It saddens me to post this notice about the passing of a legend in the railroad hobby. Please view this announcement prepared by Ed Hawkins, Norm Buckhart and this author.
Frank H. Peacock
Frank Peacock passed away at the age of 77 on 2 December, 2021. He had passed away after a difficult battle against Mesothelioma. The disease progressed quickly robbing Frank of many things he loved doing. As many of you know, he was a frequent participant in historical society meetings, prototype modeling events and model railroad shows. Frank was a fountain of knowledge on a number of railroads and had a particular interest in freight cars. He had a remarkable memory for specific cars including what appliances, paint scheme and truck types. His knowledge was not limited to just one or two railroads but many. Ed Hawkins shared his affinity for freight cars and all the wonderful technical details that make this subject so fascinating. Ed and Frank developed a close friendship that spanned over twenty years.
Frank served our country as Naval officer and dentist. Upon retirement he decided to try his dental skills working for Aramco Company in Saudi Arabia. Frank settled down in the Austin, Texas area developing close friendships with Bruce Blalock, Jim Zwernemann, A.T. Kott, Dick Harley and Norm Buckhart among others.
Dick worked closely with Frank on a number Union Pacific related projects. Norm found that Frank was a guiding light on his ¼” scale import projects. He advised Norm on what cars to produce and to be sure the details were correctly executed. Frank made a visit to Norm’s shop and discovered a major flaw in a number of his car projects. It ended up costing $65,000 to fix it but was the right thing to do. Sadly Frank will not be able to see the completion of Protocraft’s latest to import model project of UTLX and General American tank cars.
One of Frank’s passions was baseball. He made an annual trek to Phoenix to witness spring training. Like everything in his life, he had each trip planned out in minute detail all contained on a stack of 3”x5” cards. Many of his trips were repeats year after year each time refreshing his memory as the best places to eat and stay along his path. It was his analog of a smart phone with navigation.
Frank Peacock will be interned at the Resthaven Cemetery in Jacksonville, Texas on Sunday 5 December at 2PM.
We will miss you.