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RR_Mel, Melvin Perry (1937-2022)

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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.

Paul

Modeling HO with a transition era UP bent

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

Mel was one of the good ones.  RIP

 

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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 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 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?

Yup.

My sincere condolences to all who loved Mel.

Dan

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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.

Godspeed.

Andy

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

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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.

Tom

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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!

Hornblower

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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 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!

 

Respectfully,

Douglas C.

PM Railfan

 

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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 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 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.

Rich

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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.

Sheldon

    

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:35 AM

Thanks Kevin.

Dave

I'm just a dude with a bad back having a lot of fun with model trains, and finally building a layout!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, July 14, 2022 1:21 AM

hon30critter
Kevin, can you add him to the RIP track please?

Of course.

-Kevin

Living the dream and happily modeling my STRATTON AND GILLETTE Railroad in HO scale. The SGRR is a freelanced Class A railroad as it would have appeared on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954, in my personal fantasy world of plausible nonsense.

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, July 14, 2022 12:12 AM

Dan,

Thank you for passing on the sad news. Please express my condolences to his family.

Every time I saw a post from Mel I knew it would be interesting and informative. His posts were something to look forward to.

He was a creative modeler. I loved the way he powered his illuminated vehicles so that they could be easily moved around the layout. He was a master at creating figures and interiors, and at the use of Arduino technology.

He will be missed. Like others have said, he was one of the good guys!

Kevin, can you add him to the RIP track please?

Dave

I'm just a dude with a bad back having a lot of fun with model trains, and finally building a layout!

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Posted by HO-Velo on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:19 PM

dlm,  Thanks for posting this sad news.  They don't make em' like Melvin anymore.  I'll never forget his kind words and the wonderful way he made me feel good about myself.  Miss you Mel.  My sincere condolences to his family.  Respectfully, Peter  

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Posted by PennCentral99 on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:17 PM

Sorry to hear of his passing, the physical journey is over, Rest in Peace. Thanks to the OP for sharing this with the railroad modeling forum.

To his family and friends, my sincere condolences.

Inspired by Addiction

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:10 PM

I shared emails back and forth with Mel almost from the time that I first joined this forum. He was remarkable with his talents for tiny details, and his pure love of model railroading.

In 2019 I made a trip to California, and I spent two days in Bakersfield. I was supposed to visit Mel, but he became very ill, and I was not able to meet up with him. That was a missed opportunity that I will always be sad about.

Mel was suffering a lot more than he let on when he posted in here. He always tried to be upbeat and positive with the people here, but in real life he was very frustrated with how he was deteriorating.

He valued his relationships with the people here, and loved this forum.

-Kevin

Living the dream and happily modeling my STRATTON AND GILLETTE Railroad in HO scale. The SGRR is a freelanced Class A railroad as it would have appeared on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954, in my personal fantasy world of plausible nonsense.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 10:32 PM

I was very saddened to hear of Mel's passing, an accomplished modeller and one willing to share his knowledge with all of us.

May he rest in peace, and my condolences to his wife and family.

Wayne

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Posted by Trainman440 on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 10:22 PM

Mel was a large contributer in helping answer my constant questions on this forum. He has inspired me greatly with his creative solution and work. I will miss him a lot...may his family finds peace.

Regards,

Charles

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Modeling the Santa Fe & Pennsylvania in HO

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Posted by cowman on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 10:19 PM

So sorry to hear. He was very helpful to me and his patience showed through my thick head.

RIP Mel,

Richard

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Posted by Doughless on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 9:44 PM

Terrible news.  I know some on here were noting that they have not seen him post much lately.  I guess we found out the unfortunate reason.

Condolences to his family.

- Douglas

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 9:42 PM

Here is a link to Mel's blog.

http://melvineperry.blogspot.com/ 

 

I am a Retired Radio Communications Manager having worked for 50 years in designing and maintaining Public Safety Communication Systems.  I have been an avid HO Model Railroader since 1951. I got my inspiration from John Allen's Gorre and Daphetid Railroad. John was a professional photographer and his hobby was building and taking pictures of his HO railroad. John Allen was my hero, when I was 14 years old I went to the store with my Mother and found an issue of Model Railroad Handbook and she bought it for me. It's a Fawcett Book Number 133, it cost 45¢ in 1951. That was a lot of money in 1951, a 24 bottle case of Cokes was 65¢ back then. There is an article starting on page 28 on John Allen's railroad, there is only 4 pages on his layout but I was hooked on HO scale from that day on.

I still have that book and it is still my greatest railroad treasure because of the article about John Allen. The book also gave me all the information I needed to get started on building my first layout. The handbook is a little worn but still in very good condition. That trip to the grocery store set my model railroad life in motion. I have loved model trains since 1945 when my dad gave me a 2-6-2 three rail O-27 gauge Lionel train set for Christmas but that issue of Model Railroad Handbook locked me in to HO gauge for life.  There is an article starting on page 36 on hand laying track and I did that for years. I made my turnouts and laid track by hand with the help of that book and the H&H Hobby Shop on Pershing Drive in El Paso, Texas.

I grew up in El Paso, our next door neighbor worked for the Southern Pacific. He arranged for me to ride in the cab of a Cab Forward from El Paso to Alamogordo New Mexico for my 14th birthday present, on the return trip I rode in the cab of an AC-9 back to El Paso. That day is still my greatest railroad moment.

I now reside in Bakersfield California so I have lived on both ends of the Southern Pacific's Cab Forward Southern Route.  I model the Southern Pacific Railroad of the mid 1950s Steam Era. I have a fleet of 13 Cab Forwards, 3 AC-9 Yellowstones (all 3 are kitbashed Cab Forwards), 3 GS-4 Daylights and 3 GS-4 War Babies, 5 three truck Shays, one 2-6-0 Mother Hubbard Camelback and one 2-6-6-2 articulated logger. And of course my very first HO locomotive an MDC 0-6-0 slope back tender from 1951. I have total of 39 steam locomotives and 30 diesels from the 1950s era.

Brent

It's not the age honey, it's the mileage.

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Posted by woodone on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 9:17 PM

Going to miss him and his posts.

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Posted by Lakeshore Sub on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 9:15 PM

So sorry to hear of Mel's passing.  Thoughts and prayers to his family.

I was always inspired by Mel because he was always working with new ideas and technologies.  Never too old to learn new stuff.

Vaya con Dios Mel!!

Scott Sonntag

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 8:52 PM

Condolences to Mel's family, and his friends.

 

Ricky W.

HO scale Proto-freelancer.

My Railroad rules:

1: It's my railroad, my rules.

2: It's for having fun and enjoyment.

3: Any objections, consult above rules.

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