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In Memoriam: Richard J. (Dick) Cecil, 1934 - 2018

Milwaukee-area model railroader Dick Cecil died on Feb. 16, 2018. He was 84 years old.

Dick was no stranger to Kalmbach Publishing Co. He was born Jan. 27, 1934, and often commented that he was born the same month and year as Model Railroader magazine. He appeared with Wayne Wesolowski in the Kalmbach Video production Building Model Railroad Wood Structures. He also built the 4 x 8-foot HO scale Madison Central layout in the World’s Greatest Hobby video Building Your First Model Railroad.

In addition, Dick served as superintendent, assistant superintendent, and director of the National Model Railroad Association’s Wisconsin Southeastern Division and president, vice president, director, and contest judge for the NMRA’s Midwest Region. Dick was one of three chairmen for the NMRA’s 50th anniversary convention in Milwaukee in 1985.

Dick served as co-chairman of Trainfest (, the world’s largest operating model railroad show, held the second week of November in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wis. He was also chairman of the board of the East Troy Railroad Museum (, which preserves and operates interurban railcars and trolleys

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