In Memoriam: Dick Elwell – Trains

In Memoriam: Dick Elwell – Trains

His HO scale Hoosac Valley was featured many occasions within the interest press

In Memoriam: Dick Elwell – Trains

In Memoriam: Dick Elwell – Trains
Dick Elwell stands in entrance of his Hoosac Valley RR, which was featured in Nice Mannequin Railroads 2008. Lou Sassi photograph

In Memoriam: Dick Elwell. Veteran mannequin railroader Dick Elwell, builder of the well-known Hoosac Valley RR, died on October 21, 2022 after a 14-year battle with most cancers. “Even after going via quite a few medical procedures to deal with the illness, Dick’s constructive perspective and lust for residing shined via,” stated Mannequin Railroader contributing editor Lou Sassi. The 2 had been mates for 45 years.

Dick’s journey within the interest, like lots of his age, began with a Lionel prepare that he acquired for Christmas from his mother and father. The retired New England Phone Co. worker switched to HO scale in 1956. Dick started modeling the unique Hoosac Valley in 1961 after he and his spouse, Sandy, moved into their new house. The structure, featured in Nice Mannequin Railroads 1996 and a number of other different journal articles, was dismantled in 2002.

“Working for Kalmbach I’ve photographed greater than 300 mannequin railroads, and I can truthfully say that Dick’s stunning Hoosac Valley was the perfect,” Lou famous.

When Dick and Sandy relocated, he used items of the previous structure as the start line for his new 32 x 62-foot Hoosac Valley. You possibly can learn concerning the second Hoosac Valley in Nice Mannequin Railroads 2008 and within the August 2017 Mannequin Railroader.

Lou appears to be like again fondly on his friendship with Dick. “Being with Dick was all the time a constructive expertise,” stated Lou. “Not solely was he prepared to open his structure to folks, however he didn’t hesitate to journey to different modelers houses, giving recommendation when requested to take action, and serving to them with the constructing of their very own railroads.”

Click on right here to learn contributing editor Lou Sassi’s tribute to Dick Elwell.