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RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013

Just saw this on Facebook. Great guy. I just spoke with him via phone at the rehab center a few days ago and he sounded great.


It is with deep regret we report the untimely death of longtime member Frank Pfuhler. Frank recently underwent surgery and was in rehab until the other day awaiting discharge. There will be a complete tribute and biography forthcoming!
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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by chud1 on Wed Jul 24 14:14:03 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

RIP to Frank Pfuhler and my prayers to his family as he goes to that great railroad in da sky.
chud1.
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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by trains61 on Wed Jul 24 14:23:25 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

Classic photos.

R.I.P.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by FYBklyn1959 on Wed Jul 24 15:46:44 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

Isn't he the one who has a bunch of pics on nycsubway.org, mostly on the Jamaica el, taken in the mid to late 50s? I always look at his pics of the 15 Jamaica Local, looking to see if my grandfather was at the controls (haven't found him yet).

RIP

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Jul 24 16:39:56 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

Aw, damn. His mid 50's color shots of the system were legendary tier:





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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Jul 24 16:41:29 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by FYBklyn1959 on Wed Jul 24 15:46:44 2013.

Yes, as well as some awesome LIRR shots from the same era:

The original Mott Ave/Far Rock station:



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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by CJ on Wed Jul 24 16:47:59 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

RIP Frank. Thanks for the classic photos. Condolences go out to his family.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:58:30 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Jul 24 16:39:56 2013.

Look at the painted advert in the background to the right of the 8 car marker :)

your pal,
Fred

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:59:06 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

RIP. His photos are truly historic and inspirational.

your pal,
Fred

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Jon Bell on Wed Jul 24 17:09:49 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:59:06 2013.

And his movies, which have been made into several commercial videos: Third Avenue El, North Shore Line, CA&E, ...


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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Jul 24 17:12:04 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:58:30 2013.



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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by monorail on Wed Jul 24 19:31:29 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

RIP

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Newkirk Images on Wed Jul 24 19:43:04 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

From SLTM:

It's my sad duty to report that trolley museum member Frank Pfuhler passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning. Frank as a young man was a key figure in the development of the museum in the 1950s and 1960s, including the acquisition and restoration of car PCC 1001 and the construction of Barn 3. After a hiatus from railfan activities to raise a family, Frank re-joined the museum in 1998 and became an active and passionate volunteer. He was an early and vocal supporter of the Elevating the Collection campaign, and an early adopter of digital technology, having scanned thousands of his and others' photographs for email circulation. Frank would have turned 78 in a few weeks.

SLTM



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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by mike cruz on Wed Jul 24 19:51:20 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

RIP Frank, you brought us lots of great pictures and beautiful looks into the past.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by 5119 on Wed Jul 24 19:59:10 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Jul 24 16:41:29 2013.

He also the narrator for New York Elevated

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by 5119 on Wed Jul 24 20:00:22 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:58:30 2013.

His pictures of the system during the 1950's are priceless.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by 5119 on Wed Jul 24 20:00:26 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:58:30 2013.

His pictures of the system during the 1950's are priceless.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by jan k. lorenzen on Thu Jul 25 00:36:23 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by mike cruz on Wed Jul 24 19:51:20 2013.

I am honored to have been his acquaintance, and having him work beside me while I was redoing B&QT 1001's body work and paint 8 years ago. He did the first restoration about the time I was born.

If only I could have seen what he saw with his eyes when he was shooting all this outstanding film.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Wallyhorse on Thu Jul 25 00:39:37 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

So sorry to hear! He provided MANY great pics of the system from the days gone by.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by SUBWAYMAN on Thu Jul 25 01:26:30 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

RIP Frank Pfuhler.

His photos he took of the NY Subway in the 1950s are excellent. He was recently working on a Brooklyn El car at SLTM. He will be missed.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by TransitChuckG on Thu Jul 25 06:45:33 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by SUBWAYMAN on Thu Jul 25 01:26:30 2013.

Never met him in person, but he was one of a kind.
I have many of his videos.
RIP,Frank

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by MainR3664 on Thu Jul 25 08:10:03 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

How old was he? He certainly did take some fantastic photos!!! It's especially sad to hear of his passing just when he seemed to be getting better...

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by MainR3664 on Thu Jul 25 08:11:46 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Jul 24 16:39:56 2013.

Great shots!! Was that (Pic 2) the Ozone Park station as it existed from 1956-62? Or did the LIRR end even further from the subway during that period?

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by MainR3664 on Thu Jul 25 08:12:39 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:58:30 2013.

HAHA!!!

