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Re: Richard Hendrickson

Armand Premo
 

Nicely said..A Premo

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Sent: Friday, July 04, 2014 10:53 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Richard Hendrickson

 

The greatest tragedy of Richard's death is that at 83, he was still a person of physical vitality (to my knowledge, he still flew aerobatics in his own Citabria airplane), and his undiminished productive mind continued on at a pace that those younger might only envy. He was not ready to yet wind down his life; nor was there any need that I last knew about to actually consider doing so.


The Big Hole in his productive life, as many of his railroad friends and students might see it, was that he never produced a Magnum Opus, THE FREIGHT CAR BOOK, that would have summarized for posterity the vast amount of data that he accumulated over a lifetime of interest, and which only exists in part in widely scattered publications, most of which were low-volume (even by our standards) and defunct to boot. The high value of such accumulated knowledge and data only gains the high acclaim that posterity requires when it is actually published for wide critical review.   Richard always explained to me that he was  reluctant to do so  because railroad interests were only a part of his everyday life; and in his retirement, his devotion to flying and aerobatics (for instance) quite often took precedence, if only because advancing age of pilots and the FAA eventually close at a single point.

I believe that it is safe to say that the  person closest to Richard in the sharing of railroad interests in general, and freight car interests in particular, is Tony Thompson; and at some appropriate and respectful time, I would hope that he might weigh in on how Richard would have liked to have made all of this knowledge available to those who follow.

R.I.P.

Denny



    


Denny S. Anspach MD
Okoboji, IA





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Re: Notes About Richard

Tony Thompson
 

Sandra has been reading them on Richard’s computer.       Tony Thompson


On Jul 3, 2014, at 4:53 PM, gary roe wabashrr@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:


I was wondering if there is someone who has been collecting all the notes that have been written about Richard over the last couple days, with the intent to forward them to his family by some means.  I am sure that they would appreciate knowing how much WE appreciated him.  Just a thought.

gary roe
quincy, illinois













Re: Richard Hendrickson

cj riley <cjriley42@...>
 

I have hesitated to respond since it could easily be repetitious, but Richard was a great help with the freight car chapter in my book. In the end, I could only think of an expression I have heard:

"When someone dies, a library burns."

Never more appropriate than now. RIP Richard.


CJ Riley
Port Ludlow WA

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Re: Richard Hendrickson

rwitt_2000
 

Richard's passing is sad news indeed. Richard was a friend and colleague. He was full of life with much more to give.

He was a trained academic and that is how he treated the study of steam era freight cars.

Richard will be missed.

Bob Witt


Re: WTB Intermountain kit # 40799, AAR 1937 box car

John Barry
 

Found, thanks to your knowledge and generosity I have sourced my core kits.  Now to live fully and get them built for Fresno!  Richard's untimely passing is teaching us another life lesson, The Teacher continues to educate us even in his absence.
 
John Barry


ATSF North Bay Lines
Golden Gates & Fast Freights


707-490-9696


3450 Palmer Drive, Suite 4224
Cameron Park, CA 95682


From: "John Barry northbaylines@... [STMFC]"
To: STMFC ; "Shake_N_Take@..."
Sent: Friday, July 4, 2014 7:14 AM
Subject: [STMFC] WTB Intermountain kit # 40799, AAR 1937 box car

 
Needed to complete my Bx-28 and Bx-31.  I received a pair of Centralia Car Shops kits from Des Plains, but when I dug into them last night I discovered not only do they have the fixed ends that need to be sawed off, they came with the Viking roof.  All wrong for the ATSF cars.  I'll have to save them for another day.  This will be my first serious kitbash and I'm not quite up to whacking the ends off on my first go.  Andy Carlson has some on order, but has been told they will ship "some time" which helps neither of us.

Any one have one or two of the Intermountain 40799 you are willing to part with?  I would like to have the build for the ATSFRRH&MS convention in Fresno, but am seriously running out of time.  Also am willing to do a production position swap as they do in the airline industry and purchase you a future replacement for a kit now.



 
John Barry


ATSF North Bay Lines
Golden Gates & Fast Freights


707-490-9696


3450 Palmer Drive, Suite 4224
Cameron Park, CA 95682



Re: Richard Hendrickson

MARK OLSTYN
 

I met Richard early on at Naperville and had the the privilege to talk with him a couple of times. He truly was an exceptional person. The depth of his knowledge was amazing. As much as his loss to the modeling world is, is it possible to create a compendium of all the railroading comments he made to this list and others who received information from him, with the real facts according to Richard Hendrickson. An awful lot of railroad knowledge passed with him and we'll never be able to ask him any more questions. Could this knowledge be compiled some how before it's lost for all time? It would be a great tribute to him.
                                                                                                    Mark Olstyn
                                                                                                    Grosse Pointe Park, MI    


Re: Commemorative Richard Hendrickson Built

jon miller <atsfus@...>
 

On 7/4/2014 6:27 AM, Charlie Duckworth omahaduck@... [STMFC] wrote:
 Was there a 'favorite' Santa Fe car of his he worked on with the manufacturers to produce or one he mentioned during his conversations with fellow ATSF modelers?   If not, I'll go with the Westerfield ATSF Bx-11 as my recommendation.

