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 in the service, he hired on with the New York Central, where he had a long and successful career, utilizing his Mechanical Engineering talents, in a variety of very interesting assignments. Harold was an avid live-steamer, and built a one-inch scale model of a New York Central Niagara, and an inch-and-a-half scale model of a Pacific. After his retirement, he stayed very busy, consulting locomotive maintenance for shortlines all over the Northeast. He made countless road trips with George Hockaday, to help maintain and repair Alco locomotives.
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