We lost The Godfather of Indiana p-48 builders on 4/24/2019. John passed mid-day after having lunch with his step-daughter, and preparing to hook-up a new hot-tub that had been delivered. His most recent modeling is an unfinished Mike O’Connell UltraScale NP passenger car, being converted to a Cloverleaf (NKP) parlor car.
John was a consummate fan of the Nickle Plate Road and loved Proto48. He was an early adopter of the exact scale standard. Indiana was fortune to have four long-time Proto48 modelers: John Eichman, Warner Clark, Jim Canter and Carl Jackson. I am sure that this small community had felt the loss. Carl always talked about his joy of getting together with John for lunch on a weekly basis. He also mentioned that John had completed equipping his large roster of freight cars with the correct axle size using Grabowski/Protocraft steel wheels. His background in railroading with the Norfolk and Western drove him to getting a basic thing like the right axle size for the capacity of the car. We modelers often overlook this detail. Protocraft does offer P48 wheel sets with different axle diameter all the way down to 30-ton. I have been told that John’s layout ran like a fine Swiss watch. Trackwork was impeccable as were the drives on his locomotives.
I was fortunate to have met John once at O Scale West. He was a very helpful person. Once, I asked him for help on a possible NKP project for Chooch. John was very helpful in sending me a good deal of information to help with the project.
John was seven weeks shy of his 90th birthday, leaving his wife – Markie, several children from his first marriage; and several step-children. He will be greatly missed by those infected with the p-48 virus and the Nickel Plate Railroad.
I want to thank Warner Clark for letting me know of John’s passing.