    I would suggest the Bx-3 as Richard was the one who first saw the masters and suggested they go to Al.

-- 

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


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Denny Anspach <danspachmd@...>
 

The greatest tragedy of Richard's death is that at 83, he was still a person of physical vitality (to my knowledge, he still flew aerobatics in his own Citabria airplane), and his undiminished productive mind continued on at a pace that those younger might only envy. He was not ready to yet wind down his life; nor was there any need that I last knew about to actually consider doing so.

The Big Hole in his productive life, as many of his railroad friends and students might see it, was that he never produced a Magnum Opus, THE FREIGHT CAR BOOK, that would have summarized for posterity the vast amount of data that he accumulated over a lifetime of interest, and which only exists in part in widely scattered publications, most of which were low-volume (even by our standards) and defunct to boot. The high value of such accumulated knowledge and data only gains the high acclaim that posterity requires when it is actually published for wide critical review.  Richard always explained to me that he was  reluctant to do so  because railroad interests were only a part of his everyday life; and in his retirement, his devotion to flying and aerobatics (for instance) quite often took precedence, if only because advancing age of pilots and the FAA eventually close at a single point.

I believe that it is safe to say that the  person closest to Richard in the sharing of railroad interests in general, and freight car interests in particular, is Tony Thompson; and at some appropriate and respectful time, I would hope that he might weigh in on how Richard would have liked to have made all of this knowledge available to those who follow.

R.I.P.

Denny



    

 
Denny S. Anspach MD
Okoboji, IA






WTB Intermountain kit # 40799, AAR 1937 box car

John Barry
 

Needed to complete my Bx-28 and Bx-31.  I received a pair of Centralia Car Shops kits from Des Plains, but when I dug into them last night I discovered not only do they have the fixed ends that need to be sawed off, they came with the Viking roof.  All wrong for the ATSF cars.  I'll have to save them for another day.  This will be my first serious kitbash and I'm not quite up to whacking the ends off on my first go.  Andy Carlson has some on order, but has been told they will ship "some time" which helps neither of us.

Any one have one or two of the Intermountain 40799 you are willing to part with?  I would like to have the build for the ATSFRRH&MS convention in Fresno, but am seriously running out of time.  Also am willing to do a production position swap as they do in the airline industry and purchase you a future replacement for a kit now.



 
John Barry


ATSF North Bay Lines
Golden Gates & Fast Freights


707-490-9696


3450 Palmer Drive, Suite 4224
Cameron Park, CA 95682


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Clark Propst
 

I’ve hesitated on writing, not being good at this type of stuff.
I still tell friends about the first presentation of Richard’s I attended. Don’t think my mouth closed the entire time. I’ve asked him about different freight cars over the years and always received emails with images, sometimes without soliciting. Once I asked about a particular ATSF box car and he sent me doors he had had cast for that class. I’ll treasure that model even more now. I’ve been fortunate enough to have sent Richard more freight car photos than I’ve received, but the most humbling honor was having him buy a freight car from me last fall.
Stan Rydarowicz is not on this list. I don’t know how many times he’s commented to me that he really enjoyed Richard’s articles in RMJ on new models. Mainly because he would tell you which were correct, which were close and which were not and let you decide your purchase.
It was MY pleasure Richard...
Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa


Commemorative Richard Hendrickson Built

Charlie Duckworth
 

Like others have stated Richard improved the hobby to levels most of us didn't realize existed in the 1980's.  From upgrading the Athearn Blue Box Boxcar to building his Westrail war emergency boxcar he got an entire generation of modelers focused on going beyond painting Athearn boxcars with Champ decals.   His early articles on kit bashing and improving freight cars made us focus on what was being pulled between the locomotives and caboose.   

More than one modeler on this list mentioned a built to commemorate Richard's memory and contributions to our hobby.  Think about all these Santa Fe cars putting mileage on the many layouts in this honor for years going forward, what a better way to honor a fellow model railroader.

I know almost every Westerfield ATSF instruction sheet I've read gives credit to Richard for helping.  Was there a 'favorite' Santa Fe car of his he worked on with the manufacturers to produce or one he mentioned during his conversations with fellow ATSF modelers?   If not, I'll go with the Westerfield ATSF Bx-11 as my recommendation.

