The passing of Bob Reedy

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The passing of Bob Reedy

Post by Ken Schroeder » Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:38 pm

I just had a phone call from Bob Reedy's wife saying that he passed away on Tuesday July 22nd. He was 86 years old and had retired 22 years ago as a machinist. He had several articles in the Live Steam magazine and was a fantastic builder. He had just completed a wrecking crane about 1 month ago which his wife said is to appear in the January issue of Live Steam & Outdoor Railroading. He was a member of the Sacramento Valley Live Steamers.


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Re: The passing of Bob Reedy

Post by Postwarbob » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:10 pm

How sad . I got to see his crane during the construction phase at the track in Sacramento. Beautiful work. Hope to see the finished model. Bob was a very interesting man to talk with.
RIP BOB............

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Re: The passing of Bob Reedy

Post by LSGOD » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:21 pm

Bob was a great guy. I helped him on most of his projects. He was an extremely gifted machinest and fabricator. I will miss him.


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Re: The passing of Bob Reedy

Post by GS14403 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:11 pm

Ken, thanks for posting this, otherwise a lot of us would not have heard. The SVLS website has information about a celebration of life which will be held on August 3rd. The information can be found here.

I have always been in awe of Bob's work. He was a very talented machinist and an all around good guy. The hobby has lost another irreplaceable member and he will be missed. Attached are a few photographs of his Climax and Atlantic. Somewhere I am hoping I have some photographs of his crane and if I can find them I will also post them here.

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Re: The passing of Bob Reedy

Post by paralleler » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:56 am

I recently purchased a two-truck Climax #38 from Discover Live Steam. While searching the history of the locomotive, the name Bob Reedy came up and possible speculation began that I had his locomotive. Nope! Both a very knowledgable member of GGLS along with a new friend I met just a few weeks earlier who provided me with photos of Bob's locomotive made it official. What a handsome three-truck Climax #33 Bob had built! I was told that Bob had donated his Climax to his church where it was sold as a fund raiser. Does anyone know where it is now?

Meanwhile I continue to learn and clean-up the Climax I purchased. It ventured from Florida to California in 2013. I was told there were no drawings and that the gentleman in Florida had not known if it was built based from the Kozo book. So who was the original builder of #38? I have since gotten a copy of Kozo's Climax book and am almost certain #38 is based off of it. More on this later.

Godspeed Bob!
Bob, A Friend, & Climax #33
Bob Enjoying A Ride On His Climax
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Climax #38 at GGLS

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Re: The passing of Bob Reedy

Post by Rob Gardner » Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:55 pm

Does anyone have a reference to the month and year that Bob had the article about the construction of his PRR Atlantic in Live Steam? I've misplaced it and would like to pick up another copy of it. Had a lot of great tips and tricks and photos of how he went about fabricating his PV cylinders among other things.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: The passing of Bob Reedy

Post by BAdams » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:29 am

Live Steam - May/June 2009, July/August 2009.


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Re: The passing of Bob Reedy

Post by Rob Gardner » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:58 pm

Thank you for the dates!

Does anyone know where he is early E-6 Atlantic is now?

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