Tucker’s Hobbies—End of an Era

Final Friday Night in Warren.

Tucker’s Hobbies was the dream business for my late friend and mentor, Robert A. Buck, who in 1981 relocated and transformed his Tucker’s Hardware into Tucker’s Hobbies. This had long been a focal point for railway interest, a place to meet railroaders, model railroaders, enthusiasts, and others.

Bob Buck presides at Tucker's Hobbies back in January 2001. Exposed on Ilford HP5 with a Nikon N90S with 24mm AF lens and fill flash.
Bob Buck presides at Tucker’s Hobbies back in January 2001. Exposed on Ilford HP5 with a Nikon N90S with 24mm AF lens and fill flash.

I’ve been regularly visiting Tucker’s since its hardware store days on Main Street in Warren. In the 1980s, I was a regular for Friday night sessions and despite living in myriad locations, I’ve often come back for visits.

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Tucker’s on the final Friday evening, May 16, 2014; exposed with Canon EOS 7D.
Rich Reed at Tuckers.
Rich Reed at Tuckers.

Bob Buck passed away in October 2011. Yet, the store has remained open on Friday and Saturday’s. However, all things must end. And this past weekend (May 16-17) represented the store’s final opening hours in Warren.

I called into Tucker’s for an hour Friday night (May 16) to visit with old friends and take a final look at the shop. I made these digital images using my Canon EOS 7D. This was a venue that via Bob Buck had a profound influence on my interests in railways and on my photography.

Yet Tucker’s legacy lives on, and the store will be taking a new form as Palmer Hobbies opening soon on Main Street in nearby Palmer, Massachusetts.

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Turning the sign at the end of the night.
Turning the sign at the end of the night.
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Tucker’s on the final Friday evening, May 16, 2014; exposed with Canon EOS 7D.

For more about Tucker’s Hobbies see: http://www.tuckershobbies.com/store/pages/closing.htm

www.tuckershobbies.com/store/images/gallery/store/index.htm

For details on Palmer Hobbies see:  http://www.palmerhobbies.com/

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