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BEARER of BAD NEWS

gary laakso
 

We oft forget to celebrate a good, vibrant life and your decision to celebrate your life is brilliant!  It is much more fun to celebrate than mourn.  I have harvested more rivets under your inspiration than I ever did in all the years before seeing your technique.  For practical purposes, you uncovered the FGEX and its kin BREX and WFEX from obscurity and helped bring their fleet to life in models.   Truss rods forever!   I have benefited greatly from your labor of love and I need to thank you for that.  Life is an adventure that we are blessed with and you have made the most of yours.  Thank you, God bless and do not go quietly into that good night.

 

Gary Laakso

North of Mike Brock

 


Re: BEARER of BAD NEWS

Peter Ness
 

Hi Bill,

 

First, you are in my prayers.

 

Second, thank you so much for your contributions and continuous sharing of techniques and information and the motivation and inspiration you provide on a consistent basis..

 

While I struggle to learn about only one railroad, I truly appreciate your efforts as well as those of others, who dig into the “big picture”.  The information you’ve shared on the FGE/WFE/BRE/NX System, my opinion, has been a godsend; saving me a lot of mistakes and educating me at the same time, and allowing me to stay on the path to research the NHRR even more.

 

We’ve never met, but on another railroad-topic group a fellow informed me of the detailed construction of a specific prototype.  While thanking him, I told him I had neither the patience nor fortitude to count that many features from a photo. His response;

 

“Meah, our motto is “We count the rivets…., so you don’t have to.”  <g>”

 

That is also how you seem to me!

 

Peter Ness


Re: Decals for scale locations and light weights

Ed Mims
 

The Central of Georgia freight car re-weigh stations until June, 1963 were: Albany, Ga  ALBY; Columbus, GA  COLS; Atlanta, GA  IND; Savannah, GA  SAVH; Macon, GA  MA; Chattanooga, TN  CH and that is all of them.

Ed Mims


Re: BEARER of BAD NEWS

Ed Mims
 

Bill, you are an inspiration to me and hundreds if not thousands more and in many different ways--more than perhaps you realize. In the modeling world you captured the finest of details just as you did in journalism. You made it all so realistic and believable. It was and still is always correct in every aspect. Thank you for being there and for being an inspiration and the finest example to all who met you. We know that through out your life you have placed every rivet correctly and that it is the correct size and shape. You are in my prayers.

Best wishes,

Ed Mims


Re: Photo: CN Hopper 119630 (1938)

Dave Parker
 

Except that the CU FT in the photo here is 1918 (!).  Which leads down a LONNNNG rabbit hole involving the CV 20000 (nee 30000) series, Ian Cranstone's Canadian database, and a half a dozen or so ORERs.

It would be super helpful to see a photo of the CV 20000-series cars -- can anybody supply one?

PS:  I have to question the 1938 photo date.  I think it's more likely the 1923 builder's photo.  It has the Eastern Car Co builder's logo on it, which agrees with Ian's tabulation of CN 119550-119649, built 4/23.  The CU FT discrepancy is readily apparent here.  1680 in Ian's table, 1918 in the hyperlinked photo (the same photo as Bob posted).
--
Dave Parker
Swall Meadows, CA


Re: Decals for scale locations and light weights

Charlie Duckworth
 

Here’s the list I received on the NYC

ER- East Rochester
RT- Elkhart
AJ- Airline Yard-Toledo
WD- West Detroit
JX- Jackson
WO- Worcester
BG- Beech Grove
KK-Kankakee

On Nov 2, 2020, at 9:21 PM, Dan Stainton via groups.io <dands54@...> wrote:

What happened to NYC?

--
Charlie Duckworth 
Omaha, Ne.


Re: BEARER of BAD NEWS

Paul R Greenwald
 

Bill -

So sorry to hear that news.  You are an inspiration to all modelers who know your body if work.

You are on my prayer list.
--
Paul R Greenwald 
PRRT&HS #1802
NMRA #129229


Re: Decals for scale locations and light weights

Dan Stainton
 

What happened to NYC?


FS: resin freight car kits

 

FS: 165 HO scale resin freight car kits, for list: send e-mail to Hugh T Guillaume at mguill1224 at aol dot com


Re: BEARER of BAD NEWS

Lawrence Rast
 

Bill,

Your contributions to my modeling have been invaluable. Thank you! 

I say this also as a fellow Div School student. I started my PhD at Vandy in American Church History/American History in 1991 working with Jack Fitzmier and Dale Johnson. Just missed you there. 

Be assured that you are in my thoughts—and thanks again for all you’ve done for the hobby!

