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 K-3r Pacific. Harold enjoyed a 34-year career with the NYC, Penn Central, and Conrail, so he knew a thing or two about trains. “I wish I had a good story about Harold to share,” Tom says, “Unfortunately, I only met him this one day the photographs were taken. He willingly gave his time to me, this complete stranger who hovered over his shoulder as he steamed up his locomotive.” Tom was shooting slides this day, and took mutliple exposures as Harold worked. “I can’t imaging how may shots I bracketed and flashes that were popped. Never once did he tire of my presence. I remember him as being very generous with his time. I’m grateful to him for letting me document his passion that day.” What follows are some of Tom’s photos from that day in 2000.
See more photos of Harold enjoying his hobby at: http://www.pbase.com/flls/h2c
According to information posted on the Finger Lakes Live Steamers web site, the funeral-mass service will be this Saturday, April4, 2009 at 10:00am at Holy Cross Church; 4492 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612.
I loved Harold Crouch! I was his secretary, Conrail, 1976-78! My first “real” job after graduating HS. I was assigned to the Mechanical, Electrical and Environmental Engineering Department. I was a pretty hot 18 year old….haha…..and had fun making Harold blush! He was a brilliant gentleman!
Mary Peyreferry Curren
Mary, was he pretty deaf at that time? I met him in the late 1980s when we took a car ride together to the Raritan yard of NJ Transit to inspect E8s that NJT was selling. Harold was my EXPERT consulting friend. He helped me pick 2 of the best candidates for saving and/or parts source. We had great fun though I had to us a very loud voice for him to hear me. My friend Mike Fox and I [purchased NJT locos 4320 nd 4321 ( NYC4068,4070). they came to the former D&H shop in Colonie NY where restoration on 4068 began and 3070 donated pieces. At Colonie, Harold and his friend George Hockaday were very helpful giving me advice. Sadly neither saw4068 as she proudly led 3 other E8s and 14 cars in 1998