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by r33/r36 mainline on Thu Jul 25 09:36:12 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

I enjoyed looking at this photos, RIP.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by VictorM on Thu Jul 25 10:21:36 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by MainR3664 on Thu Jul 25 08:11:46 2013.

That was the Brooklyn Manor station at Jamaica Av & 100 St, with the Jamaica BMT (it looks like an R16) passing overhead.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by VictorM on Thu Jul 25 10:28:39 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by MainR3664 on Thu Jul 25 08:10:03 2013.

The post from Newkirk Images above says he was almost 78.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by SLRT on Thu Jul 25 10:48:12 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

Oh, that is sad news. Another of the old guard passes. It makes one look over one's shoulder for the Grim Brakeman.


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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Thu Jul 25 12:47:52 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by VictorM on Thu Jul 25 10:21:36 2013.

Yep, dated 1955.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by MR RT on Thu Jul 25 13:48:22 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

I considered Frank a friend for many years.
He will be missed by a lot of folks who got to know him directly or thru his sharing of photos (his & others).
Recently he was sharing early adv from railfan publications (early 20th centery) that he got form the Branford Library.
RIP

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by MainR3664 on Thu Jul 25 14:26:30 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by VictorM on Thu Jul 25 10:21:36 2013.

Ok, thank you.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by MainR3664 on Thu Jul 25 14:27:48 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by VictorM on Thu Jul 25 10:28:39 2013.

Thank you.

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Mark S. Feinman on Thu Jul 25 14:55:02 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:58:30 2013.

Shut the front door!!

--Mark

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Newkirk Images on Thu Jul 25 17:13:41 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by SUBWAYMAN on Thu Jul 25 01:26:30 2013.

He was recently working on a Brooklyn El car at SLTM. He will be missed

Yes, el trailer car #197. For a man of 77 years of age, he poured out his heart and sweat to bring that car back to life. I saw the photos he sent in e-mails of the progress.

Frank was a very valuable asset at SLTM. He was a part of the old guard who helped through his volunteerism to make SLTM what it is today.

Now, he's gone and someone is needed to fill the void to help complete the Restoration of #197. Shame, that Frank didn't live to see the elevation of the collection. He will be missed.

SLTM has lost some of the old guard as of late, so now we look to the future. Volunteers are needed to put down high tech ipods and such and pick up tools and keep those old tech cars running.

Bill Newkirk





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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Newkirk Images on Thu Jul 25 17:19:47 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by VictorM on Thu Jul 25 10:28:39 2013.

The post from Newkirk Images above says he was almost 78.

I was told he would have turned 78 in a couple of months.

Bill Newkirk



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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by Wado MP73 on Thu Jul 25 20:17:58 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

His photos will remain with us.

RIP

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by G1Ravage on Thu Jul 25 20:28:07 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Fred G on Wed Jul 24 16:58:30 2013.

tee-hee!

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Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler

Posted by seabeachexpress on Thu Jul 25 20:34:26 2013, in response to RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by R PansePCC on Wed Jul 24 13:23:29 2013.

So sad to hear of Mr. Pfuhler's untimely passing. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him, I have had much enjoyment seeing his wonderful photos, specially the color ones in the mid 1950's. May he rest in peace.

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Brooklyn Manor

Posted by NorthShore on Thu Jul 25 21:20:15 2013, in response to Re: RIP Frank Pfuhler, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Wed Jul 24 16:39:56 2013.

The Frank Pfuhler photo of the LIRR Rockaway Branch Brooklyn Manor Station with the R-16's above on the Jamaica Line is spectacular.
I was surprised that the Brooklyn Manor station is wood. I thought the Rockaway Branch was rebuilt with modern concrete stations in the 1930's & '40's as a Federal WPA Project to "Rapid Transit Specification" for conversion to subway and connection to the Queens Blvd. Line.


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Re: Brooklyn Manor

Posted by murray1575 on Thu Jul 25 22:03:15 2013, in response to Brooklyn Manor, posted by NorthShore on Thu Jul 25 21:20:15 2013.

That was true of the stations on the Rockaway Peninsula itself as the original stations were at ground level not on an elevated structure (which was completed in 1942). I belive that New York State partially funded the project as the primary purpose was to eliminate the numerous grade crossings in the Rockaways.

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Re: Brooklyn Manor

Posted by Joe V on Fri Jul 26 08:49:34 2013, in response to Brooklyn Manor, posted by NorthShore on Thu Jul 25 21:20:15 2013.

Just Woodhaven Jct (Atlantic Av), and maybe something left of Ozone Park (don't remember).
The former looks much like Locust Manor, with the oval shaped canopies.


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