Best,
Lawrence Rast
Fort Wayne, Indiana


On Nov 2, 2020, at 12:00 PM, Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:

 As some of know by now about 3.5 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, which is almost always fatal. I have not been told as yet what my longevity may but I am preparing for a short time. My executive function is at a high level and shortly after I received my diagnosis I began planning my Memorial Service. As some of you know I am an Ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister having received my M.Div. Degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1990 after a rewarding career as a Photojournalist at The TENNESSEAN in Nashville TN. My ministerial colleagues are encouraging me to have this service while I am still alive so I am proceeding to do it while I am alive and plan to keep people informed as to time, date, and Zoom Info. A few close Model RR buddies—Ted Culotta, Eric Hansmann, George Toman, Lester Breuer and The Reverend Doug Harding–will have a role in pulling together the Hobby Related segment of the Memorial Service in case you have anything you want to offer up to them. Friends from my news photographer days will show some of their favorite photos from that rewarding part of my life.

I want everyone to feel comfortable—agnostic, atheist, nonreligious, believers and members of all religious traditions. I am a political liberal and intenstly patriotic and examples of leadership from the life of General and President US Grant will be offered up as well as some martial music. Ministerial friends will give me grief as they share much of what they find humorous or profound about in my religious journey and leadership.

Musically there will be some Buddy Holly, Gene Pitney, Joe South and Blues inspired Mississippi Hill Music with 12–String guitar. 

Medically I began Chemotherapy last Friday and this went well, perhaps because it was the first one. My adjustment to my new reality is no doubt aided by my love and interest in Zen Buddhism that does help me adjust to my new reality. My primary teacher is Thich Nhat Hanh: https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/biography/

 

  *                *                *

Regarding my Two Volumes about the FGE/WFE/BRE/NX System, Ted Culotta will eventually take it over with several other friends pitching in to help him. Our intent is that this set of books will among the most beautiful and luxurious books if their kind ever published. They will have a lavish number of photos and if the posse we intend to assemble is able to find a capable and creative artist and illustrator, it will have many charts, tables, and maps to amplify the text and photos. Be patient, it will be worth it.

Model On Ya’ll

Bill Welch
 


Photo: CN Hopper 119630 (1938)

David
 

Yes, CV 20000-20199. The cubic capacity of the original cars is the same 1680cf as the CN and GTW hoppers. 1769cf is the capacity for the panel-side rebuilds.

David Thompson


Re: Need broadside photo of OSL #3029-54 short caboose #3029-54

Fred Swanson
 


Re: Decals for scale locations and light weights

John Riddell
 

Some of the common CP scale locations were:

 

AN  Angus shops, Montreal

CQ  Coquitlam, BC

CY  Calgary AB

FM  Farnham QC

HO  Hochelaga yard, Montreal

LA  Lambton yard, Toronto

NS  New Shops, Montreal

OA  Outremont yard, Montreal

ON  Ogden shops, Calgary AB

RK  Revelstoke BC

SF  Smiths Falls ON

SL  St. Luc yard, Montreal

TC  Transcona yard, Winnipeg

TO  Toronto John St. Yard, Toronto

VR  Vancouver BC

WP  Winnipeg MB

WT  West Toronto, ON

WW Weston shops, Winnipeg MB

 

 

John Riddell

 

 

 


Re: Decals for scale locations and light weights

John Riddell
 

Some CN common scale locations are/were

 

BN Moncton yard NB

GV Trenton ON

HA Belleville ON

HQ Point Ste Charles shops, Montreal QC

JB Turcot yard, Montreal QC

JL Taschereau yard, Montreal QC

GO McMillan Yard, Toronto ON

LU London shops, ON

LV London repair track, ON

PK Ft. Rouge yard, Winnipeg MB

PR Symington yard, Winnipeg MB

PU Transcona shops, Winnipeg MB

PV Transcona repair track, Winnipeg MB

RG Edmonton (south) AB

RH Edmonton Calder yard, AB

SH Port Mann, BC

TI Sarcee yard, Calgary AB

 

Central Vermont

 

XA St. Albans VT

XC  St Albans Italy yard, VT

 

Grand Trunk Western

 

VT Port Huron shops MI

WD Battle Creek repair track, MI

 

John Riddell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: BEARER of BAD NEWS

Douglas Harding
 

Now that Bill has let the cat out of the bag, so to speak, let me say when I meet with families at the time of a death to talk about the deceased, stories abound, the good, the bad, the indelicate. Then I conclude with the following statement “are there any stories I should not share during the service?” sometimes there are. If you know of a story about Bill that would not be appropriate at his service, please share it now (after all we are family and know all the warts), so I can be sure to note that it should not be shared.

 

Now where did I put that rivet. Hope I didn’t swallow it during this break.

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill Welch
Sent: Monday, November 2, 2020 11:01 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] BEARER of BAD NEWS

 

 As some of know by now about 3.5 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, which is almost always fatal. I have not been told as yet what my longevity may but I am preparing for a short time. My executive function is at a high level and shortly after I received my diagnosis I began planning my Memorial Service. As some of you know I am an Ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister having received my M.Div. Degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1990 after a rewarding career as a Photojournalist at The TENNESSEAN in Nashville TN. My ministerial colleagues are encouraging me to have this service while I am still alive so I am proceeding to do it while I am alive and plan to keep people informed as to time, date, and Zoom Info. A few close Model RR buddies—Ted Culotta, Eric Hansmann, George Toman, Lester Breuer and The Reverend Doug Harding–will have a role in pulling together the Hobby Related segment of the Memorial Service in case you have anything you want to offer up to them. Friends from my news photographer days will show some of their favorite photos from that rewarding part of my life.

