Thursday, October 16, 2014
Death and the Model Railroader IX: Commemorative Cars
One way I remember model railroad friends who have died is by making patched cars.
The cars--all covered hoppers, so far--carry their initials, age at death and the year of their passing.
I just made the newest addition to my commemorative fleet. It's one that I wished I didn't have to make. It recalls my brother-in-law, Ken Epp, who passed away Oct. 14, 2014.
The car is lettered with the initials of his name: Kenneth John Epp. Its number is 5914.
It joins the car I made for David R. Dyck, the other member of our model railroad trio. Its number is 7104.
I also made a car for my dad. He wasn't a model railroader, but he helped me get started in the hobby. For that, I am grateful.
I have no desire to add more patched commemorative cars to the layout, though. As the Sargeant said at the beginning of each episode of Hill St. Blues: "Let's be careful out there."