Reading 2100 Fundraising Campaign Launched

A fundraising campaign to pave the way for restoration of Reading Company No. 2100 was launched this week amid a pledge from the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad that the 4-8-4 can operate over its tracks.

The American Steam Railroad Preservation Association is asking donors to give $21 per month for a year in a campaign seeking to raise at least $700,000.

Of course, donors could agree to contribute any reoccurring amount automatically. Those who donate regularly over time will be eligible to receive merchandise, the right to be first in line for advance ticket sales, and throttle time with the 2100.

The group’s president, Steven Harvey, said that if 3,000 people agree to donate at least $21 per month then the money needed to restore the 2100 will have been met.

Estimated costs of restoration include running gear repair, $270,000; appliance repairs, $50,000, and boiler work, $95,000, among other expenses.

The 2100 was moved by flatcar to Cleveland last April from Washington state. It is being stored in the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse that is owned by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

Harvey told Trains magazine that his group has received $10,000 in donations as well as received interest from regional railroads and corporate donors. Thus far, about 100 people have begun to donate $21 a month.

The CVSR just finished hosting Nickel Plate Road No. 765 and previously hosted Canadian Pacific 1293, which is owned by Jerry Jacobson.

“The allure of steam locomotives is demonstrated nearly every year at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. We’d like to collaborate with [ASRPA] to operate a series of test runs with 2100 and participate in our Steam in the Valley events,” said Ray Kammer Jr., CVSR’s director of operations and planning

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