Noel Weaver's Collection and Memorial

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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by XC Tower » Thu May 23, 2019 10:24 am

I truly enjoyed this gentleman's posts.....By his words, one could see that he was a real railroader in the finest sense of the word.....Of the generation that was so nice to us kids who loved trains.....
He will be missed as they are, but remembered always....


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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Thu May 23, 2019 11:15 am

I first met Noel during September 1960 on a CNJ fan trip. I next saw him again during 1969 at WestConn NRHS meetings and on a fan trip to Cape Cod.

After he retired and moved to Ft. Lauderdale, I still saw him for several "viewings" (no trespassing) of FEC property. I visited with him at his condo and/or my hotel. He was always optimistic about passenger trains again.on the FEC, but we lost one another before the AAF/Brightline/Virgin initiative moved forth (just as well; in view of my skepticism of such within the private sector).

So Noel, I'm sure your in the cab of the #363 (I think the EP-4 was your favorite NH electric) safely handling #25 to New Haven and ready for its 4 minute engine change there.

Rest in peace, My friend.

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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by Arborwayfan » Thu May 23, 2019 12:26 pm

Amen. Goodbye to a good virtual friend and teacher.

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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by NaugyRR » Thu May 23, 2019 12:45 pm

Growing up in northwestern Connecticut and spending many holidays and summers with family in Waterbury pretty much groomed me as a fan of the New Haven and other local railroads. Noel's impressive expanse of knowledge and first-hand accounts truly brought the area's railroad history alive for me, and turned what are now photos in books, old rails buried in the woods, and rusting equipment on sidings into living history. I'm grateful that during my short time on these forums that I was able to learn what I have from what he's shared, and I truly appreciate that what I'm sure is only a fraction of his knowledge will carry on in these message boards.

Thank you for sharing your career and passion with us, Noel. You will be missed, and may my sincerest condolences go out to your family.
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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by kilroy » Thu May 23, 2019 1:54 pm

A sad day for all here on

I didn't know Noel personally but always respected him for his knowledgeable posts. He will be missed by many.
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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by scoostraw » Thu May 23, 2019 2:15 pm

Sh*t. I am very sorry to hear this. Thank you for letting us know.

God Speed Noel.

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Re: Passing of Noel Weavel

Post by CarterB » Thu May 23, 2019 3:34 pm

Noel will be sorely missed by all his friends and followers on A class gentleman with tremendous knowledge.
RIP, Noel Weaver.
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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by airman00 » Thu May 23, 2019 7:22 pm

Sorry to hear that... My condolences. Noel Weaver was perhaps the most knowledgeable person on this website!

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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by C-LINER 2001 » Thu May 23, 2019 8:13 pm

Mr Weaver, you are one in a million, we all lost a true historian and friend on, rest in peace Mr Weaver and you will be missed!, Bob

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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by Greg Moore » Thu May 23, 2019 9:18 pm

What a loss. This is so sad...
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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by Otto Vondrak » Thu May 23, 2019 10:19 pm

Noel was extremely talented, extremely knowledgeable. I will miss his reminisces of working the Waterbury Branch, and his insight into the railroad industry in general. We traded timetables now and again. His friendship will be missed, I am deeply saddened by his passing.

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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by David Benton » Thu May 23, 2019 10:39 pm

A true gentleman passed on. what impressed me most recently , was his passion and excitement for the new Brightline service, despite his age and failing health.
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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by BM6569 » Fri May 24, 2019 6:52 am

He had the best stories and will be missed!

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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by Adams_Umass_Boston » Fri May 24, 2019 7:38 am

It was not uncommon to see Noel across many of the boards here.
He was a nice man.

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Re: Passing of Noel Weaver

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Fri May 24, 2019 8:14 am

Noel was never married, and all I know of his immediate family is that he has/d a Sister who resides/d in North Carolina.

There has been no obituary posted to date.

He last resided at a nursing home in Pompano Beach. Likely one hundred of those within the municipal limits.

It would be great if these postings could be passed to his family, if any surviving, so they could know how respected his thoughts, which he stood behind without "hiding" using a screenname, were at this site.

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