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Wolfgang Dudler has passed on

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Wolfgang Dudler has passed on
Posted by selector on Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:33 PM

Wolfgang revealed over on trainboard very late last year or in January that he had a very serious illness.  I PM'd him immediately and wished him well...I admired the man, and wanted him to understand it.  He replied that he felt it was his last bit on the forums and that he would be slipping away soon enough...no bones about it.  He had been in a coma since Aug 02, 2012, and died yesterday.

May he rest in peace.  He was a heckuva good modeller and forum buddy.

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Posted by Bob grech on Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:40 PM

My deepest sympathy to his family. He will be truly missed.

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:43 PM

Crandell

Thank you for letting us know about Wolfgang's passing. The modeling community has suffered yet another great loss.

Personally I was in awe of his ability to put sound and reliable function into his GE 25 ton (I think I have the size right) locomotives, as well of course as his many other modeling skills.

I think I will get myself one of the 25 ton locos and a sound decoder to fit and build it in his honour.

Dave

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:44 PM

Crandell .... It is good of you to inform us. We will certainly will miss Worfgang and his outstanding model railroad which he shared with us. Sincere condolences to his family.

GARRY

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Posted by dragenrider on Sunday, August 26, 2012 11:26 PM

My heart is heavy.  Wolfgang and I exchanged emails a couple of times and I found him to be a warm, friendly, and giving person.  The model railroad community and this forum has experienced a true loss with his passing.   Sad

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Posted by tomikawaTT on Sunday, August 26, 2012 11:33 PM

This is truly sad news.  Wolfgang was one of the best.

My deepest sympathy to those left behind.

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Posted by mlehman on Sunday, August 26, 2012 11:58 PM

Wolfgang was one of the great ones. This is a loss. My condolences to all who knew him and valued him as a friend or family member.

Odd, I just started on a Grandt 25-tonner kit this weekend...

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, August 27, 2012 12:49 AM

Crandell, this is sad news!

Wolfgang was an outstanding model railroader, always there to give a helping hand. He was the motor of the German US prototype model railroading community, his web site a fountain of information and advice.

My condolences go out to his family!

He will be missed.

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Posted by steinjr on Monday, August 27, 2012 2:39 AM

 Oh no! What sad news.

 My deepest sympathy for the family of this extremely nice man and fabulous model railroader.

 Highball, Wolfgang. You have the main.

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Posted by faraway on Monday, August 27, 2012 3:53 AM

I learned so much from him and his great web page. I met him ones in Sinsheim and had the opportunity to switch on his layout. He was a very kind and friendly man. I will miss him.

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Posted by BRAKIE on Monday, August 27, 2012 4:50 AM

Sad news indeed.

 My condolences  to his family..

Larry

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Posted by Svein on Monday, August 27, 2012 5:02 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. I never had the pleasure of knowing him personally, but I've admired his artistic skills for a long time, he was truly a master of the craft.

My deepest condolences go to his family and friends.

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Posted by P&Slocal on Monday, August 27, 2012 5:11 AM

It is so sad to hear of the passing of this true master of model railroading. I never knew the man personally, but could tell that he was dedicated to the things he loved. The Westport Terminal and the Pueblo & Salt Lake railroads will live on in my mind because of Wolfgang's skill at what he did. Wolfgang has now passed over and will join other model railroad masters and icons. I can only imagine the layouts they will create together.

My condolences to Wolfgang's family and friends.

~Rob S.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Monday, August 27, 2012 5:19 AM

I only saw Mr Dudlers work on this forum and his web site, an inspiring Gentleman.

My condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted by TMarsh on Monday, August 27, 2012 6:43 AM

My condolences to his family. I will miss his presence here. He was a fine Model Railroader and a fine man. Always willing to help. 

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Posted by tstage on Monday, August 27, 2012 6:51 AM

This is very sad news indeed, Crandell.  My sympathies as well to Wolfgang's family at this time.

Tom

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Posted by dwhitetop2 on Monday, August 27, 2012 6:55 AM

Rest in peace my friend.

