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Bill Haithcoat's Health Condition

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#1 pennyk



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:52 PM

Bill Haithcoat, a long time and extremely knowledgeable AU member, has had a health set-back and is currently in a rehabilitation facility.  According to his sister, with whom I have been in email contact, Bill likely will move to an assisted living facility in the future. Bill hopes that he will be able to attend future AU events and further hopes to meet with AU members who pass through Atlanta, as he has done in the past. I do not have any details regarding the medical condition.


I do not know when Bill will have access to the forum.  However, I, together with all the AU staff, wish Bill a speedy recovery and a quick return to the forum.







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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:53 PM

Get well soon my friend! :)

Take care and take trains!

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:54 PM

Seconded. I had a very nice chat with him at the Gathering in Chicago.

Best wishes and prayers to him and his family.
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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:01 PM

Best wishes from me, as well. I enjoyed meeting him at the Chicago Gathering and hope to see him at future Gatherings. :)

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:04 PM

Send him my well-wishes.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:23 PM

Hope you get better Bill.

If you've never met Bill, he is an encyclopedia of former passenger rail routes. Probably the most knowledgeable person I know.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:30 PM

Best wishes Bill! One of the people who made this forum what it is today.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:54 PM

:hi: All the Best My Friend! Hope to see you back on AU Soon and Along  the Rails in 2014!!!

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:08 PM

Wishing Bill all the best!  Always enjoy conversations at the Gatherings and his vast knowledge of railroad history. :)

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:27 PM

Bill's a really good guy who I always enjoyed messaging with.  Wishing him all the best!  

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:32 PM

I hope for the best for Bill and hope to see him on the rails soon!
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:14 PM

Here is to a speedy recovery Bill! I always look forward in seeing and chatting with you when I travel out of Atlanta.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:17 PM



Praying for the best for Bill, He is part of my hanai family.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 05:37 AM

Wishing Bill good health and I hope we see him at the next AU Gathering.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:47 AM


I wish you an 'Acela fast' recovery and that you get 'back on track' soon!



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 10:50 AM



Hope you are better soon, and hope to see you back on the rails! :)


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 11:48 PM

Hope you get better Bill!


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:04 AM

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Mr. Haithcoat!

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:22 AM

Best wishes Bill!

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:39 AM

Best wishes to a very knowledgeable man! :) 

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