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bparrish

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Disposition of your railroad
« on: September 07, 2017, 12:31:09 PM »
Gents..

I am now part of the closing up of the third railroad of friends in four years.  Two were really big pikes and collections.  One had no instructions.  That won't happen to me again and is not happening this time.

Recall I put up a notice that we lost Bruce McCosh this earlier this week.  He has / had, a large basement, two level railroad that modeled the electric division of the Milwaukee RR from Harloton Montana to Othello Washington.  Major cities were all in Idaho and the interchanges were at each end.  I helped in the original design and did all of the scenicing.

Bruce had a returning brain cancer and it went very fast.  Failing eyesight and paralysis prevented him from writing.  Two months ago I sat with him and he dictated what he wanted to go where and which models were to go to what person.  His graciousness and sharing is amazing.  Very little will be sold off. Most goes to individuals and various parts to local clubs.

Closing this railroad up, although not fun, will be easy as I and a few others have our marching orders.

Some years ago when I was so sick with a leukemia, I had made up a letter that outlined what was to happen with my railroad.  Bruce knew where the letter was located near my work bench and he had his orders.  I now need to find a new person to take on that responsibility.

Gentlemen, we cannot expect our wives / girl friends, to have any clue as to what might be significant to us or relationships in this hobby.  Nor can we expect them to know what that stuff is in your raw materials drawer.  Further, they have only little idea what something might be worth.

Take a time and find someone that you can visit with about what you want to happen to your railroad. 

Then write it down.

Just thinking out loud here.

see ya
Bob
« Last Edit: September 07, 2017, 04:18:20 PM by bparrish »
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Re: Disposition of your railroad
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 01:07:25 PM »
Yep ...doing same for a friend that passed away back in December...He left very explicit instructions of what was supposed to done with everything and how much the stuff that will be for sale should be. It's still a lot of work removing all the buildings , freight cars, loco's, signals, switch machines...the list just goes on and on...it's a real shame to have to tear apart something that took someone so long to build... But his instructions are  sure a big help as far as disposition of all that stuff...

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Re: Disposition of your railroad
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 03:12:36 PM »
Good advice, Bob.


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Re: Disposition of your railroad
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 05:02:25 PM »
 This is a topic many of us don't have plans for. At present, since moving to Minnesota, have no close model RR friends here to fall back on. Know my spouse has no clue what to do... Maybe some of us should start a contact list of Forum members that would be interested in obtaining the structures and other items for future planning...Anyone can contact me off list and will note your info and interest in my notebook for family members to contact...
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Re: Disposition of your railroad
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 07:14:18 PM »
Bob, You offer that advice because you care. I thank you for that.
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Re: Disposition of your railroad
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2017, 03:26:34 AM »
I've thought about this several times, living single , relatives have no clue at all about model trains, no close modeling friends. Good idea to start writing down what should be done with everything if my time would come too soon.

Right now I'm just hoping I live long enough to give everything to a good home before I am gone.
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Re: Disposition of your railroad
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2017, 09:56:56 PM »
Good advice Bob.  I talked to my wife about this very thing a few times.  every time it was the dame answer.  She would prefer to keep building and having open houses.  We boath made plans with her daughter should we go at the same time

 

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