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Posted by Alantrains on Monday, August 27, 2012 7:02 AM

I'm stunned and shocked like everyone else.

Seems like he was a friend although we never met. My sympathies to all, especially the Dudler family.

Wolfgang's modelling inspired many including me. I'll miss his amazing videos.

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Posted by blownout cylinder on Monday, August 27, 2012 7:04 AM

This is so sad.

Condolences to his family.

I appreciated his advice on these forums for a long time...

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Posted by last mountain & eastern hogger on Monday, August 27, 2012 7:19 AM

What sad news to wake up to.

I would like to send condolences as well to all of Wolfgang's Family and friends.

He seemed always to be so comfortable in his role in life and with the things he imagineered he did with such finese.  He truly taught me that less can be more, a lesson I shall not forget.

Double green to you Wolfgang,   thanks for the memory,

Johnboy out........................................

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Posted by gear-jammer on Monday, August 27, 2012 7:38 AM

Sad news.  He will be missed.

Condolences to his family.

Sue

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Posted by superbe on Monday, August 27, 2012 8:00 AM

Just yesterday I thought of him, thinking that I hadn't seen him post in quite a while. I will remember his work particulary The Westport Terminal and his video showing chain link fence gates opening and closing. I was working on a chain link fence at the time,

I always looked forward to seeing his latest work. It was so creative.

God bless you Wolfgang and the Dudler family. 

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Posted by tomkat-13 on Monday, August 27, 2012 8:26 AM

Sorry to hear that Wolfgang has departed. I too enjoyed his posts about his Westport Terminal RR. He will be missed by this forum & the model RR community. Rest in peace. I pray for his family & friends.

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Posted by dknelson on Monday, August 27, 2012 8:33 AM

I too had wondered why we were not hearing more from this expert modeler.  Here is just an example of Wolfgang Dudler's artistry and ability, as preserved on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-XLuLCfHLI

There are others.   One of the signature features of his videos is the smooth slow speed operation of his models, both the trains and the animation.

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Posted by AntonioFP45 on Monday, August 27, 2012 8:33 AM

Guys,

The news of Wolfgang's passing is heartbreaking. My condolences to his family and friends.

Don't forget that Wolfgang made a good number of YouTube videos.  I only hope that his family will leave them on YouTube.  Here are links to some of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP8WF5blFOU&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVzRvpLIoQ4&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSswmqUvcRg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxi07gyKXXs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idzUiKiEXZI

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Posted by AntonioFP45 on Monday, August 27, 2012 8:39 AM

Selector,

Please consider posting a similar thread on the Atlas Rescue, MRH, and other forums you're a member of.

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Posted by rrinker on Monday, August 27, 2012 8:40 AM

 I am literally in shock. Just before popping in here, I read my email, and read about Wolfgang in the LDSIG list. I never met the man, but through conversations in the forum here made him feel like a friend. When Wolfgang posted new photos, you knew you were in for a treat, be it the fine quality of model work or the wonderfully intricate mechanical work like full sound in those tiny critters, or, more often than not, both at the same time.

 My condolences to his familky. He will be missed by many.

 

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Posted by 0-6-0 on Monday, August 27, 2012 8:44 AM

What sad news he will be missed. My condolences to his family . Here is a link to his web sight

http://www.westportterminal.de/

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Posted by howmus on Monday, August 27, 2012 9:01 AM

As others have said... Very sad news for the Model Railroad Community.

RIP Wolfgang Duldler, MMR #452!  One of the best of the best.  I have learned much from his sharing here over the past several years.  He will be missed!

My condolences to his family and many, many friends.

73

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Posted by JoeinPA on Monday, August 27, 2012 9:11 AM

Sorry to hear that we have lost another of our great modelers and innovators. I will miss seeing his postings of developments on his pikes. His Westport Terminal videos inspired me to get off the dime and work on my own layout and his work with small locos was really inspiring. He will be missed.

Joe

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