Ed and I were members of the original O-Train Yahoo group. I was sort of the "three-railer in residence". Even though I was converting scale equipment to run on 3-rail, Ed mentored me past the "ready to run" mindset. I was glad that I was able to be of some help to him on a couple of projects as he helped me on a couple of mine. I was honored when one of my club photos was used as the cover photo for the OScaleModelers Yahoo page. We had a good laugh when MTH released the AGEIR box cab a couple of years after Ed made one in resin.
Even though we never met face to face, I considered him a friend and mentor. I still miss him.
Fondly Remembering Ed Reutling with all his early electromechanical wizardly in O scale application. Back in the day he travelled with an O scale module layout and demonstrated switching with an early Whitlock center cab loco I believe a brass carworks model and a few all nation rolling stock. He was a really bright outspoken person dedicated to Two Rail scale endeavors. He always helped whenever one needed hobby help. I was fortunate to meet him and enjoy his craft many a train show.
Ed was instrumental in drawing me into 0 scale 2 rail at a MD train show with his quarry module some 30 years ago. His engaging personality and pragmatic methods really resonated with me. He seemingly could make anything out of next to nothing. Ed was a talented old school shop teacher who skillfully encouraged others.
If someone could post links to his earlier OGR postings or 0 Scale Trains work in track laying, turnout building, turntable construction or battery powered remote control conversion that would be a wonderful way to embed Ed's work into Matt's signature.
"Matt Jackson "The best service you can provide for the hobby is to pass on what you have learned." "
I remember the quarry module Ed would demonstrate on. This was seen in the late 80’s. The styrofoam blocks were painted and finished to resemble granite. He had them loaded by an automated crane to flat cars. Very interesting portrayals. Ed was a teacher by trade. Ed was encouraging with everything at hand. Always learned something new when visiting his table at shows.
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