Reading 2100 May Be Restored in Cleveland

Reading Company 4-8-4 No. 2100 was a fixture on excursions in the East during the 1960s. But lately it has been stored on the West Coast.

Now plans have been announced to remove the locomotive from storage in Richland, Wash., and transport it by flat car to Cleveland for restoration.

Leading the effort is the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association. Members of the group recently inspected the 2100 and determined that it is in reasonable mechanical condition and suitable for return to service.

The group also plans to transport to Cleveland on a flatcar the 2100’s tender and an auxiliary tender.

No date has been announced for the move. The group was founded in 2005 and is also seeking to raise money to move Frisco steam locomotive to Cleveland from its current home in Taylorville, Ill., to be restored.

Built in 1945 in Reading, Pa., No. 2100 was known for pulling the Reading’s Iron Horse Rambles from 1959 to 1964. Further information is available at

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One Response to “Reading 2100 May Be Restored in Cleveland”

  1. Jim Says:

    Hello, BNSF H-PASNTW is enroute to Minnesota with RDG 2100 on a QTTX four truck flatcar. The train is supposed to depart Whitefish, Montana Saturday morning (4/18). The tender(s) are on a following train.

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