Charlie Duckworth


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

Marty McGuirk
 

I don't know….
maybe that's the reason John seems to get so many models built. 

Marty McGuirk


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

Charles Hladik
 

Tom,
    And lean on JJ !!! For years we've been trying to get him to get on line. At least point him to the Franklin library.
Chuck Hladik

In a message dated 7/4/2014 3:15:14 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, STMFC@... writes:
 

Tim and Rich,

Many thanks for the help in regard to the "B" end of the ATSF FE-22.
John Johnson is in the process of building the F22 and since he does
not have internet access, I was asking for him.
Thanks to your information, I will copy the photo and forward it to
him so that he can complete the car.

Best regards,

Tom Olsen

On 7/2/14, Rich C rhcdmc@... [STMFC] wrote:
> 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@...
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>
>


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

Thomas Olsen <tmolsen@...>
 

Tim and Rich,

Many thanks for the help in regard to the "B" end of the ATSF FE-22.
John Johnson is in the process of building the F22 and since he does
not have internet access, I was asking for him.
Thanks to your information, I will copy the photo and forward it to
him so that he can complete the car.

Best regards,

Tom Olsen

On 7/2/14, Rich C rhcdmc@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:
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]" <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@...




Re: Richard Hendrickson

Brian Carlson
 

I know I responded already but I was thinking about my friendship with Richard, and wanted to share one more memory. When I first got the courage to email him off list, I addressed him as Mr. Hendrickson,. (I was approximately 40 years younger than Richard, and the way I was raised first names were not used in initial contacts.) It wasn’t long before he had me calling him Richard. I think that his approachability and gracious nature are what really endeared him to me and probably many others.

 

Brian J. Carlson, P.E.

Cheektowaga, NY

 

From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 12:38 AM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Richard Hendrickson

 

 


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Tim O'Connor
 


 > Just to add to what the "Boss Brock at the Beach" has reminded us of, without the inspiration of
  > Richard there would have never been a SHAKE N TAKE... and so many other things to numerous to mention.
  > Greg Martin


Just out of curiousity about Richard's influence on myself, I just checked
all of my email archives simply for saved emails from Richard -- There are a total
of 3,834 emails. Of course many of these take place in the context of discussions
with multiple people, so Richard's name is mentioned in tens of thousands more
emails. Of the total, 595 emails are from pre-Yahoo days of rec.models.railroad
and the FCN mailing list or just private or shared conversations via email. The
earliest are from 1996. The first Naperville meet was in 1994, and the first one
I went to was in 1995. So it was very soon after that (1996) that the emailing
began -- and it never stopped!

The amazing thing is that I can open any one of those saved messages and there is
always something interesting / useful / thoughtful in them (which is why I saved
them of course). So although I will never again have the pleasure of talking with
Richard he lives on in the printed word for as long as I can still read.

Tim O'


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Douglas Harding
 

With all the other positive comments about Richard, his personality, and his tremendous support of the hobby and especially his unbelievable knowledge about freight cars, I would like to add two comments of a personal nature. 1) I had attended his clinics, saw the teacher as many did. But after I got acquainted with Richard, I was always impressed that he remembered me and called me by name at each event that followed, making it always a delight to see him. And 2) the thrill I had when he contacted me seeking something I had for a book he was working on, after he had helped me with many requests.  ie the master seeking help from the pupil. I will always remember him for the friendship he offered, perhaps more than the knowledge he shared.

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 


Re: Richard Hendrickson

Richard Hendrickson
 

Dear Mike,
     I’ve gotten so many cudos to Richard …. it’s a shame he isn’t here to hear them.  Thank you for your kind words.  And please relay to STMFC my thanks.  This was so sudden and unexpected that I still don’t know what I’m doing.
     Sandra
On Jul 1, 2014, at 9:37 PM, 'Mike Brock' brockm@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

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 


Sandra Hendrickson



Re: Richard Hendrickson

Greg Martin
 

Just to add to what the "Boss Brock at the Beach" has reminded us of, without the inspiration of Richard there would have never been a SHAKE N TAKE... and so many other things to numerous to mention.
 
Greg Martin
 
Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it.
Norman Maclean
 

In a message dated 7/3/2014 7:39:22 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, STMFC@... writes:
 

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


Notes About Richard

Gary Roe
 

I was wondering if there is someone who has been collecting all the notes that have been written about Richard over the last couple days, with the intent to forward them to his family by some means.  I am sure that they would appreciate knowing how much WE appreciated him.  Just a thought.

gary roe
quincy, illinois










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