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RR_Mel, Melvin Perry (1937-2022)

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Thursday, July 14, 2022 5:32 AM

I will miss Mel, he was an inspiration to all. Rest in peace.



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Posted by richhotrain on Thursday, July 14, 2022 5:43 AM

I am sad to learn of Mel's passing. After the other thread was started last week, I emailed Mel to ask him how he was doing and to let him know that we were missing him on the forum. When I did not hear back, I became concerned so I morbidly started checking obituaries. When nothing showed up, I continued to hope for the best.

Mel was one of the most influential members of the forum. His electronic skills were extraordinary and he was a master at using resin casting to make "little people" as he called them. One of Mel's most impressive feats in my opinion was the creation of a double crossover using four Atlas Code 83 #6 turnouts all soldered together. It turned out to be a flawless masterpiece.

He will surely be missed on this forum. Rest in peace, Mel.


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Posted by Ablebakercharlie on Thursday, July 14, 2022 8:14 AM

As you have all said, such terribly sad news to hear of Mel's passing.  He was one of the big reasons why I enjoyed reading this forum.  His information and helpful advice were always spot on.

I was stuck with a problem and emailed him for advice.  He immediately offered to call me on the phone to work on the problem and we wound up talking over an hour with me trying to absorb as much info as I could!

We had another conversation about how he makes his Mel figures along with wiring ideas for my layout among other things. We both groused about a certain person who has since been banned from this forum.   

He was a true gentleman with a sincere interest to help his fellow modelers and I am so very sad that he is now gone.   

This community has lost a great man.

- charles


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Posted by Tophias on Thursday, July 14, 2022 9:43 AM

Truly sad news indeed.  To his wife, family, and all his RR friends here my deepest condolences.

Similar to what I commented when Randy Rinker passed, Mel's contributions here on the forum, and to model railroading in general, are exceeded by none. I'm sure Mel forgot more about modeling than I'll ever know. But much more importantly to me was the character of Mel.  He was always, always willing to offer help and suggestions. Never condescendin, always positive to all. I never spoke with Mel, nor even pm with him, but I feel I know him , that he was a friend. The individual help he offered me when I posted was not just spot on, but it seemed to make a connection to me personally. Just as a friend would. A true gentleman, I can't ever remember another member being critical to Mel in any way here on the forum.  I'm sure he will be missed by all, no more than me. 

Rest In Peace Mel, you have earned it.  Wish nothing but all green signals on your next run.

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Posted by PM Railfan on Thursday, July 14, 2022 11:57 AM

When the post went up earlier - "Hey-wheres Mel?" I kinda got a bad feeling too. Im sorry to see now the reason why. My condolences to his loving wife, and family.

Our paths didnt cross that much, and when they did it was always train related. Couple quick phone calls, couple emails, few posts back and forth. Just the friendly commraderie that is one of the core beliefs of this very unique hobby. Mel was a good guy, helped many and im sure wouldve made that many more if he had the choice.

Hopefully, somewhere in the world, on the day we lost Mel, may there have been born a Railfan that can follow in his 'tracks'.

Clear Ahead Mel!



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Posted by Lazers on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:37 PM

Mel's passing is sad news.

When I read his blog and used one of his methods to help me with my Track, I contacted him to say thanks and asked how he came to think-up that idea.

His casual reply was, "Oh, I just like tinkering with things". RIP Mel.

"It's the South Shore Line, Jim - but not as we know it".

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Posted by hornblower on Thursday, July 14, 2022 4:59 PM

Very sorry to learn of Mel's passing.  He provided so much experienced knowledge on this forum.  I especially appreciated all of the experience, advice and research he shared regarding repowering projects.  A great loss to us all!


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Posted by Sparky Rail on Thursday, July 14, 2022 9:36 PM

Count me as one of the many that looked forward to Mel contributing to a thread. I will miss him.

My condolences, and may he rest in peace.


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Posted by The Milwaukee Road Warrior on Thursday, July 14, 2022 9:52 PM

This is sad news.  Sad

Highball up ahead Mel.




Milwaukee native modeling the Milwaukee Road in 1950's Milwaukee.

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Posted by Southgate 2 on Friday, July 15, 2022 1:45 AM

Ahw, the thread I've been fearfully anticipating. 

I can only agree with all the forgoing, with little to add.

There's this: When I had a question about Southern Pacific's fonts on their locomotives, my road too, who came forward with the (pronounced thee) ACCURATE answer?


My sincere condolences to all who loved Mel.


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Posted by Seeker_CNY on Friday, July 15, 2022 3:08 PM

I too will miss Mel. He was one of my model railroading heroes, a guy who kindly taught us how he performed the many wonderful things he did. An inspiration to us all. Thank you Mel. May you rest in peace and blessings to your family.

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Posted by Tin Can II on Friday, July 15, 2022 4:37 PM

I am amazed at the work that Mel did at age 85 on his kitbashed SP lounge car.  Cutting and splicing, LED lighting, adding figures.  With arthritis.

I am new to his blog; hope it stays up a while so I can catch up on what is now his legacy.

He was always gracious on this forum.  Condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted by Billwiz on Friday, July 15, 2022 9:32 PM

Mel was one of the good ones.  RIP


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Posted by groundeffects on Friday, July 15, 2022 11:36 PM

Like everyone else I too am saddened by Mel's passing.  When I was going through the MR forum topics and I saw his name, I would always stop and read what he had to say.  I loved looking at the pictures of his SP models and his painted "little people".  I think of all the contributors on MR's forums, I think Mel would have made an excellent editor/writer for MR itself.  

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Jeff B

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Posted by peahrens on Sunday, July 17, 2022 5:50 PM

Mel was a prime example of what can be good about the hobby; a most helpful, positive and expert contributor to the community.  I enjoyed my active participation from 2010 to this year even more due to help and interesting input from Mel.  My condolences to the family and his personal friends.


Modeling HO with a transition era UP bent

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