Reading & Northern 425 to Pull Fall Trips

Tickets are on sale for a fall foliage excursions on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway behind Reading & Northern 4-6-2 No. 425.

The trips will run Oct. 11-12 and operate from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pa. Tickets are $69 per person. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is an affiliate of Reading & Northern and operates over former Central Railroad of New Jersey tracks.

The excursion railroad will begin its tenth season over Memorial Day Weekend, featuring a one-hour, 16-mile narrated excursions. The 425 was built by Baldwin for the Gulf, Mobile & Northern in 1928. It later became Gulf, Mobile & Ohio No. 580 and was retired in 1950.

It was sold to steam enthusiast Paulsen Spence. After he died in 1961, his family had all but four of his 30 steam locomotives scrappe

Purchased in 1962 by Malcolm Ottinger, the 425 operated on the Valley Forge Scenic Railroad of Kimberton, Pa.

In the 1970s, it was purchased by BrianWoodcock and others,and moved to the Wilmington & Western Railroad, where it never operated there.

In 1983, the 425 was sold to Andrew J. Muller Jr. to power tourist trains on the Blue Mountain & Reading Railroad.

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