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Bob Jones (
Date:Sat 06 Jan 2007 09:34:56 PM EST
 Your Artwork will live on & thanks for keeping Pennsy in the limelight.

Louis Fols (
Date:Fri 05 Jan 2007 10:31:17 AM EST
 Many thanks for keeping the PRR alive.

Arlene Petersen (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 11:19:50 PM EST
Subject:Gil's passing
 My husband and I are personal friends of Gil and we will miss him immensely as a person and as an artist. I am privileged to have two signed Gil Reid prints and feel even more privileged to have been friends with him the last several years. The railroad world has truly lost a valuable artist and friend. We recently were able to visit with him and bring him the gift of a framed steam train photo that my husband took. He enjoyed it very much and I know that he is enjoying riding the trains again now! God Bless, Gil!

frank Pratt (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 11:01:01 PM EST
Subject:Gill Reid
 I will alwys treasure the picture I have that gill sold me several years ago at Train Fest. He even signed it for me. our prayers go with him

Bob Crosby (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 09:58:52 PM EST
 My father, John R. Crosby, contributed many stories to 'Trains' magazine that appeared with Gil's work. I am saddened to hear of his death. I hope that these two railroad greats are enjoying their time back together. My brother Mike will be at the memorial service representing the entire Crosby family. You have my long-distance prayers.

Bob Flores (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 07:41:19 PM EST
Subject:Will Miss a Great One
  I had the honor and pleasure to attend his presentation at the PRRTHS meeting, and revisit with him later. Talking with Gil, he explained how to both create and breath life into those locomotives, even if they were mostly canvas and oil. Not only that, he could explain it well enough to make you believe that you also could do the same. Imagine that, Gil certainly did. Gil will be missed, yet he will live on in the memories of those fortunate to have shared his life and work, now and for generations to come. He was a Master, and went to meet his only Master, he served us well. Bob Flores Columbus, Ohio

Gary Elshoff (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 07:38:00 PM EST
Subject:My friend, Gil Reid
 'This is my friend, Gil Reid.' How sublime and natural it was for me to make an introduction of this truly wonderful man. Sublime because we were again in the presence of a gentleman whose God-given blessing was to lay down on canvas or paper stylized renderings of steam locomotives. Steam locomotives! And passenger trains. Passenger trains! And tracks, and roadbeds, and automobiles, and trucks, and mountains, and headlight beams, and switchstands, and cinder piles, and semaphore signals, and nuts and bolts, and . . . people working on, about and enjoying trains. WHAT A BLESSING!! Whenever I was given the opportunity, the thrill, to introduce Gil Reid to another person, the happy hollows of my contenance seemed to push forth an uncontrolled smile to my face. It was as if I couldn't refrain from sharing my fondness and good fortune with another lucky person who would soon be in that fortunate group of people whose choice phrase was to exclaim, "I met Gil Reid." And natural. The friendship I shared with Gil Reid ('Gil' never was enough. It was always 'Gil Reid', as if it was an incomplete phrasing to say 'steam' without 'locomotive.' Or 'Milwaukee' without 'Road.') was one of humility. We both were humble and defferential in our shared presence. And anyone who knew Gil Reid would surely provide a second to the motion that he was a humble, beautiful man. It was only natural for me to like and enjoy Gil Reid. Now my life's work is in art. And my art is in no small way another means to measure the man, Gil Reid. His influence on me and my friends and family was deep and permanent. My friend, Gil Reid. How blessed I am to have those words as his legacy in my life. My friend, Gil Reid. God bless you, sir. Gary Elshoff Grafton, Wisconsin

Geoffrey Hearn (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 04:35:15 PM EST
Subject:Gil Reid
 I am very sorry to hear of such a great man's passing,my condolences go to his family and friends.It is people like Gil Reid that have made my love of trains such a moving experience,thanks for the memories Gil,Geoff

Ted M. Andrews (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 03:55:27 PM EST
 It was people like Gil, who along with others like Don Wood, Don Ball, et al. made this hobby so fascinating. I was too young to see these magnificent steam engines run. Gil gave all of us eyes to see them live again. God speed Gil. My prayers to you and your family.

Jim Walker (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 02:53:52 PM EST
Subject:Gil Reid's passing
 I am sorry to hear of Gil Reid's passing. I enjoyed the many illustrations by this very talented artist.

Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 01:42:48 PM EST
  I`m sorry that Gil has passed, I`m somewhat positive that he was as talented in building personal relations as he was an artist. Isn`t it sad that one and all get sick, grow old and die no matter who or what we are. I looked at the website and reliezed that I have looked at his works and enjoyed them thru-out my time of model railroading. I just rarely look at who`s works they are and more how it/they relate to railroading. As it says in Mal:- "a book of rememberances" and look forward to meeting and enjoying what Gil will produce and be then. With agapa~ love! Andrew.

Joseph R. Hazinski (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 11:13:20 AM EST
Subject:Gil's passing
 I guess I knew this would happen someday. Gil was a great man, a kind but firm person. For a time I was store manager for the Fox River Trolley Museum and living in Milwaukee I would pick up my orders in person so I got to know him a little. I remember him telling me that he always wanted to paint scenes that did not exist in a photograph and that he never copied a view of a photograph. If you look at his paintings there will be a combination of equipment or an angle or some twist that does not exist in a known photograph. His paintings, as you can tell by his web site each have stories to them. My greatest pleasure was loaning him some sides of the AE&FR lightweight car at Union (Illinois Railway Museum) which was painted in the original colors so he could use them for a reference for a Christmas card commission from Chris Burger. It was a C&NW E-class Atlantic (I think Chris has or had the bell for the locomotive numbered)on a bridge crossing over a street in Elgin, Illinois with an AE&FR Birney car coming eastbound past the old Sinclair gas station. By letting Gil know the date of the end of service for the particular car line, he could be sure the picture was historically accurate. My biggest regret was never commissioning a painting of a CA&E train composed of cars 20, 315 and 316 sparking along the thrid rail on a cold Winter night. When I expressed the concept to him, his face lit up as he had witnessed the the CA&E at night and that he was sure he could do such a painting. The time, money(we never seriously talked about that),Gil and my persistance never came together at the same moment. I treasure the prints I have and even more the times we talked about railroads and the images he and others have created to represent them. God rest his soul.

Andrew Doney (
Date:Thu 04 Jan 2007 12:16:43 AM EST
Subject:Gil's Passing
 I think it goes without saying that we have lost one of the greatest railroad artists of the 20th Century. You were an inspiration to many, many people. And I'm sure that you will continue to inspire people in the years to come. My condolences to your family in this very trying time. May God Bless you always.

Bob Gile (
Date:Wed 03 Jan 2007 09:57:26 PM EST
Subject:Mr. Reid's Passing
 I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Reid's leaving this world. But I would guess he is painting even more beautiful pictures now. I have two prints of his work and they are some of my favorite possessions. His touch brought a reality to rail art that no one else could find. Whenever I look at one of his works, I can hear the rumble and feel the ground shake as the train goes by. His work will remain as a happy memory of him in the future. Sincerely, Bob Gile Gordon, WI

Neil Besougloff, editor Classic Toy Trains magazine (
Date:Wed 03 Jan 2007 05:20:27 PM EST
Subject:Gil's passing
 So long, Gil. I'm a richer person for having known you. Neil Besougloff, editor, Classic Toy Trains magazine

Robert R. Mitchell (
Date:Wed 03 Jan 2007 03:34:23 AM EST
Subject:The passing of Gil Reid
 It is a sad thing when someone you never met but know very well has left us. I know that his art work will keep his memory alive for a very long time. Thank you Mr. Reid

Allan J. Heffler (
Date:Sat 23 Dec 2006 05:13:06 PM EST
Subject:Railroad Art
 Enjoyed your interview PBS-WNPI today with the late Chuck Zehner. Ihave a framed copy of your painting "Emperors of the Road",New York Centrals Mohawk 3005 which I enjoy having on my wall and will forever treasure. All the best for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bill Spencer (
Date:Sat 09 Dec 2006 09:34:26 AM EST
Subject:Enjoyed finding your web sight.
 I enjoyed finding your web sight. You have some great looking prints. I placed an order. I am sure that it will be better than the small picture on the web. I wll be watching for additions.

Don Daley Jr., RN (
Date:Tue 17 Oct 2006 11:49:26 PM EDT
Subject:Pleasure to view your artwork first hand
 Gil, I wanted to say that when your friend/partner showed me some of your artwork first hand that I really enjoyed it. Even though I'm only 28 years old and have ridden on only a handful of trains, I very appreciate you capturing the beauty of local (Milwaukee) and historal stations and trains. You are a very skilled man. Sincerely, Don Daley Jr., RN

Anthony Rizos (
Date:Thu 17 Aug 2006 12:58:13 PM EDT
Subject:Nice work
 I was looking at the 5/15/75 Amtrak system timetable with your artwork on the cover, liked it very much, and enjoyed finding your site.

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