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Richard Hendrickson, RIP

Don Valentine <riverman_vt@...>
 

It has been twenty-four hours since Tony's note on Richard's passing was read the first thing yesterday morning and I am still in a state of shock. Thank you for letting us all know, Tony, even if it was not good news. For me Richard's
passing is just one too many over the last year but such is life.

I believe it was Gordon Cannon and Ron Perez who introduced me to Richard briefly when he was passing through the hotel lobby during the NMRA National in Eugene, OR in 1987. We had but a few minutes to chat but they were
not to be forgotten. In the early 1990's a friend and consummate "kitbasher" had a couple of questions we could not resolve in our frequent telephone conversations. Thus I suggested he contact Richard. The fellow being a "lone wolf" modeler and without a computer asked how he could do that. I found Richard's telephone number for him and within a half hour he telephoned me back and could not thank me enough for putting him in direct contact with Richard. This friend had a stroke while I was in Russia in early 2000 but bounced back very quickly from it. Unfortunately he had a second one the second time I was in Russia that year from which he has never recovered well. He is still with us but has never addressed anyone by name since, though he seems to recognize people, and is obviously far from participating in the hobby that unites us all.

It was in Napierville that fall, IIRC, that Richard and I finally had an opportunity to really converse, other than on the telpehone on occasion. During that meeting he asked what had happened to our mutual friend whom he, too, enjoyed telephone chats with from time to time after their first such converation. When told what had happened Richard seemed as saddened as we all are with the news of his passing. Everyone has noted what a great historian and modeler he was and how helpful he was to everyone in the hobby whom he ever seems to have met. But I think something may have been overlooked in this. To me it was not just the way Richard was with those of us who share in the hobby. It was the way he approached life, which I suspect was very much the same with anyone he met. He was the epitome of Will Rogers in that I doubt he ever met a person he didn't like even if he did not suffer fools easily. The world in recent years needs a lot more people with
a soul like Richard's. It is certainly a poorer place from his loss.

My deepest sympathy to Sandra, his family and close friends, Don Valentine


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Andy Harman
 

My favorite quote from Richard, in response to a manufacturer saying "The rivet counting must stop":

"The rivet counting will continue!"

May it continue, unabated.

Andy


Re: R. Henderson Memorial?

tjcataldo
 

santa  fe modeler convention coming up im sure lots of good words will be given to the passing of Richard Hendrickson

          tom


On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM, lnnrr152@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:
 

We are grieving the loss of friend and mentor Richard Hendrickson. It is very well that we should do so for a guiding light has been taken from us.

I am thinking that one of the best things we could do in his memory is to strive to keep alive the flame that he lit for us.  A common thread of the many responses to his passing was his capacity to share and teach.

Perhaps at one or several of the RPM meets that he inspired should be a Richard Hendrickson Memorial Clinic.  A clinic chosen by the leadership of the meet that reflects the values he has shown us.  The clinic might be on research, authorship, or how to prepare and present a clinic.   Any of these topics and many other topics as well would honor his memory. 

Other means of honoring him might serve as well or better, but this is the one that has occurred to me.


Thank you, Richard, from all of us.


Chuck Peck






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Thomas  j Cataldo


R. Henderson Memorial?

Charles Peck
 

We are grieving the loss of friend and mentor Richard Hendrickson. It is very well that we should do so for a guiding light has been taken from us.

I am thinking that one of the best things we could do in his memory is to strive to keep alive the flame that he lit for us.  A common thread of the many responses to his passing was his capacity to share and teach.

Perhaps at one or several of the RPM meets that he inspired should be a Richard Hendrickson Memorial Clinic.  A clinic chosen by the leadership of the meet that reflects the values he has shown us.  The clinic might be on research, authorship, or how to prepare and present a clinic.   Any of these topics and many other topics as well would honor his memory. 

Other means of honoring him might serve as well or better, but this is the one that has occurred to me.


Thank you, Richard, from all of us.


Chuck Peck




Re: Richard Hendrickson

Mark
 

Tony thank you for sharing this sad note. I must say I never met Richard. My shock came a few years ago when Mr. Hendrickson answered a email I posted on this group, nearly fell out of my computer chair. His modeling and knowledge was astounding. Hopefully we can follow his kindness.
Most of all may the Lord touch his wife.

Sincerely, Mark Morgan


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Dick Harley
 

How terribly sad.

I was with Dave Hussey at those 1980's Huntington Beach, CA modeling meets when we met Richard. His WestRail kits (along with Tony's RMC articles) started me down the path of researching PFE reefers. He helped me a lot. As others have said, it was always good to see him.

In addition to his enormous influence on standard gauge prototype railroad modeling, I hope his legacy will include setting the standard and prompting others to share the information they have.

Though a significant and premature loss, we are privileged to have known and been influenced by Richard.

Condolences to his family and close friends.


Dick Harley
Laguna Beach, CA


Re: Empty/load sensor for braking

David
 

Virginian in particular seemed to like E&L brakes in its earlier years, opting for them on its WW1-era G-2 and H-4 classes (and removed them around 1931), plus the battleship gons. Most railroads tried to avoid them, though, due to the added complexity and expense. When the AAR made them a "Recommended Practice" in 1936 for cars with a rated capacity more than 3x their light weight, N&W took the simple expedient of relettering its hoppers from 115,000 lbs to 100,000 lbs to avoid equipping its cars with E&L brakes.

David Thompson


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

 

Tom, Owning 2 Sunshine mini-kits, the Fe-22 and Fe-23 have the same ends. The Fe-24 has the 1937 ends, the 22/23 have the squashed Dreadnaughts.

Rich Christie


On Wednesday, July 2, 2014 2:53 PM, "Tim O'Connor timboconnor@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 

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@...

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Re: Richard Hendrickson

 

I am saddened and shocked to hear this. Richard was always there when I needed an answer. I met him at Naperville about five years ago. One of the greatest one can ever meet.

We are all going to miss him.

My prayers go out to Richard's family.

Sincerely,
Rich Christie


On Wednesday, July 2, 2014 4:47 PM, "richtownsend@... [STMFC]" wrote:


 
We have lost a guiding light and a wonderful person.  His contributions have changed the hobby.  I met and talked with him in person only a few times but will treasure them.  One of those meetings especially impressed me with his dedication and spirit.  We were walking in from the parking lot to the building before a Rails By The River RPM meet in Salem, OR.  He told me he had flown up from his home in Ashland, OR, but arrived above Salem to find the airport closed due to fog.  So he flew back to Ashland and then got in his car and drove up to Salem, a distance of 240 miles.  Lesser persons would not have made the drive.
 
Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon
 
  



Re: Richard Hendrickson

Richard Townsend
 

We have lost a guiding light and a wonderful person.  His contributions have changed the hobby.  I met and talked with him in person only a few times but will treasure them.  One of those meetings especially impressed me with his dedication and spirit.  We were walking in from the parking lot to the building before a Rails By The River RPM meet in Salem, OR.  He told me he had flown up from his home in Ashland, OR, but arrived above Salem to find the airport closed due to fog.  So he flew back to Ashland and then got in his car and drove up to Salem, a distance of 240 miles.  Lesser persons would not have made the drive.
 
Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon
 
  


Re: Freight Car Roofs

ed_mines
 

Jared,

 

I am that nut. Please contact me offline.

 

Appologies to everyone else; again could not figure out how to contact someone offline.

 

Ed Mines

 


 


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@...


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@...


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

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