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FW: Ron Sebastian - Des Plaines Hobbies

Charlie Vlk
 

All-

 

Barb and I are still stunned by the news of Ron’s passing on Wednesday morning.

 

I was just up in Illinois for the recent Burlington Route Historical Society Meet and I enjoyed spending the entire Monday afternoon prior to the meet kibitzing with Ron at Des Plaines Hobbies.

He always referred to me as “Charlie buy-a-vowel” and reminded me he was younger (by a year).  

 

He not only ran one of the best Model Railroad Hobby Shops (more of an Institution than a mere store!)  in the country (if not the best!) but was responsible for the creation of O, S, and N products under Des Plaines Hobbies, S Scale America and Centralia brands.  He was very generous with his knowledge and expertise and cooperated with many well-known manufacturer / importers in supplying prototype information for their products.

 

I appreciate reading everyone’s memories of Ron…..learning things about a great friend that I did not know about.

Ron worked back in the day when he still had hair at the famed All Nations Hobby Shop in Chicago….prior to the time I worked there in the mid-1960s. I believe he also had a career as a FAA Crash Investigator besides his military helicopter service both in the Army and National Guard.  

He had a brief stint working in train service on the Chicago & North Western.   He would never reveal his railroad nickname and none of his shop employees ever found anyone who had worked with him that would reveal it…..a sign that there was a really good story attached to the moniker!!!

 

Barb and I extend our deepest sympathies to Sue and his family and we have Ron and all of the Des Plaines Hobbies fraternity in our thoughts and prayers!

 

Charlie Vlk

Mt. Juliet, TN

 


Re: Ho Scale Resin Kits & Models ,Tools and Iwata Air Brushes for Sale

Armand Premo
 

Please send list.Im very interested.Armand Premo

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 11:11 AM Ralph W. Brown <rbrown51@...> wrote:
Hi George,
 
I’d be happy to take a look at the list.
 
Thanks,
 
 
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532

rbrown51[at]maine[dot]rr[dot]com
 
From: gtws00 via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:30 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Ho Scale Resin Kits & Models ,Tools and Iwata Air Brushes for Sale
 
I have a collection of some HO resin and plastic freight car kits along with new and like new tools for sale from an estate. All Quality items
Please email me off list at gtws00 at yahoo.com for a list of what is available if interested

George Toman


Re: Ho Scale Resin Kits & Models ,Tools and Iwata Air Brushes for Sale

Ralph W. Brown
 

Hi George,
 
I’d be happy to take a look at the list.
 
Thanks,
 
 
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532

rbrown51[at]maine[dot]rr[dot]com
 

From: gtws00 via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:30 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Ho Scale Resin Kits & Models ,Tools and Iwata Air Brushes for Sale
 
I have a collection of some HO resin and plastic freight car kits along with new and like new tools for sale from an estate. All Quality items
Please email me off list at gtws00 at yahoo.com for a list of what is available if interested

George Toman


Re: SRFD reefers with ventilator hoods

Jon Miller <atsfus@...>
 

On 10/3/2019 7:31 AM, tyesac@... via Groups.Io wrote:

If I'm not mistaken, you could plausibly have a Bohn ventilator car in ice service for that time frame.

Tom,   

    That's a good idea.  Haven't thought about ice service.  Will try and keep that in mind (what's left of it)!

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


Re: SRFD reefers with ventilator hoods

tyesac@aol.com <tyesac@...>
 

Jon,

If I'm not mistaken, you could plausibly have a Bohn ventilator car in ice service for that time frame.  There is a chart in the SFRD reefer book that graphically shows the range of in service populations by car class.   I know there has been a picture posted of one of those remaining car bodies still in existence as a farm shed with intact ventilators that has been posted here.   That would support the idea that once transferred from produce service to company ice service the ventilators weren't always removed.

Tom Casey
 


-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Miller <atsfus@...>
To: main <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Oct 3, 2019 9:14 am
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] SRFD reefers with ventilator hoods

On 10/3/2019 6:19 AM, Claus Schlund \(HGM\) wrote:
A little while back we were discussing SRFD reefers with ventilator hoods
    I've always wanted to have a car with those on.  However I've been told noway in 1941.  I really wish we could get a car number for that one, at least a 38 picture would be an interesting argument.  The parts are available from Westerfield.
-- 
Jon Miller
For me time stopped in 1941
Digitrax  Chief/Zephyr systems, JMRI User
SPROG User
NMRA Life member #2623
Member SFRH&MS


Re: SRFD reefers with ventilator hoods

Jon Miller <atsfus@...>
 

On 10/3/2019 6:19 AM, Claus Schlund &#92;(HGM&#92;) wrote:
A little while back we were discussing SRFD reefers with ventilator hoods

    I've always wanted to have a car with those on.  However I've been told noway in 1941.  I really wish we could get a car number for that one, at least a 38 picture would be an interesting argument.  The parts are available from Westerfield.