I want everyone to feel comfortable—agnostic, atheist, nonreligious, believers and members of all religious traditions. I am a political liberal and intenstly patriotic and examples of leadership from the life of General and President US Grant will be offered up as well as some martial music. Ministerial friends will give me grief as they share much of what they find humorous or profound about in my religious journey and leadership.

Musically there will be some Buddy Holly, Gene Pitney, Joe South and Blues inspired Mississippi Hill Music with 12–String guitar. 

Medically I began Chemotherapy last Friday and this went well, perhaps because it was the first one. My adjustment to my new reality is no doubt aided by my love and interest in Zen Buddhism that does help me adjust to my new reality. My primary teacher is Thich Nhat Hanh: https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/biography/

 

  *                *                *

Regarding my Two Volumes about the FGE/WFE/BRE/NX System, Ted Culotta will eventually take it over with several other friends pitching in to help him. Our intent is that this set of books will among the most beautiful and luxurious books if their kind ever published. They will have a lavish number of photos and if the posse we intend to assemble is able to find a capable and creative artist and illustrator, it will have many charts, tables, and maps to amplify the text and photos. Be patient, it will be worth it.

Model On Ya’ll

Bill Welch

 


Re: Photo: CN Hopper 119630 (1938)

Dave Parker
 

David:

Were the CV cars the ones in the 20000 series (200 cars)?  The IL and IW match, but the cubic CAPYs are different.  Maybe a difference in measuring convention (heaped vs. not)?

Thanks for the tip.
--
Dave Parker
Swall Meadows, CA


Re: BEARER of BAD NEWS

Bill McClure
 

Bill,

Long time lurker, but passionate model builder. I have enjoyed all of your many contributions to the hobby, in so many forms and forums.

I wish you God's peace in this part of your life's journey. 

Buddy Holly, et al and Delta Blues.... Doesn't get better than that for any occasion, any gathering.

Peace, brother,
Bill


Photo: CN Hopper 119630 (1938)

David
 

Ah! This one of those Canadian hoppers that is not quite a 1905CD car and not quite a Gla. Canadian National inherited most of them from its predecessors, but some other small Canadian lines had some, and GTW and Central Vermont also had some.

David Thompson


Re: BEARER of BAD NEWS

 

Praying for you, my friend. I will miss your infrequent visits to Nashville. When you know where and when, I will be there.

 

 

Thanks!
--

Brian Ehni

 

 

From: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> on behalf of Bill Welch <fgexbill@...>
Reply-To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Date: Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM
To: <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io>
Subject: [RealSTMFC] BEARER of BAD NEWS

 

 As some of know by now about 3.5 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, which is almost always fatal. I have not been told as yet what my longevity may but I am preparing for a short time. My executive function is at a high level and shortly after I received my diagnosis I began planning my Memorial Service. As some of you know I am an Ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister having received my M.Div. Degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1990 after a rewarding career as a Photojournalist at The TENNESSEAN in Nashville TN. My ministerial colleagues are encouraging me to have this service while I am still alive so I am proceeding to do it while I am alive and plan to keep people informed as to time, date, and Zoom Info. A few close Model RR buddies—Ted Culotta, Eric Hansmann, George Toman, Lester Breuer and The Reverend Doug Harding–will have a role in pulling together the Hobby Related segment of the Memorial Service in case you have anything you want to offer up to them. Friends from my news photographer days will show some of their favorite photos from that rewarding part of my life.

I want everyone to feel comfortable—agnostic, atheist, nonreligious, believers and members of all religious traditions. I am a political liberal and intenstly patriotic and examples of leadership from the life of General and President US Grant will be offered up as well as some martial music. Ministerial friends will give me grief as they share much of what they find humorous or profound about in my religious journey and leadership.

Musically there will be some Buddy Holly, Gene Pitney, Joe South and Blues inspired Mississippi Hill Music with 12–String guitar. 

Medically I began Chemotherapy last Friday and this went well, perhaps because it was the first one. My adjustment to my new reality is no doubt aided by my love and interest in Zen Buddhism that does help me adjust to my new reality. My primary teacher is Thich Nhat Hanh: https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/biography/

 

  *                *                *

Regarding my Two Volumes about the FGE/WFE/BRE/NX System, Ted Culotta will eventually take it over with several other friends pitching in to help him. Our intent is that this set of books will among the most beautiful and luxurious books if their kind ever published. They will have a lavish number of photos and if the posse we intend to assemble is able to find a capable and creative artist and illustrator, it will have many charts, tables, and maps to amplify the text and photos. Be patient, it will be worth it.

Model On Ya’ll

Bill Welch

 


Re: Need broadside photo of OSL #3029-54 short caboose #3029-54

Thomas Klosterman
 

Same notches on ends for markers of PRR N6a and N6b cabins.

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