Monthly Archives: March 2009

Harold Crouch, live steamer

In July 2000, Tom Fedor of Thurmont, Maryland, visited the Finger Lakes Live Steamers in upstate Clyde, New York. He had the chance to meet Harold Crouch while he was busy steaming up his model of a New York Central … Continue reading

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Harold Crouch: 1920-2009

Railroaders everywhere lost a great friend with the passing of Harold Crouch on Friday, March 27. Harold was a 1943 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. After his time … Continue reading

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NYC Passenger Timetables of the 1960s: 1

Through the 1960s, the New York Central was preparing for merger with its archrival Pennsylvania Railroad. In an attempt to be viewed as a more modern mode of transportation, the railroad experimented with many cover designs for its system timetable. … Continue reading

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NYC GE 70-ton Switcher Saved

In 1942 General Electric built eight 70 ton center cab diesel locomotives for the New York Central. Numbered 506-513, they were among the first 70 ton switchers built by GE. Originally intended to be used switching passenger cars in terminals, … Continue reading

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NYC Passenger Timetables of the 1960s: 2

City skyscrapers and mountain scenes dominate the cover of the October 30, 1966 passenger timetable. The illustrations are generic enough to be suggestive of many scenes, none of which look like territory served by the Central. While the railroad was … Continue reading

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Vintage Hudson Division Photos

A few photos from along the scenic Hudson Division from the mid-1960s, taken by Robert K. LaPorte, from a private collection. Supplied by Bill Strassner. April 10, 1965, a New York Central train speeds northbound at Breakneck Ridge, splitting the … Continue reading

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