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


Re: Ron Sebastian

Michael Gross
 

Oh, no, I am so sorry to hear this.  What a knowledgable and decent man he was.

May he rest in peace!
--
Michael Gross
Pasadena, CA


Re: Ron Sebastian

gtws00
 

Very Sad information.
I have known Ron for a very long time.
Always a good person to chat with
George Toman


Ho Scale Resin Kits & Models ,Tools and Iwata Air Brushes for Sale

gtws00
 

I have a collection of some HO resin and plastic freight car kits along with new and like new tools for sale from an estate. All Quality items
Please email me off list at gtws00 at yahoo.com for a list of what is available if interested

George Toman


SRFD reefers with ventilator hoods

Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
 

Hi List Members,
 
A little while back we were discussing SRFD reefers with ventilator hoods - I think these were called Bohn ventilators. There is a 1938 image showing a partial view of a car so equipped at the link below...
 
 
A higher resolution copy is available at the link below...
 
 
Enjoy!
 
Claus Schlund
 


Re: Ron Sebastian

Bill Welch
 

Ron was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and was stationed somewhere in the south—Ft. Stewart I think—which is where I think his interest in southeastern RR's developed. He owned many SE RR drawing I know and it was fun to talk to him about his resources. While in the army he suffered a coronary event that meant an end to his flying. While then an instructor he began investing in side businesses including Des Plaines that became full-time when he left the Army. IIRC all of this came up when I asked a drawings question one day in a phone call. He was a very generous person and dotting grandparent.

Bill Welch


Re: Ron Sebastian

Richard McQuade
 

Very shocked and saddened at this news. Saw Ron less than three weeks ago and enjoyed his company immensely. He seemed as always so this is a very sad surprise. 
Sincerest condolences to his nearest and dearest.
Richard


Re: Ron Sebastian

O Fenton Wells
 

So sorry to hear that, I go back over 30 some odd years with Ron at Des Plaines Hobbies and the Southern Historical group.  He will be missed.
Fenton Wells

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Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
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Re: Ron Sebastian

Tim O'Connor
 

In my case it's because I was stunned to hear it... talking with friends offline
about Ron. I will really miss him - saw him at his shop nearly every year, and he
came out to Springfield MA nearly every January too. I've always enjoyed talking with
Ron, he was so knowledgeable about our hobby. A very sad day. :-(

On 10/3/2019 1:42 AM, Tom Madden via Groups.Io wrote:
Surprised no one has mentioned it, but it's been reported that Ron Sebastian (Des Plaines Hobbies) died earlier today (Wednesday). No other details.

Tom Madden
--
*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*


Ron Sebastian

Tom Madden
 

Surprised no one has mentioned it, but it's been reported that Ron Sebastian (Des Plaines Hobbies) died earlier today (Wednesday). No other details. 

Tom Madden


Re: early tank car photos

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
 

Tim,

Great tank cars. A car with same end sills survives at Steamtown. When I photographed it about 15 years ago it was unrestored, but Steamtown sources say it belonged to Barber Asphalt.

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff

On 10/2/2019 2:49 PM, Tim O'Connor wrote:

Kevin Bunker shared this 1908 photo (with zoom in view) from the Baker Library - California Historical Society


--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


early tank car photos

Tim O'Connor
 


Kevin Bunker shared this 1908 photo (with zoom in view) from the Baker Library - California Historical Society


--
Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


The Spring issue of The Keystone Modeler is available

Bruce Smith
 

Folks,


The Summer issue (#109) of The Keystone Modeler is now available on the PRRT&HS web site at: http://www.prrths.com/newprr_files/newPRRKeystoneModeler.htm


Regards,

Bruce 

Bruce Smith, Assistant webmaster, PRRT&HS


Re: Kitbash Fodder

Benjamin Hom
 

Elliot Courtney wrote:
"I have two 4600 series cars (double sheath with wood door) and one 4300 series car (single sheath with wood door)."

The Accurail 4600 series kits model the USRA double-sheathed boxcar.  The roads with the most numerous USRA DS boxcars in 1950 were Great Northern (1413 cars) and Rock Island (1153 cars).  Decals are available from Westerfield.  I uploaded a summary of USRA boxcars to the Files section in 2006 - it's been moved to the groups.io site and can be found by doing a search on "USRA DS". 

The 4300 series kit is a 9 ft IH car with wood door and 7/8 Murphy steel ends.  The fishbelly center sills in the kit can be replaced with straight center sills fabricated from strip styrene to model more prototypes.  Possible prototypes or close stand-ins in service in 1950 are CN and M-K-T.  This model can also serve as a stand-in for shorter cars - CNJ (8 ft 2 in IH); MEC (8 ft 6 in IH); CB&Q/C&S/FW&D, CNW (8 ft 7 in IH), though the difference in height from the prototype is definitely noticeable. 


Ben Hom 



Re: Kitbash Fodder

Elliot Courtney
 

I have two 4600 series cars (double sheath with wood door) and one 4300 series car (single sheath with wood door. 

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