and a lot more resin kits...

What a great guy, who shared what ever knowledge he had amassed, was a mentor of model railroading to so many, and allowed me to tag along on a lunch excursion at a Naperville of years past.

All model railroaders need to thank him for at least part of the "Golden Age" of more accurate freight cars available now.

Clear skies or Green signals, Richard


Joe Binish
New Hope, MN

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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@signaturepress.com
Publishers of books on railroad history






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